olive tree

‘Picholine’ olives, a taste of Provence

Picholine olive is a special variety native to southern France. Consumers are often unaware of the fact: olive oil from NĂźmes was awarded in 2004 the title of “controlled designation of origin“: Appellation d’Origine ContrĂŽlĂ©e (AOC) in French.
Plump Picholine olives on the branch.

Winterizing your olive trees

It might come as a surprise, but what is most fatal to olive trees in winter isn’t the cold – it’s moisture. If the cold sets in gradually and the air is dry, olive trees are hardy down to 10 to 17°F (-8 to -12°C) and have been known to survive temperatures as low as […]
An olive tree in winter with snow.

Olive trees, even in the North!

Olive trees in the North? Yes, you can do it! A single thing matters: take great care of the special needs of this exceptional tree.
Close-up of an olive tree branch covered in heavy snow.

Russian Olive, a nice shrub

Russian olive trees are beautiful shrubs, and their name comes from their native region – Southern Russia – and their resemblance to olive trees around the Mediterranean.
Beautiful Russian olive branch in full bloom with blurred background.

Mediterranean garden planting ideas

Here is a typical Mediterranean garden for show, presented at the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show. English natives adore French Provence and this garden drew quite a crowd.