143…Inspiration in a french garden

by frances doherty on July 12, 2015

Yesterday feeling the need to get out and about, but also needing a destination to cycle to, we decided to visit a garden that we hadn’t seen before. It is called Le Jardin d’Agapanthe and is about an hours cycle through the small roads and fields from our house in Normandy.

This garden has only been open a few years and was started from scratch by the owners, but it has the feel of having been there a long time. I don’t know how people do it….

Anyway, it was just the right place for me with lots of lovely things to photograph;

an alium explosion

an alium explosion

my aliums have all been over for a while now, but these were tucked under the trees and were still in full bloom.

forest of aliums

forest of aliums

There were many glorious hydrangeas too….the french have a particular fondness for these and this garden had them in every possible colour,

interesting centres

interesting centres

purple and lime green hydrangea

purple and lime green hydrangea

Hydrangeas seem to have had the same rennaissance that Dahlia’s did a few years ago.

I’m not quite sure what this plant is..Angelica or similar? But it was nearly 3 metres high and towered above us.

huge umbels

huge umbels

Absolutely stunning.

My camera isn’t really up to macro shots and I would love to get an even closer picture of these pincushion flowers,

pincushion

pincushion

I love the bowl shape that the flowers make….and I have an idea stirring in my mind……..

On the way home we cycled past a house who had planted up a row of hydrangeas in the colours of the french flag…I’m not sure wether by design or accident….but I like to think it was done on purpose.

blue, white and red hydranges

blue, white and red hydranges

This week I have a new work experience student working with me so I should be able to crack on with my work. Always seeking to get ahead!

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