The monastery near the Roman-Gaulish ruins had a beautiful garden we explored.
It was large and diverse, with large rose beds first, and tall trellises for climbing roses. There were so many lovely colors and shapes, including a violet rose.
Beyond this were the most beautiful flower beds planted according to color in geometric patterns. The flowers had grown together into a colorful mixture, looking at first rambling but when regarded more carefully the colors meshed together in layers of patterns and textures like a Persian carpet.
The patterns were actually quite simple. The first rows tended to have a pattern of 4 different flowers, the second row 3 that grew taller, the center had the tallest plants in a pattern of 2 or 3. One could easily design it on graph paper.
There were so many different plants in just one bed. I saw zinnias, marigolds, sage, tufted grasses, kale and silvery leafed cardoon, statice and begonias. Around the beds was simply mown to control weeds, but a little clover and oxalis had crept in with the flowers without interrupting the patterns.
The other half of the garden was a short lawn that led down to a view of Nice, planted with orange trees, pomegranates and shady lindens.
There was beautiful stone work, and down several steps a classic French hedge garden with fountains, and cardoon blooming between the shrubs.
fter the dirty, busy city it was a beautiful moment of peace to pause here.