Travel Journal 3: The Monastary Garden

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….

May Roses

The roses are blooming, the queen of any garden. The goats had eaten all but one of my roses i started many years ago from cuttings, and just this spring i bought new bare root plants to replace them, and it is wonderful to see them bloom for the first time, all different beautiful pinks….

Poppies

The poppies are the scarlet beauties of the garden right now.  The legion poppies have been blooming the longest, but every week a new kind is blooming, delighting us with new colors and shapes.   They are so proud and bold among the grass, yet so delicate with their ruffled petals like fine silk that glows…

Peaceful Mornings

Being in the countryside, with a lot of empty land around us,  you would think that there would be a lot of peace and quiet all the time,  especially in the very early mornings as the sun is just rising.  But you can’t imagine the awful barnyard noises I was ignoring while taking these pictures!…

 A Dance of Flowers

The flowers we started from seeds last fall have slowly,  slowly begun to bloom.  Clothilde helped me, with that rambunctious activity that the age of five years old inspires,  sow the seeds on the raised beds prepared with compost and soil. In the end I had no idea what got planted where,  and by now…

Blooming

Since the first frost that killed the last of the summer zinnias,  there have been no flowers in my garden. In the fall I seeded snap dragons, chrysanthemums, linaria, and poppies. They have grown slowly between the hard frosts, at least bringing the green of plant life to the empty flower beds, but no flowers, …

Early Summer Garden 2017

                    The summer garden is at that lovely and anticipating time when flowers are blooming and fruits are ripening.  I didn’t really have time for it, but I planted lots of flowers – zinnias, hollyhocks, Tithonia, marigolds and cosmos in the flower beds in front of…