Saturday, 18 October 2014

A favourite Garden ~ La Roche Jagu

For no other reason but to annoy me, the weather here at home is dull and grey and there's been plenty of heavy rain. What a contrast from beautiful Brittany, where the weather was at least changeable but generally warmer, brighter for longer and with bluest sky. There were so many singing birds, butterflies, rabbits and birds of prey. The countryside is so rich and even in the rain it looks wild and mysterious.

Ugh, I got them post holiday blues alright! Plus my brain seems to be made of moosh since we came home, I'm really forgetful and slow...

I didn't really take many photos this visit but one place we both adore is La Roche Jagu - Ch√Ęteau and gardens.

Please allow me to share some photos with you of my most favourite areas...the vegetable and flower plots. I hope you too gather some inspiration as we have; this is the walk as it happened.

Clockwise from Top left:
* Pruned branches make this sturdy fence and chestnuts are left all over the ground for the squirrels.
* Tiny terracotta pots dangle from fences to act as hidey holes for snails and slugs
* Stones are drilled through and used as weights to hold down and let air through apple tree branches
* Insects have homes on the tops of arches by the climbers

Clockwise from Top left:
* Beautiful roses still in bloom
* The last of the apples in the orchard
* Stunning raised beds
* The air is so clear here high above the river Trieux.

Clockwise from Top left:
* Why not make your insect hotels into sculptures to enliven your space?
* Love the colours of these marigolds with the copper marker posts
* Box hedging used to create big beds full of flowers for the bees
* Leeks looking fabulous - love the slate for plant names

Clockwise from Top left:
* Still with the strawberries!!
* Small terracotta pots as plant markers and stored so sweetly for the winter; love the willow fence
* Love this idea for raised beds, using willow and right up to sitting height
* Beautiful quotes scattered throughout the garden "Each of my perfumes is a portrait of a woman!" Jean-Paul Guerlain 

Clockwise from Top left:
* Green manure of mustard fills one of the unused raised beds
* Visitors' bikes leaning against a beautiful tree
* Pumpkins written into as babies and now scarred with the cafe's name
* Would you look at that sky!!!

And after that, there's nothing better than some homemade cidre, just a little one ;)

The offical website - it does translate http://www.larochejagu.fr/

Love, hugs and a friendly 'hello again'
Carrie

16 comments:

  1. A lovely visit but I don;t think I'll be copying the hidey holes for slugs and snails.

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    1. They are a great way of controlling slugs and snails organically. I'm going to try it :)

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    2. a variation on the invitation to go and play in the traffic?

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    1. Hello Mr Pickles :) The slugs hide there and at the end of your work or the end of the day you can go around collecting them for the birds. Its an organic way of controlling them x

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  3. A most enjoyable post, and lovely pictures. It's good to see that you enjoyed yourselves.
    Flighty xx

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    1. Thank you Flighty, it was a lovely trip xx

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  4. I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday! I've only seen a little bit of Brittany (Dinan), but it was lovely and I hope to see more one day. Lovely photos!

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    1. Oh Kath, Dinan is one of my all time fave cities! You really ought to treat yourself to another trip ;) xx

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  5. So many little details that you've enjoyed on this holiday visit. Maybe that sunshiny warmth will keep you for a little while. I hear you've had blustery cold weather lately.

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    1. Oh all memories of that beautiful French sunshine have been wiped away :( It's cold and miserable here now... xx

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  6. I tried to pick a favorite picture, but too many of them to choose from:~) It looks like you had a lot of fun. There's always a let down time after a vacation. I go through it every time after we come back from one. It takes awhile the work, not play energy flowing:~)

    Like others said, I am glad you had such a nice holiday!

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    1. Sara you are too lovely - huge hugs

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