Inspiration from French roundabouts & Chaumont chateau

Driving through France recently – on my way to visit familyand give a talk on ‘coppicing’ to a gardening club – I had great fun photographing ‘les ronds points Anglais’ I think these could become a subject of another gardeing club talk. 

On the way we took a detour through the Loire valley to the ‘Chaumont garden festival’.  This was my second visit to this very conceptual garden event.

http://www.domaine-chaumont.fr      –> Festival des jardins  –> Visite

 grapes
A vinyard radiating out from one side of the roundabout and a lavander field on the other side –  the tradition of the area is handed to the ‘passer by’

 caen
Rocks and sculpture provide a sense of drama hinting at a turbulent past, low maintenance planting sofens the scene

topiary & bedding
A bit too formal for my liking but well done

thyme & roses
Bold use of thyme, a good combination with roses, great for insects too