Saturday, 5 May 2012

Colourful Spring Flowers

Its still early in the garden of les Deux Platanes but the spring flowers are trying very hard to put on a good show despite the rain and wind we have experienced in abundance this year. 

Our first guests for this year were from Australia and although they did not enjoy the best of weather the cottage garden provided some colour in contrast to the rather gloomy sky.
Columbines (Aquilegia) in lots of colours
2 late flowering tulips under the trees
This camelia flower withstood the rain
1 of the rhododendrons just starting to flower
This lovely bouganvilla was a present for my birthday

Those who follow this BLOG will know we have over 200 plants growing in pots ready to go into the garden and all the hanging baskets etc. Maureen started this week on the task of planting up troughs, hanging baskets and flowering tubs plus a few found their way into the borders. In addition I have noticed some new flowering shrubs and bushes which have appeared!!! How did Maureen sneak these past my eagle eyes? All of the tubs etc are still in the greenhouse or in the barn until the weather improves but I am sure that before the end of May everything will be in place for all the guests arriving over the summer months.

Wine Fair : We do not spend all of our time in the garden - a recent wine fair in Chinon provided an opportunity to try some new wines and enjoy a lovely fine and sunny day in this beautiful and historic town.

The town was full of tents from the hundreds of vignerons in  the area, the wine was all free after you bought a special commemorative wine glass for 4 Euros!

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