Europe 2011

Loches: Gardens

 

Loches had many roses in bloom. These are in a street in the citadel. †

 

 

And these were in the gardens of the Donjon. †

 

 

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The château of Villandry is famous for its formal gardens. †

 

Garden of love. *

 

The formal water garden. †

 

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An informal poppy. *

 

Lavender but not yet in bloom. *

 

The herb garden. *

 

The vegetable garden. *

 

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And, of course, more roses. †

 

 

 

The gaardens at Château de la Chatonnière are less formal than those at Villandry, but very enjoyable. *

 

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The leaf garden, named for the shape of its flower beds. *

 

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The garden had an "osier walk". Osiers are lengths of willow that are stuck into the ground and then interwoven to form the framework for a walk. The willows take root, and grow to form a shady walk. Here are roses growing up the outside. *

 

Here is a view from the inside. *

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A field sprinkled with poppies, outside the formal garden area. *

 

Lynn's favourite rose: not easy to photograph because the head is so heavy that it hangs down. *

From Loches, we moved on to the Brittany coast at Quiberon.

 

 

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