A French garden in the Snow


I’m sure my American readers, those from the higher latitudes anyway, are saying “what’s all the fuss about – 2 inches of snow!”

Snow on Lavender

Snow on Lavendula angustifolia Munstead

It’s true, I still find sights like this a joy and a great excuse, if one were needed, to get out and play with the family. We tend to have snow for only a week here in the Loire Valley so its important to make the most of it.

Any excuse as well, to put on the close-up lens and see what’s really going on down there. This shot is of a portion of Lavender, planted this summer as a hedge against the house. The rear of the house is so well proportioned and formal that a formal hedge was the only solution.

Snow on Winter Jasmine

Snow on Winter Jasmine

A rare thing in our garden – an inherited plant. This is Jasminium nudiflorum, the winter flowering Jasmine. It grows on a summer wall – not the most appropriate place – where I have planted a variegated summer-flowering Jasmine. My gardens are full of little horticultural jokes like this, both our own gardens and those of clients, to be explained to those who dont know and discovered by those who do.

Snow on Snail Maker

Snow on Snail Maker by David Goode

The snail maker by David Goode, is one of several sculptures we brought with us when we moved to France from the UK. This and our Japanese granite lantern are pictured here. The Snail Maker graces a patch of weedy ground next to the old well and hand pump, looking appropriately enigmatic.

The lantern is on the opposite side of the garden, in the shade of the old Sequoia,  in an area populated by oriental plants. In a past life we had a little low-voltage bulb in it and have plans to do something similar here, perhaps using a solar panel to generate the power to run it.

Snow on lantern
Snow on Japanese lantern

The temperatures dropped to minus 12 degrees C at midnight last night, according to the sign outside the chemist in the main square. The blanket of snow will have helped considerably to protect our plants from the cold and as it melts they will get a good watering. All this and pretty too: worth a little inconvenience I think.

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2 thoughts on “A French garden in the Snow

  1. Hello,

    I found your blog via Blotanical. Welcome! I would love a touch of snow….but that is rare in the Arizona desert. I love your Snail Maker, especially with a dusting of snow on top. I look forward to reading more posts.

  2. Liza and John’s Garden welcomes you to Blotanical.
    We enjoy discovering garden blogs and meeting gardeners from around the world.
    You are welcome at our blog anytime, come for a visit. http://jwlwgardens.com
    Say HI when you do.
    Have a great day, John

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