1.07.2014

Early Morning Frost



Located in the village of Le Chatellier, sits one of the loveliest of France's gardens "Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne".  Originally designed in 1847 as a romantic English landscape garden, with pond and winding path, all complimenting the original  Chateau de la Folitiere. 


With time and a change of tenants, it has evolved into  "Gardens within a Garden". Twenty different garden themes as well as plants from five different continents continually thrive in this Normandy garden. 





 I thought it nice to introduce this late fall garden dressed in an early morning frost for a reason.

 A good reminder that gardens are living breathing things that continue on from season to season and should be appreciated as such. They do not have to die back to a mass of unsightly twigs , but can continue to complement their surroundings and amaze their visitors. 



The use of grasses as well as evergreens, both needled and leaf, plus an assortment of colorful barks and  perennial seed heads all help to reinforce this idea. Most designers start a design with the late spring, summer season  first, letting the colder months fall to the way side, hoping for at least a skeleton of the summer garden,  For many this is one of the shortest seasons. Wouldn't it be visually appealing if the designer  took into consideration the longer colder months first and then designed accordingly?



all images  Parc Botanique de Haute Bretagne

If you would like to add a more Classical feel to your garden please contact me for further information at mwhite841@verizon.net

9 comments:

  1. Oh Maryanne, c'est bien joli ce jardin! And even in our frozen state of being here in Minneapolis, there is beauty to behold, from inside!

    Enjoy the wait for spring. Anita

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    1. Stay warm Anita!

      The very best for 2014,
      Maryanne

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  2. A garden that looks as beautiful in winter as in summer must have great bones...no?

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  3. The light in these photos is STUNNING…………really took my breath away!

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    1. They are stunning, and if you are interested the garden has a facebook page where photos are continually posted of the different gardens.Great photography.

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  4. Maryanne, I discovered your blog today, I'm in love with these pictures! Meravigliose!

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  5. Wow...so beautiful! Thank you for the virtual tour!

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  6. Your photos are beautiful...like a French painting!

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