The garden here in Caunes is a real joy. When we first saw it, apart from falling in love with it, we were concerned that we could never take care of it.
We were wrong. It is a garden you can leave to go wild completely, or, as we have done, cultivate bits of it at a time….and watch as wilderness overtakes other bits.
This area of France has fascinating plants. The Garrigue, with mountain flora and fauna, fabulous greens and forest land comes head on with the Mediterranean, dry, scrubby, rocky, palms, succulents and desert plants. Our garden has it all…as well as vines, olive trees, almond trees, fig trees, more varieties of oak than I knew existed….oh and a couple of lilac trees that miraculously survived the cold winter of 2012 ( unlike our large palm and 2 mimosa trees….although the mimosa has re sprouted…so all was not lost )
At the moment, I am leaving vast swathes of the garden completely wild, as it would seem a tragedy to cut down the amazing wild flowers that have self seeded and flourished in the wet spring. I know that in a few weeks, most of the green will have gone, and things will be dried out….the clearing of paths can wait until then.
So here are a few images of the colour in the garden this spring…..when I think it is at its best. ( I haven't included any photos of the amazing trees in the garden, because I think they may feature in a blog of their own).
and there are also...roses.