Jewels at the Pres ….. A Garden Diary in Normandy

Jewels at the Pres

A Garden Diary in Normandy

It’s the second week of June, 2014.

We arrive at 02.30 after a fairly fraught day getting here!

The Pres is overgrown, after a month away in May.


The grass is long and spattered with yellow common cats’ ear flowers and the topiary is becoming fuzzy; but there are jewels all around the garden.










Some of the roses are old fashioned chocolate box cover pictures!






Not all the jewels are flowers; there are beautiful insects too.











We might even get enough gooseberries from the beleaguered, neglected bush for one meal next week!




…..Above, at night, a honey moon.


After one late afternoon’s cut, the garden begins to look cared for again.

…..more tomorrow…..



Anne ….. 13.06.2014

18 Responses

  1. karenp says:

    oh what a lovely garden Anne, that lawn looks so lush and healthy too, love the roses, i have one just like your red ones that look like a bouquet of roses on one stem :good:

  2. Fab Anne, no wonder you love spending time there. You can feel the tranquility through the photo’s :rose:

  3. gertie says:

    Thank you Lynn :rose:
    Like I said, no matter how much I don’t want to leave Gertie’s Garden, this enfolds us with tranquillity [good word that :yes: ] when we arrive. :rose:

  4. Lovely Anne and the grass looks good too – not too short ;-)

    • gertie says:

      Well, it’s a meadow Jane, has everything from vetch to cats’ear dandelion-like flowers in it, not to mention tiny little periwinkles, birdseye , daisies, clover…you name it….. and moss…..but I don’t care…it’s not a lawn. My brother will be here next month so he may be can do the next cut :yahoo:

  5. shedsue says:

    And what jewels they are. We are so lucky to enjoy flowers like we do :rose:

  6. gertie says:

    :yes: :yes: :yes: and there are so many pretty wild ones around here too Susie :rose:

  7. Hayley says:

    What a beautiful spot Anne, fabulous pictures as ever :good:

  8. cilla says:

    What a delightful garden Anne, beautiful flowers and stunning pics of the insects. Tranquil sounds just right. :rose:

  9. gertie says:

    Thank you Cilla…it grows on you, the longer you stay. Just found a superb moth on the garden door step. Now waiting for the evening toads!!

  10. dixon says:

    Lovely roses gertie, wish I could say the same. :cry:

  11. gertie says:

    Thanks Dixon :rose: They are pretty this year, especially the yellow and reds…I am slowly discovering that judicious pruning pays dividends :lol: Before I always hated cutting back, but they like it. Talk about a slow learner :wacko:

  12. Beanstew says:

    Its lovely, Anne – and I am not surprised you enjoy the space – there is something in the human psyche that unfurls and expands when it has room to do so, no matter how packed with interest our own little corner might be. I do wish you had more time to do nothing there though, except simply enjoy it. Will you retire here eventually, do you think?

  13. gertie says:

    Thank you Sheila :rose: you are so right about the space.
    It has been a rather hectic visit this time and we are aiming at a more relaxed one in the Autumn :yes:
    We have considered retiring here, but us both of being inveterate Londoners, we have decided to have main base there, not least because we are both heavily reliant on the NHS for our well being and sorting all that out in French quadruplicate doesn’t bear thinking about!! :wacko: :rose:

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