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Roses and French gardens

Rachel Riley

Loire 2006

“The valley of the river Loire is wide and open as an ocean’s estuary.

Stately poplar, dappled by the water’s reflected silver light, line its

banks, creating a shimmering view that Monet might have painted.

Along the river’s bluffs cluster sleepy pale stone villages or tracts of

verdant parkland elegantly punctuated with stately medieval châteaux,

eighteenth-century gentihommeries, and prim Second Empire mansions

where legions of Madame Bovarys must have sighed away their lives.

by Hamish Bowles (click for 1stdibs profile)

Words painting a picture in my mind…

François Halard photography

Vogue Living Houses, Gardens, People

old roses and aqua tones in French Chateau

They say that March comes in as a lion, goes out like a lamb…

Now that the growl of Winter is behind us, Spring is veritably

gamboling down our garden paths. I  was struck by the pure

bliss in designer Rachel Riley‘s face…and of course

the roses nearly tumbling out of her full basket….

French Chateau in Loire Valley

Château de la Roche Froissard