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Provence Style of Living

A slow and fragrant ascent up-slope to a 17th century stone house

edged with bush morning glory, vittadinia (looks like erigeron),

round balls of dwarf boxwood, rosemary tumbling over the upper

walls and stalwart olive trees and cypresses defining the view…

Lavender and olive trees

Lavender and olive trees near Grasse…

Foliage of both silvery in the sunlight…

softly glowing in the summer dusk…

Stone fountain in the Luberon mountains

Stone fountain in the Luberon mountains…

Italian cypresses in the background…

Olive leaves Trouvais

Up close glimpse of my new olive tree…will be moved up to a sloped Provence garden

I’m creating off the master bedroom. Blue Italian cypresses, lavender, the daisy like

ground cover erigeron, hazy blue nepata, and a pallet of Sonoma stone are slowly

moving into place. The David Austin white Glamis Castle roses have been pruned back

hard to rejuvenate them and creeping thyme is started between the pavement.

Rather than terracing the area to a perfect level,  I’m letting there be a gentle

slope, planning a more informal pathway of steps up through the sloped garden.

Stone table in Provence

Harvesting lavender on an old stone table shaded by mulberry trees

on the terrace of an 18th century country house in Haut-Var…

Reminds me of last summer when I was doing the same with my

bumper crop of lavender …see my Lavender Harvest post here

The scent was intoxicating, heavenly….

One can never have too much lavender! My favorite type here

Garden gate and Provence garden

Clipped yew hedges and conical boxwood attempt to order the riotous lavender

in the kitchen garden of the Château Val-Joanis in the Luberon mountains…

gold fine pathway and an old wrought-iron gate….

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Provence Style of Living

Jérôme Coignard

Photographs and captions from Maison Côté Sud

More garden inspiration at Authentic Provence here

Chateau Dominque here