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 near Grasse…
Foliage of both silvery in the sunlight…
softly glowing in the summer dusk…
Stone fountain in the Luberon mountains…
Italian cypresses in the background…
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.
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
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….
Provence Style of Living
Photographs and captions from Maison Côté Sud
More garden inspiration at Authentic Provence here
Chateau Dominque here