• Notre Lune de Miel premeir

    12th June 2011Places to VisitStephanie Donaldson

    Imagine trying to plant something in such a hostile environment?

    According to Google Translate that means ‘our first honeymoon’.  We went to Normandy for a long weekend – it has become a favourite place since we started visiting the many fine gardens there.  I photographed plants that caught my eye, like the yellow horned-poppy that had established itself in a wall alongside the harbour at Dives sur Mer and the iris growing on the roof ridge of traditional thatched Norman houses.  This was done because the roots bind the ridge securely and absorb moisture.  We were just too late to see them in flower.

    A thatched timber frame house with iris on the roof

    A close-up of iris growing on the ridge of a thatched house

    Rosa rugosa is a wonderfully hardy plant, this wind-lashed site on the Normandy coast is no deterrent to flowering

    Wisteria foliage against a timber framed