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Courtyard and  Riverside

     Wildflower Meadow

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There is a small courtyard in front of the house, this is enclosed for privacy and is only for the use of the apartment guests.  The courtyard has recliners and a table and is an ideal place to have your morning croissants and coffee, or to relax in the evening with a glass of wine.     
 
We also  own a large piece of land at the edge of the River Orbieu just ten minutes walk from the apartment - or two minutes drive if it's too hot to walk - there is parking space there. Over Autumn and Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 we cleared this land of trees and bushes so that the grasses and wild flowers could return and grow more freely, we continue to re wild this land with the aim of it eventually being  a  wildflower meadow. Many years ago this was three vegetable gardens, the river has reclaimed some, but there is still a very large area left  and this is private and for the use of our gite guests only.   We have planted some fruit trees to join the two quince, several cherries and an apricot that were already established, so there are now more than 20 fruit trees; the blossom in the Spring will be magnificent.

We are keeping a small part of the area mowed and recliners  are  provided so that you can sun bathe or sit and picnic in the shade of a tree, enjoying the amazing variety of wild flowers in this region and listening to the birdsong - because of the proximity of the river we have so many bird visitors to the garden -
we have seen many unusual birds, including an eagle. Please feel free to wander and enjoy  the whole area, but you are not allowed, by French law, to barbque in the gardens or to light any type of fire, it is so hot and dry it would be an extreme hazard to do so.

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Path down to wildflower garden and the lawn &  gorgeous  river view

NB The steps down to the garden are steep concrete steps, we are in our 70's and it proves no problem to us but if you have a mobility problem you may not be able to use them.

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Forget me Nots

Periwinkle

Iris

Flanders Poppies

Grape Hyacinth

Oleander *

Dandelion

Rose*

Genet (Broom)

Coronille

Rosemary *

Lavender

Bamboo

Clover

Cow Parsley

Love in a Mist/Nigella

Bignone* (Trumpet Vine)

Oleander

Elderberry

Blackberry brambles

Silver Poplar

Nasturtiums

Zinnia

Dandelion

Wild Madder

Speedwell

Star of Bethlehem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following trees, shrubs, climbers and flowers can be found in the garden and meadow, perhaps you can identify more? Those asterisked have been planted by us, the rest are either wild or are from the remnants of the old flower garden that fronted onto the ancient potagers (vegetable gardens).

 

 

 

 

Cherry

Apricot

Quince

Pomegranate*

Olive*

Fig*

Orange*

Lemon*

Persimmon*

Almond*

Apple*

Bay

Passion Flower

Grape Vine *

Amaranthus (Love Lies Bleeding)

Mediterranean Caper

Bamboo

Violets

Calendula (Marigold)

Sun flowers *

Dill

Wild Garlic

Euphorbia

White Campion

Hortensia

Clover

Mallow leaved Cranesbill

Wild Rocket (Deplotaxis Erucoides)

Mediterranean Caper

              Capre

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Old Well  - path leads to the fruit trees and  wildflower meadow

 

Relaxing under the olive tree

View of the mowed, lawn area

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Quince Tree
    Coing

Flanders Poppies

    Coquelicot


February 2022
Flowers growing
Speedwell
Wild Rocket
Violets
Campanula
Periwinkle

Rosemary
Trees in Blossom
Almond
Trees coming into leaf
Quince



 

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                    Diary 2022

January 2022

Trees planted

Orange

Lemon

Fig

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March 2022  

Trees  planted             In Flower

Fig                                    Quince

Cherry                            Grape Hyacinth

Apricot                          Dandelion

                                             Coronille

Trees in Leaf             Speedwell

 Pomegranate              Campanula

 Fig                                  Wild Rocket

 Cherry                           Periwinkle

                                           Wild Garlic