Sunday, 31 August 2014

Impressions: Chaumont show gardens II

Both our friend Jane, as well as ourselves, took plenty of photos when we visited the show gardens at Domaine Chaumont-sur-Loire so here are a few more for you to enjoy.




These three above are from a garden called 'Péchés virtuels' which had, on the right [as you entered], an undulating carpet of low growing green plants on which were sat boxes of canna's. In between were little placards with the names of the seven deadly sins. On the other side there was an enormous butterfly with mottled wings.


Echinacea framing the turrets of Chaumont - part of the border which framed the central intersection in the show garden area.


This show garden, entitled 'Bloom', above, had a circular white table running round the perimeter of the garden with bar chairs - you can see a number of the chairs in the photo. The designer's idea was to reflect gluttony by having the planting represent all the things you couldn't reach when you were seated, as they were in the centre encircled by the table.



These two photos above are from 'Ma cassette' the first of the show gardens. The bamboo, below, is from what we dubbed the "teacup garden" and thought was called 'Bloom', but which in reality is entitled 'Le purgatoire des tentations'. Antoinette duly sat in a tea cup for a photo, as did Jane in our other post about the gardens which you can read about here.







With grateful thanks to our friend Jane H. for all the photos in this post, with the exception of Antoinette in the tea cup.

7 comments:

the fly in the web said...

True gluttons would have been under that table and heading for the goodies in seconds....

Such a superb photograph of the towers with the echinacea in the foregound.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@Fly - true! I wouldn't let such a small thing as a table get between me and chocolate ;-)

Perpetua said...

Gorgeous photos. The French do gardens and outdoor art rather well. :)

Alain Charest said...

It must have been a very interesting show. I like the various original names like péchés virtuels.

Niall & Antoinette said...

@ Alain - welcome :-)
It is an interesting festival. They run it each year [April to November] with a different theme. There were 24 festival gardens in all and this year's theme was Péchés Capitaux [7 deadly sins].

Niall & Antoinette said...

@ Perpetua - and the photos don't really do it justice!
We found the outdoor art worked really well - and there were lots of interesting installations to explore; unlike some other places we know.

JEH1002 said...

Great blog post - indeed a super spot! Thank you for crediting my pics too... though I'm not sure much credit is required! :-)