Still catching up on our last couple weeks in France! When we arrived back in Loches after our quick trip to London, we had to really start packing up and preparing for our departure. Knowing we would be spending five weeks in Italy, we decided to pack up a whole bunch of our belongings to ship back home to Canada. In between packing and tying up loose ends, we spent our last weekends visiting a couple more château gardens, which we’d been waiting to see in full spring bloom.
We spent a beautiful sunny May day with some good friends visiting les jardins de Villandry. After a yummy picnic on the banks of the Cher, we went inside the château gates and were amazed by the beautiful gardens.
Highly structured and rather unlike any other gardens we’ve seen this year, Villandry’s gardens are beautifully maintained and very precisely appointed. The potager is planted in patterned squares, each with a different colour theme, and punctuated by rose topiaries at every intersection. Each year, the potager is planted in a different order, and there is a chart at the entrance to illustrate where each vegetable pairing is placed. The garden is bordered by over 7 km of boxwood hedge! It is unreal.
We were there at the tail end of the spring planting. The potager was just starting to fill in, and the ornamental gardens were filled with forget-me-nots and the beginnings of begonias. In the summer, the colours in between the boxwood borders totally pop, I’d have loved to see it in full bloom. There are some photos on their website.
We had a super fun day exploring the gardens with our wonderful friends. Their older daughter is Danica’s best friend in France, they became close very quickly and spent many days and hours playing and enjoying each others’ company. Danica misses her a lot, and one day we hope that the two of them will be able to visit again!