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May is the month of the jour férié in France with public holidays almost weekly, but it is also the month that gardens really start to bloom. After the spring warmth and rains but before the scorching heat of summer the three favourite French plants are in bloom - irises, roses and peonies. It is also the best time for the many garden openings and plant fairs across the country. So for inspiration here are some gorgeous gardens we are marketing at the moment:

In Lot et Garonne, an elegant Italianate garden with a magnificent iris walk.

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Stunning views across the Dropt valley on one side and a sensational chateau on the other, this is an exceptional property in and exceptional setting

If something more discrete is to your liking - how about a hidden courtyard garden in Hérault?  - 

Read more about it here: http://tinyurl.com/nlqwybf


A favourite of mine, because it blends so seamlessly and naturally into the magnificent surrounding scenery is this prairie style garden in the Lot

Read more about it here: http://tinyurl.com/jgc4avh


Finally - a garden for the romantic in Tarn et Garonne. This atmospheric garden has even featured in a book on romantic French gardens recently. 


Read more about it here: http://tinyurl.com/zdfh8sg


As for me - on Monday, which is a holiday in honour of la victoire de 1945, I will be at our local annual plant fair in Monsegur, Gironde. Read more about it and other things relating to gardens in France in our sister blog here: Diary of a Jardin Paysan

Have a great gardening weekend - Sue



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