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Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday Photo Shoot Out: Gardens (part 1)

For today's Shoot Out, I'm going to take you to just two gardens. Le Jardin du Coq, and my own. The two are nothing alike, as you will see!

Le Jardin du Coq, in downtown Clermont, is your classic French garden. Perhaps a little less formal than most (no flat acres of raked gravel under excessively trimmed plane trees), it still captures that French Garden essence of strictly controlled beauty and the mastery of man's artistry over Nature's wildness.Bad people! No touching the grass! I mean it: in the summer there are guards patrolling the garden, shooing people off the lawn. They'll give you a ticket if you don't obey. No frisbee, no picnicing except on benches, no lying back on the lawn.No garden would be complete without its water-spouting/dribbling statuary and a few mallards hanging around. Or without a commemorative bust in front of the sequoia (gift of the people of California).Our rose garden is just starting to bud. In a month the trellises will be covered with roses of all colors.Yes, well, there is one raked gravel path around the edge, and its row of plane trees. These are overdue for a good trim.

11 comments:

Butler and Bagman said...

Ooh...I love the flower mosaics...

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Science Girl!!!!!!!!!
What beauty surrounds you and you've captured it with such enthusiasm. I don't think that I could ever make it into the lab to work if I walked by this very often. I would be mesmerized.......
I'm excited that you get to pick out next week's subject for our "Shoot-Out". I thank you again for joining our gang and fiving us a glimpse of the beauty in France :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

sciencegirl said...

Hi Reggie!!!!
Life can be mesmerizing wherever you are. You just need to look at it with fresh eyes from time to time.
It's up to me for next week? COOL! As a diehard enthousiast for public transportation, I pick: Bus Bike and Hike. How do you get around your town without a car?

Barry said...

I loved the tour and the beautiful photography! What a shame people aren't allowed to walk on the grass! Here in Toronto the public gardens have signs reading, "Please Walk On The Grass"

And I love your theme for next week. It will let us get some motion and energy into our pictures!!

Patty said...

I forgot to say that peacock is fabulous. And I love apricots! We have fig trees, but they are such late bloomers.

sciencegirl said...

There's a fig tree just down the street from me. The poor thing - it puts out fruit like a trooper every year, but it's too cool a climate for it to ever ripen before autumn.

Owl Eng said...

oh my...the garden itself is a big beauty!!!

Chef E said...

Wow! I love statues, and the flower mosaics! I love it all...there is nothing immediately near me like this, but the architecture all around me makes up for that lack there of!

Kim said...

What wonderful contrasts of the home garden and the public garden. Both with their own elegance to nourish the soul. (Except maybe the "get off the Grass" rule makes things a little less friendly).

Do you bake up some Rhubarb pie in the summer? It's my favorite!

Missy said...

Thanks for touring us in the Jardin du coq, that's a lovely garden indeed. I like the peacock mosaic flowers, awesome.

Si's blog said...

Gardens like this are fun. But I like ones where you can lie down in the grass, too.

We have a fantastic fig in our back yard. Lots of figs to eat. For us and for the birds. A gift from a neighbor.