Beautiful private gardens have been opened for spring visits in France

In September, gardeners of all nationalities will open their gardens, large and small, open to the public, fundraising for charity, and gardens to visit in the open gardens. Some have fixed opening days, while others are open by appointment.

Sarah and David Asplin open at Chess Sarazin, Brosak, Charente September 5, 14-18h00.

Sarah and David Asplin Garden as seen today

They bought their house on 3.5 acres[3.5 ha]six years ago, on a majestic mountain in the countryside. Since then, they have transformed the garden from the traditional desert into Sarah Asplin, a traditional English cottage garden mix with a combination of dense tropical vegetation.

Sarah and David Asplin Garden;

In the garden before David Asplin changed

“This ‘jungle-feeling’ is being built in the big courtyard,” she said. “Downhill banks, formerly muddy and thorny, are now planted with plants that have been cut down, seeds or partitions. Our two gardens contain drought-tolerant plants, and in the summer, when the stumps are in need of little maintenance.

It was hard work. “It’s almost like a hard lime here, and sometimes Sarah had to get out with an ax before she could start planting,” says David Asplin. One of our most valuable purchases was the cutting machine. There are many plants that need to be cut and we cut them and put them in a 6 cm layer like straw on the garden. It retains moisture and improves the soil by adding organic matter.

In September, the lesser known Salvians in France should be in bloom, as well as canna lilies, titonia, wonderful red banana trees, dahlias and tetrapanax.

Henry Narddi, the owner of a garden with about 2,000 species in Lunell, can call for an appointment throughout September 75 06 22 34 67.

He built the garden in retirement and retired at the age of 84, still lovingly caring for the 3,500m2 plot.

“I have been a gardener for 72 years since I was 12 years old,” he says. “I don’t know how to do anything else, I don’t even change the light bulb. I spend a good three-quarters of my time in the garden. I want it to be a place where people can see unseen plants. ”

With a modest pension, he spends a maximum of 150 150 a year on new plants, but he uses every opportunity to buy or exchange any unusual variety he finds through a plant show, friends or research. There are many plants, including Katie, Grass, Yukaka, Varnium, Osmantus, Aracar coniferous trees, and the oil-rich Moroccan argan tree.

Two strange examples are the spinal cord Colletia cruciata In the shape of a cross with thorns, first from South America and Chlorondrom Trichotom, With colorful red flowers around the center of a blue berry.

“I like anything special. I have an Algerian iris that has different leaves and flowers that bloom in winter and have a wonderful scent. It’s one of my favorites Oxypetalum coeruleum Or Sweden, I bow in the blue veranda with little flowers.

I hope that anyone who comes to my garden will make new discoveries. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people.

Annie Specht-Carpentier, 37, will open her garden for the Grand Bagon, Freestyle, and Hote-Vienne by appointment, and says September is one of the best months of her life.

Annie Speech-Carpenter Garden

Saffron albidum tree in Anne Specht-Carpentier garden in autumn

Mrs. Speech-Carpenter, the couple who started cultivating the garden, moved to the old farm they bought thirty years ago, ten years ago.

“There is nothing here, so I planted everything you see now. The upper part was grazing land and was surrounded by fenced-in fences such as borders, but it was also food and shelter for small mammals such as birds and hedgehogs. It is very colorful in the fall and in the trees, some of which are unusual. There are Malus, Prunus, Cornus, Nibrinum, and other species. ”

Second, the lower part of the garden has many years of self-seeding, such as foxgloves, roses, clematis, shrubs, and an annual English cottage garden.

Ms. Spach-Carpenter implanted it as an “emotion” on her inspiration to attend a plant show. Then she would look for the right place in the garden, and if she did, she would leave it, or she would move to another place. It is important to give new plants a good start in life:

I follow the advice of Princess Gretta Sturzan, a wonderful gardener who is no longer alive, but who has developed a garden, near Dippe, still open to the public. When planting trees, she dug a hole at least 80 cm deep, placed fine soil at the bottom, and filled the rest with carefully prepared compost, bone meal, and other essentials. It may take me half a day to plant a tree, but I find it worthwhile.

Ms. Specht-Carpentier says she built her garden, so there is something interesting even in winter. You can call 06 34 95 26 49 to make an appointment.

You can find open gardens for September on the calendar, or on the recurring opening page.

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