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When my grandmother was my age or perhaps even younger, she doesn’t remember exactly, she planted a larch. I think it’s a Japanese one, Larix kaempferii, but I’m not one hundred percent sure. I’d say it’s something between 12-15 meters high today. Both my grandmother and my grandfather, when he was alive, were quite interested […]

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  • Olli Wuokko - October 21, 2012 - 18:53

    Hi Henrika! So you still have your Metasequoia living? I think that it might have been the same year that I got mine, if it was 2007, and it could be from the same garden center. My Metasequoia died about two years ago and it was about 3 meters tall that time. Couse of death was something to do with the root system as it was completely rotten when it pulled it up.
    However, Metasequoia is one of the few plants that don’t have better or worse source in means of better hardiness as all the trees these days are from the few surviving individuals (probably now extinct from the wild) in China.

    Great blog!ReplyCancel

    • HA - October 21, 2012 - 19:12

      Thanks (kiitos) Olli! Yes the Metasequoia is doing well, a few centimeters at the end of each branch has frozen a bit during some winters, but mainly it’s growing nicely and doing fine so far :-)ReplyCancel

In contrast to Château de Vandrimare which had been in the same family since 1492 (!) and which I just wrote about, Jardin de Valérianes is a smaller creation by its current owners. The garden was in two parts on each side of the road with a lot of interesting perennials, some roses and a […]

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  • Ingmarie We/Refugium - October 18, 2012 - 20:05

    Utsökta foton från de normandiska trädgårdarna. Det svenska månadsmagasinet Femina hade för ganska många år sedan en artikelserie om några av dessa trädgårdar. Jardins d’Angelique kommer jag ihåg. Besökte ni den?

    PS! Du vet säkert att det finns en syrén som heter princess Sturdza och en astrantia med samma namn. Syrenen såg jag på en plantskola här i närheten i våras.ReplyCancel

    • HA - October 19, 2012 - 08:47

      Tack Ingmarie! Nej jag visste faktiskt inte om Astrantian och syrenen. Vi var på Jardins Angelique också, och där hade jag varit en gång tidigare, men jag har inte ännu hunnit välja bland de bilderna.. Hela resans program är här , men det tar en stund före jag har hunnit igenom allt :-)ReplyCancel

Seeing the park at Château de Vandrimare was very interesting, I think it was the one garden that I missed the first time I was in Normandy since for some reason I had the wrong opening times. Seeing it now with our wonderful group did not go quite perfectly either. We were shown around by […]

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If it weren’t for the weather I would be quite excited about the new border I’m making. I’m finally going to have a large perennial border that will suit both large perennials and grasses. There will be two passageways through it so there will also be nice spots for smaller and lower plants. There will […]

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Le Vasterival was the garden that I was most looking forward to seeing on our trip. It is world renown and it is one that I had not been able to visit before, as you can only visit it as part of a group. It was created by Princess Greta Sturdza and her husband Prince Georges […]

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  • Ingmarie We/Refugium - October 14, 2012 - 13:55

    Underbara foton från ‘din fransyska visit’. Jag njuter verkligen av de vackra fotografierna.ReplyCancel

    • HA - October 14, 2012 - 20:31

      Tack! Det är fler på kommande bara jag hinner gå igenom dem!ReplyCancel

  • Piia Anneli @ annelivia - October 14, 2012 - 19:19

    These are so exquisite! I would love to visit such a lovely garden – all the Acers are making my heart thump!ReplyCancel

    • HA - October 14, 2012 - 20:30

      The Acer palmatums sure are wonderful, I had to by a few for the large border that I’m just making! Two “Dissectum Atropurpureums” and one “plain” green ‘Dissectum’. I’ll just have to hope that I can protect them from rabbits (hares) and that the cold will not be too bad for them. My mother has a few in one of her borders, the rabbits are the far worse threat..ReplyCancel

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