Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Clos du Peyronnet - Garden Group Visit - 29 April 2015

This is our second visit to Clos du Peyronnet.  The last time was on 12 June 2012 - 3 years ago.  Different plants were in flower. William Waterfield showed us around as before. Not often do you find a house that has been owned by the same family for over 100 years. William Waterfield's grandparents bought the house in 1912 from a Mrs. Troubridge.  After the death of his parents during the Second World War, their son Humphrey, William's uncle remodelled and replanted the garden. When Humphrey died in 1971, the house passed on to his brother Anthony Waterfield, William Waterfield's father and then to William himself.  William has lived in the house since 1976.  The house is now divided up in apartments.

The front of the house is covered in a beautiful Wisteria, with double flowers, Wisteria sinensis:

In front of the house is a lawn with several varieties of Mimosa and Salvias. There were two Salvia's in flower:
Salvia discolor with very sticky leaves, with almost black flowers


Salvia guaranitica


From the front garden you could see a Fremontodendron californicum in flower:

close up of the flower

and on the opposite side a Dombeya burgessiae with its spherical pendant flowers:

There are many lovely pots all around the garden.  Some, like this Anduze pot were specially made for Laurence Johnston of Serre de la Madonne by the Anduze pottery Boisset:

Corinthe major given to William by Joanna Millar of Domaine du Prieure in Tourrettes-sur-Loup. We visited her garden in May 2013.

Geranium maderense

A very good rose according to W. Waterfield - Rosa cooperi

Aeonium arboreum, several of us were given a cutting.  On our morning visit to Val Rahmeh, there was another Aeonium arboreum with deep purple leaves and a green heart, Aeonium  atropurpureum

Caesalpinia gilliesii, according to W. Waterfield, it should do fine in our area

Rosa banksiae in full bloom with the sea in the background

The water staircase with 5 pools cascading down the hill made by William's uncle Humphrey

Bletilla striata

Sue together with William Waterfield

Photos:  Lilianne Feldman, Jacqueline Hodkinson, Tineke Stoffels, Gabriella Wellesley

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