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Some inspiration from a birthday spent in France

0 Written by Lisa on 3rd Jun 2014 in Inspiration

Estuary at Saint Valery Sur Somme Lisa Cox Designs

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and we decided to go over to France to a little boutique-style Logis we know that has a wonderful restaurant attached.

We’re so conveniently located for France, just an hour from the Eurotunnel, so often it’s quicker to get there than it is to get to the West Country!

Saint Valery sur Somme Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The weather was absolutely superb – the first and only really warm and sunny weekend we’re had this year. We had planned to visit a garden, but as they don’t open until 3pm on Sundays it didn’t allow us enough time.

Saint Valery sur Somme Lisa Cox Designs

Instead we decided to go to Saint-Valery-Sur-Somme which has a market on Sundays.  So we mooched around for a few hours, walked along by the estuary and had a scrummy lunch in the sunshine.

Saint Valery sur Somme estuary Lisa Cox Designs

There was lots to inspire from the long grasses along the estuary to the stone and flint walls…

Stone wall and gateway Saint Valery Sur Somme Lisa Cox Designs

Flint & Stone wall with spring planting Lisa Cox Designs

A few small areas around the fort had been sown as wildflower meadow…

Cornflowers in Saint Valery Sur Somme Lisa Cox Designs

And there was plenty in flower around the streets…

Rosa Buff Beauty Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Centaurea montana in Saint Valery Sur Somme Lisa Cox Garden Designs

But its scenes like this tree lined track that get my creative juices flowing – the shadow of the trees and the way it invites you to go exploring.

Tree lined track Saint Valery Sur Somme Lisa Cox Designs

Maybe a bit grand for an average Surrey garden, but with a bit more space or even a different choice of plant you could easily create something similar.


(Images: Lisa Cox)


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