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A Sensational Backdrop For The Cottage Garden We Envision

We feel that the remains of an old farmhouse, right next to the tiny cottage, constitute to an important part of the charm of Les Pierres. It often gives rise to conversations about past and future, like a magical portal in time. Of course we regularly entertain the thought of rebuilding (when winning the lottery) and usually my desire to learn old-fashioned skills and techniques to be able to do it myself is part of that thought.

It’s also feels like a huge responsibility to take care of the ruin in a way that does justice to it’s magic. There’s a lot of maintenance to be done this year to prevent the walls from crumbling down even more. Summer is not the best time for that though, not just because of the temperatures but also because of the invasion of weeds and brambles.

In the meantime the stones (literally ‘Les Pierres’) form a sensational backdrop for the cottage garden we envision to create in time. We planted the Mealy Cup Sage (Salvia farinacea) last year. It’s not an edible sage, but nevertheless it’s attraction to pollinators and ornamental value makes it a strong and colorful presence.

The clustered bellflower (Campanula Glomerata) in the picture has the vernacular name of Dane’s Blood, in reference to an old English legend claiming this flower would grow on the sites of battles against the Danes. We’re Dutch, but close enough, I’d say.

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