[blank]All of my life creativity has been essential to my well being. Finding a way to express myself each day is simply vital, without it I am dull and lifeless.
One of the privileges of country life is to know many creative people, whose talents are diverse and rich. I love the surprises. The discovery of a ceramics workshop in an old farm building; a lady painting porcelain in her home; the watercolour artist whose day job is as a doctor….[blank]
[blank]Maybe this is simply one of the aspects of country life: people are less anonymous, individual talents have more space to blossom. Whatever the reason, I want to celebrate the everyday creativity of people I know here.[blank]
[blank]Today I introduce you to François, a landscape gardener, a botanist and to my mind an artist. François has been helping me out with the remodelling here, and I was delighted to visit his home and take a tour of his own garden. It is quite small, but impeccable and the perfect showcase for his talents.[blank]
[blank] Sand strewn paths invite the visitor to wander between the plants. He makes great use of alliums, roses, heuchera and irises, as well as more tropical plants such as bamboos, eucalyptus and ferns.
He tells me that it takes an hour or so each evening, to tend and to water; to train and encourage each plant to perfection. My own garden isn’t a match to his yet, but I hope that his influence will soon produce comparable results![blank]
[blank] If you live in my part of the world, here in Normandy, and you’d like to ask François for advice you can email him here. He specialises in designing and creating gardens from scratch as well as everyday care. He also likes to coach his clients![blank]
[blank]Si vous desirez faire appel à Francois pour un jardin dans l’Eure, vous pouvez le contacter ici.[blank]