April in the Loire Valley

Spring in the Loire is one of our favourite seasons.  The mass of tourists have not yet arrived yet the bulk of the chateaux and other attractions are open, almost all of them from Easter onwards.  But for us it’s the colours and the freshness of the countryside which we find very appealing.  The vines are bursting into leaf in the mass of vineyards around Le Puy Notre Dame.  The area is dotted with the vibrant yellow of rape and spring flowering plants are bursting out with the exuberance which comes after the short days of winter.  The courtyard and garden here at Le Clos des Guyons becomes a riot of colour, the asparagus starts to go into overdrive producing masses of edible shoots every day, the vegetable garden becomes alive with lettuce and radish, potatoes, peas, beetroot, cauliflower, chard and sprouts are all growing apace. The real bonus is that the whole of our outside space has a glorious aroma of Wisteria, Lily of the Valley and Lilac.  Here are a few photos:  Just click on any to start the gallery.

Happy Spring Gardening


Gites in the Loire Valley


5 thoughts on “April in the Loire Valley

  1. Hi Sheila Thanks for another interesting little read. Oxalis Triangularis, we have one on the kitchen window cill, is also known as Purple Shamrock! Grey and miserable here this morning. A bientot Keith


    • Thanks Keith. You’d have though that Brian would have said Purple Shamrock instead of Oxalis Triangularis wouldn’t you – typical!
      Quite grey here this morning after several weeks where it actually reached 27°C in the courtyard.
      See you soon.


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