Petanque Park by the Sea in France

If  you have ever travelled through a village France and noticed a group of people having a heated discussion looking at balls on a dirt patch, you have seen petanque. It is a very simple game where each player has three metal balls and tries to throw them as closely as possible to the small wooden one called the “cochonnet”. It is usually played in teams, and while the rules are simple, the unevenness of the terrain must be taken into account, and there is skill involved in trying to hit the opponents ball to get it out of the way for example.

This small petanque terrain in Brittany couldn’t want for a more idyllic location, right on the water and surrounded with a small park!

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Woodland Shade and Bamboo Garden

The far end of this property has been is planted with tall trees and has bee turned into a woodland shaded garden accented with statues and still lives, and edged in a bamboo grove transitioning to the rest of the garden. Other plantings such as Japanese maple emphasize the Asian garden feel of this garden.

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Brittany Terraced Garden with a Tropical Feel

This garden lies behind the house on a hill up from the waterfront. It has the feel of a tropical retreat with lush banana trees and bamboos offering a lush backdrop for the many perennials such as hydrangeas or roses found in so many Britttany gardens.

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Bright Colors for this Camaret Flower Garden

Camaret is a small fishing village on the northern coast of Brittany, France, where a mild microclimate in this coastal region allows for an unusually large number of plants to thrive in local gardens.

It is impossible to pass this garden without stopping to admire the extravagant display of annuals, perennials, flowering and foliage shrubs, specimen plants, climbing roses, shrub roses, potted arrangements and water features.

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Landscaped French Country Garden by the Sea

A charming couple owns this house on the northern coast of France, and both are avid gardeners, changing and adding every year new plants, annuals from seed, and cuttings collected from fellow gardeners or just found during walks  around the peninsula. They are in the process of redoing the vegetable garden in the back, but  part of the front garden is dedicated to a home orchard of fruit trees, apples in several varieties, pears, and plums.  Specimen shrubs and palms are underplanted with perennials, and roses are mixed into borders at every turn, or found climbing the walls.

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Front of the garden
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Border of buddleia and viperine
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Purple blooming hebe in a border
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Bamboos on the left
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Fruit trees mix with specimen shrubs and palms
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Japanese anemone
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New shoots of viperine will grow tall blooming stalks come next spring
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Cannas under a window
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Climbing nasturtium and star jasmine
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Annual poppies and scented geraniums

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Crozon – Brittany: A Cozy Flowered Kitchen Garden

This pleasantly flowered kitchen garden blends vegetable patches with roses and perennial borders and makes this functional space a pleasant retreat to sit and relax as well as work in the kitchen garden.

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A Weekend Cottage Garden in Camaret

The owners of this lovely stone cottage in a picturesque fishing village on the Brittany coast in France, spend weekends and summers here.  A few fruit trees and vegetables go on the table, and pink oleanders, sunflowers and perennial borders make for a pleasant setting to eat out in the garden.

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