Two years after the creation of the garden, Abeillus visited the blue mansion and its already flourishing garden. It must be said that it is a blessed region for gardens, it never freezes and it rains a lot ...
The blue shale Manor is of austere beauty. We are at the tip of Normandy, where the land becomes an island, where sky and sea meet each other. The estate is guarded by a medieval watchtower, facing the surrounding countryside and offering a distant view of the sea very close. Abeillus has focused on bringing lightness and surprises to emphasize the solemnity of the facade with multiple windows. The owners, mad about botany and English garden, had asked Abeillus for a garden like the Moutiers Woods Park designed by British landscape painters William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll, where rhododendrons, hydrangeas, camellias and other azaleas flourish there with happiness. The owners also wanted a vegetable garden that could become part of the estate, being also the point of interest for a walk. Abeillus then proposes a composition that will come to feed on these two desires , a nourishing garden and a fresh garden. It is an evocation that takes place in a series of discoveries and hidden places that unfold as the walk progresses. Having in mind that the surrounding countryside will be the most beautiful setting of this garden.
On the main facade, lined with masses of blue agapanthus, Abeillus offers a parish garden, with the square of the simple and massive delphiniums and plumbagos of China. This garden is closed with braided chestnut branches, the perfect image of the countryside landscape that we cross to take the path leading to the kitchen garden, we discover a meadow planted with the inevitable apple trees... then the path leads us to a large natural pond fed by a trickle of water that we cross through a ford in strip of slate multicolored landscaped by Abeillus, surrounded with poplars and ash. At their roots grow hydrangeas aspera and villosa, and we are borrowing a staircase of the same slate to reach a pontoon on stilts, which offers an unobstructed view of the body of water. The look then arises on the huge purple beech, Abeillus composes a "plant frame", made of trees of the same tone, like maples of Japan, physocarps, trees of Judea.
Through the large entrance, the walker is invited to take a formal and straight path made of Parisian cobblestones echoing the facade, it crosses the lime-lined place that houses hydrangeas serrata and geometric shapes and round osmanthes and boxwood, which leads to a semicircular place, allowing to contemplate the centennial beech trees bordered of a white border composed of American rhododendrons, hydrangeas, viburnums and Japanese azaleas.
We must then leave this place and we walk along a crescent made of camellias on one side and magnolia on the other. We cross the first wooden bridge to begin the walk by a curvy path, highlighted by trays cut from boxwood and shaded by large maple trees. Then we go back on the other side of the bank and cross an elliptical platform filled with multiple rhododendrons, in which Abeillus has landscaped green lawns. Then, the path continues towards the manor framed on both sides of a rectangular water mirror.
The hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophilla - Hydrangea serrata) bloom at the foot of the linden trees, the path all curve in advance to a maple wood (Acer campestris).
With the secular beeches in the background, a chestnut tree already standing there offers its protective shade with many varieties of rhododendrons their roots are animated by hostas variegated (Hosta 'Green gold') and large ferns (Osmunda regali). Rhododendrons form rooms of greenery that invite calm and meditation.
On the edge of the beech wood, here are the Japanese Spirea (Spiraea japonica 'Genpei'), Hydrangeas (Hydrangea 'Annabell'), Hostas (Hosta 'Golden tiara') and Heucheras (Heuchera 'Vienna').
The big pond is fed by a ru whose flow accompanies the descent of some steps drawn by Abeillus. The pond is home to Indian Lotus or sacred Lotus, white (Nelumbo nucifera) Lousiane Iris 'Black Gamecock', Louisiana Iris (Iris louisiana 'Black Gamecock') come to bloom abundantly the banks in early summer.
A wooden bridge has been installed.
The semi-spherical square at the end of the path lined with linden welcomes a bench, aged by the years, framed by English roses (Rosa English 'Winchester Cathedral'), Astilbe arendsii 'WhitePearl' that come to emphasize the tufts of Carex Morrowi.
An old Indian canopy and its painted teak wood provides support for the liana roses ('Francis E. Lester' liana Rosa) at the base of which flocks large hostas (Hosta undulata 'Erromena'), smaller hostas with purple flowers (Hosta 'Green devon') and Geranium 'Dragon heart'.
A maple composition from Japan that highlights the foliage of the large purple beech.