Planting at Mas de Flory

May 16, 2014 by
Filed under: France, Mas de flory 

Lots of plants for Mas de Flory’s new swimming pool

As John said in the last blog post, I’ve bought lots of new fauna and flora to plant around the new swimming pool area!

A pool always seems to have a great deal of hard landscaping surrounding it – masses of creamy–beige, stone-coloured slabwork or dallage, retaining walls and paths – which is, of course very practical, but all of it tends to be pretty harsh on the eye – especially when the sun is out!.

So I want to put in as much as I can of pretty things and greenery to soften the hard angles and lend curves and soft shapes to the basic platform.

I love roses! And as a great bonus they do REALLY well around here as they love the clay soil that is abundant in our neck of the woods!

Roses at Mas de flory

‘Warm Welcome’ rose at Mas de flory














So I’ve bought another three climbers to form the framework for the pool area. I already have versions of two of them, but have repeated my selection as they are so wonderful!

Roses at Mas de Flory

‘Zephrine Drouhin’ rose at Mas de Flory


















Zephirine Drouhin is a beautiful soft but deep pink, which smells utterly divine. I just have to sniff and it takes me back to endless summer days in my childhood back garden, trying to make rosewater perfume with my sister! I think we probably had at least one amongst the many roses adorning the trellises there.

I have also selected another ‘New Dawn’ which is the loveliest, delicate soft pale pink and is a rampant climber. Here is a pic of the other one we have which smothers a pergola and is about to burst into bloom with the next warm sunny day.

Roses at Mas de Flory

My third choice is ‘Francis Lester’ which I haven’t used before but is such a pretty natural simple-flowered soft pink, that I couldn’t resist it. I think it will associate really well with the hedgerow hawthorns, elders and oaks it will climb against.

Roses at Mas de Flory


When we first came here I treated myself to some David Austin roses and these have proved to be fantastic and have really grown well at Mas de Flory well – especially the ‘Warm Welcome’ against the front of the barn.

Some of the other plants I am putting in:

Lilacs, lavenders (lots), ceanothus repens, Weigela ‘Snowflake’, hydrangeas, euonymus, cistus, cornus alba, Magnolia ‘Susan’, plus lots of scented stocks and penstemons.  I also plan to sow a wild flower bed on one side of the pool which should hopefully grow and mature resplendently  by July or August.

I will take photos as and when they all come to fruition…


Planting at Mas de Flory


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