Planting at Mas de Flory

May 16, 2014 by · Comments Off on Planting at Mas de Flory
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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

We’ve had our house painted!

August 27, 2013 by · Comments Off on We’ve had our house painted!
Filed under: Mas de flory 

By an artist – not decorators….

Malcolm stayed with us for a few days and whilst here drew and painted quite a bit.

He kindly gave us his water colour painting of Mas de Flory as a present. It’s already framed on a wall in our house.

Malcolm painting

Malcolm painting in our courtyard









Painting of Mas de flory

Painting of Mas de flory










He and his wife have just bought a house in the area, so hopefully we will see more of his work.

For more of his work visit:

A Hearty French Red for a Cold Winter’s Night – Cahors Malbec

January 31, 2011 by · Comments Off on A Hearty French Red for a Cold Winter’s Night – Cahors Malbec
Filed under: Cahors Malbec Black wine, Mas de flory 

Cahors is the ancestral home of the Malbec grape, but the wines made there are much different from the plush, fruity versions from Argentina that are so popular now. Lagrézette is a modern winery, with superstar consultant Michel Rolland (who also works in Argentina, among many other countries) advising, so you might expect a wine in the “international” style.
But whether terroir overrides the winemaking, or age brings out the truth, this was a very traditional Cahors. It was thick on the palate, with firm, almost gritty tannins, and dark flavors of iron, earth and tobacco.

Yet the wine still showed a core of bright cherry fruit, and a lively acidity kept it fresh. It had endured more than improved, resembled a solid workman more than a brilliant virtuoso, but it matched well with the gamy meat and warmed our souls from the winter’s cold. I rated it 89 points, non-blind.
Château Lagrézette Cahors 2000
Read the whole article – wine spectator

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