Thursday, 24 July 2014

Normandy Floral Displays: Condé-sur-Noireau

Posted by Rosie



Whilst I have been very busy in the garden this week, I have never once remembered to take any photos so for this week's How Does Your Garden Grow I thought I would give you something a bit different.

Condé-sur-Noireau is one of our local towns.  During WWII it was pretty much completely decimated by allied troupes advancing after D-Day, with little more than the church spire left standing after liberation.  

Condé-sur-Noireau - Aug 1944
Photo from Espace Musée Charles Léandre

After the war, the priority was to get towns such as Condé rebuild as quickly as possible and so the buildings tended to be more practical than architecturally beautiful.  There were advantages such as improved services and wider roads but overall Condé is not one of Normandy's most stunning towns.  But what it lacks in building beauty, it works hard to make up for in it's floral displays:


Raindrops on roses

Begonias that will soon fill this whole bed

It has been a good year for Hydrangeas

Plant boxes on the bridges
  
Cannas, Cosmos, Dahlias and Busy Lizzies

Pretty flowers, less pretty buildings

Finally, for those who like a bit of a challenge I have another mystery plant.  It's a tree this time, one of many that line the central car park at Condé-sur-Noireau ... but have you any idea what it is?


I hope you have enjoyed my little floral tour of Condé-sur-Noireau.  For more gardening blogs why not visit the How Does Your Garden Grow linky over at Manneskjur?  Maybe other bloggers have been out and about too.

Manneskjur

17 comments :

  1. Oh that looks wonderful! We really must hop over to France now we're based in the UK for a few months. Thanks!

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  2. Those are some beautiful pics :) Loved the 'Rain drops on roses' one :)

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  3. Love flowers and I believe their natural purpose is to bring beauty and joy that brightens, livens, and inspires anything anywhere wherever they are present. So I'm glad they do with the town you mention. :) <3

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  4. Awesome clicks! I particularly loved the plant boxes on the bridge.

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  5. Ok I am going in renegade stylee - is it a blossoming almond tree ?!

    I do love the planters on bridges and how plants can transform their surroundings. Loving the history here Rosie. I can tell this week is going to be another one of very varied posts - loving that :)

    Thanks for joining in again x

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  6. What a difference between these and you black and white photo. Love the floral displays that are there now.

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  7. So many flowers, beautiful! From the colours in the backgrounds, it looks like the flowers really brighten the place up :)

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  8. French towns and villages can do municipal flowers very well, Condé looks lovely.

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  9. I think it's wonderful that the town has created so much natural beauty-flowers always bring so much joy to a place don't they.

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  10. It makes such a difference when a town makes an effort to beautify the surroundings with nature and flowers.

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  11. beautiful flowers. love a town that takes pride in its landscaping

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  12. I really like it when I visit a town that has taken time over it's planting, it makes such a difference walking along pretty, flowered lined streets. Looks gorgeous x #HDYGG

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  13. beautiful flowers and curious to hear what the mystery tree is.

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  14. Lovely floral displays - I really notice it when towns make an effort with their flowers these days - I must be getting older, as I seem to appreciate the little things more with every year!! :)

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  15. OOOh I like that people are zooming out a bit and giving the plants a bit more context! What lovely vibrant plant schemes, wish we had more like that!

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  16. Such beautiful flowers, always lovely to see towns brightened up with flowers

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  17. This looks like such a pretty village. I love the flower boxes, they look beautiful x #HDYGG

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