The beauty of hornbeam

13 thoughts on “The beauty of hornbeam”

  1. Beautiful pics. Cath. The hedges are really impressive. Your brief history really set the scene. The stunning. Colours of the mountains are awesome. Mum.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Mum. Yes, the colours of the Vosges really are beautiful. They say it has something to do with the emissions from the trees – like the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

  2. Well I have a slope and an abundant supply of logs. I’m really taken with the terracing. I wonder how long it would last, presumably the logs will rot down eventually.

    1. I’m not sure how long the terracing has been there. Next time I go I’ll ask. There is a lot of wood left standing about (stacked) around here for a very long time and it does silver beautifully with age (much of it will be oak). So perhaps more durable than one imagines? But at 38€ a stere it would be expensive walling for our garden. They have their own woodland there, so that solves the financial problem.

    1. How lovely Annette. I do love it myself – as you say, the level of maintenance is incredible! I hope to spend more time there later in the year as I only know it as an early garden.

  3. Wow, what a unique, beautiful, and astonishing garden! And thank you for the information about the Vosges, now there is another part of France we must visit. (Unfortunately we have been only to the area around Paris and the Loire Valley.)

    1. We seem to be in the ‘back of beyond’ to most people. In reality we are in a nice, quiet area of a France – well worth a visit if you enjoy that kind of thing! And goes without saying that if, on a blue moon, you and yours ever did it, you should drop buy and see our garden too!

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