More On Chenonceau
You may remember from the last post that after Henry II died, his widow Catherine de Medici moved into Chenonceau, forcing out the King’s mistress. (There is a soap opera aspect to these dynastic histories.)
Catherine made her own garden, also with a view of the Cher River (not the Loire, as I previously wrote). It is another formal garden, though less symmetrical, and with a pool at the center rather than a fountain.
The most notable flowers in Catherine’s garden were the many roses, both standards and climbers. (At this point in the day the light was beginning to fade, and that affected the pictures.) Beds are filled with lilac Petunias, white Begonias, and silver Artemesia.
Catherine’s garden provides good vantage points for viewing the Chateau, including the gallery she built over the length of the river. Her garden seems more linked to the Chateau than Diane’s.
We also visited the vegetable and cutting gardens, which provide the Chateau with the flowers they use for indoor displays. The vegetable garden was full of roses and annual flowers. And I loved the bright, multi-colored field of Zinnias!
When we were ready to leave, we were startled to see a whole flotilla of hot air balloons approaching the chateau. One by one they sailed right up to the castle for a close look, then floated away. It was time for us to leave as well.