Bloom Day in July: France

Hollyhocks 2, Normandy, July 2016, enclos*ure

We spent July 15 in France — driving home across Champagne, Lorraine, and Alsace.  For almost eight hours, we looked at the gorgeous wildflowers along the sides of the highways (a lot of Queen Anne’s lace) and listened to sad, reflective compositions on the classical radio station, Musique. It was the best comfort they could offer, the announcer said, for the awful news from Nice.

But for the previous three days, we had been in Normandy, where these bright hollyhocks were blooming in the little gravel courtyard of the house where we were staying.

To see the mid-July flowers of other garden bloggers, please visit Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

Vintage landscape: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Mary Ball House, FB Johnston, Library of CongressMary Ball Washington house, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 1927, a hand-colored glass lantern slide by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The house was the last home of George Washington’s mother.  It still exists and is open to the public.  The garden was restored in 1968 to reflect how it might have looked between 1772 and 1789.