Wednesday, 9 September 2009
le jardin des plantes
The Jardin des Plantes in Montpellier was established in 1593 and is France's oldest botanical gardens. It's only 5 minutes walk from our place and I often go there to read or just to wander around. Originally it was the garden for the medical school and this is reflected in the collection of named medicinal plants, which are dispersed throughout. Despite it's formal structure, there is an unruly eccentricity about the place. Parts of it are closed off awaiting funds to restore them to their former glory, weeds grow amongst the plants and the grass is rather scruffy. I really like the unmanicured nature of the gardens and secretly hope they remain as they are.
The plants in the first photo are giant water lily seed heads. I saw them in flower a few weeks ago but by the time I returned to photo them, the flowers were over. I almost think they're more impressive like this.