Sunday, 19 April 2009

Wisteria Lane

Well sort of. Actually these are Wisteria photographs taken along a number of lanes.

OK, at this time of year I'm not going to be the first to blog about wisteria or indeed the last, but it just looks so fine growing against stone Perigourdine properties such as these.


This is the Hotel Cro-Magnon in Les Eyzies. It has a simply stunning facade, not only that, it is built into the rocks behind. I'm serious, some of the rooms are like caves. This is 21st century troglodyte living at its best.


This is the covered entrance to the tobacconist in Les Eyzies. Apart from being able to buy everything you need to smoke yourself to death, Le Tabac is where you go to pay parking fines and buy stamps. Interestingly enough, sometimes the local post office sells stamps.


Wisteria atop a drystone wall.


A house in a little village called St Cyprien which is only a few miles from me. I 'snatched' this pic as the owner was looking a little perplexed as he stared at me and frankly I felt a bit rude. Did he think I was casing the joint?



A little house on the lane that leads to Beynac, one of the most beautiful villages in France.



Finally, this was outside one of the many little bistros in another of the most beautiful villages in France, La Roque Gageac.

29 comments:

  1. What wonderful photos! here in the US wisteria sometimes takes over huge trees and hillsides but nothing as showy as these buildings.

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  2. Love the photos. The wisteria looks beautiful against the mellow gold stone.

    I came home last week just as my neighbor was finishing cutting down the lovely wisteria vine planted by the previous owners. He didn't even wait for it to bloom one last time! To be fair, it had never been pruned and was becoming quite sassy, but it was still sad to see it go.

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  3. Another 'Desparate Housewives' fan ? :) It does look rather stunning against those marvellous buildings.

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  4. Viewing each of your fine posts I sigh, Rob, and this is no exception ... love charming wisteria (great photos). You must pinch yourself surrounded by such beauty! Thanks for sharing and please continue to delight us throughout this glorious spring.

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  5. Hi Rob, I don't know how you can pick one village as prettier than the other for every place you show us is amazing. Troglodyte? Like in The Time Machine? Yikes! The wisteria is in full bloom here in Tennessee too. Such a divine plant. I never get enough of seeing your wonderful area.
    Frances

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  6. I think my blood pressure went up while I was admiring your pictures! I never planted wisteria since they say that it needs a very strong support and I don't have those! Should I try to train it like a tree? Ha! By the time it starts blooming, we'll need to downsize and move away!And some idiot will cut down my tree as Susan told.

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  7. Beautiful scenes! I always enjoy seeing photos of your region.

    Cameron
    ... in 2 more weeks!

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  8. PLEASE ..... blog about wisteria all you like. Wonderful job! I have a nice 'bush' form of Wisteria near our pond that will be blooming in a few weeks. Your photos give me ideas of to add near the bush for it to climb. This bush was originally here when we moved in six years ago. I wonder if a the owner 20 years ago had a structure or something near it?
    Enjoy your spring days and thank you for sharing with us.

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  9. That's all so pitiful that I don't see how you stand it. Seriously, amazingly beautiful. Our wisteria is blooming also here in NC, USA. We see it blooming in the Oak trees and decorating old buildings that are long abandoned. There is one property called the Dam house ;). It's a house built at lake level and the surrounding walls are covered in wisteria.

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  10. Beautiful. It looks just perfect growing on the buildings and houses there. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. The architecture and the Wisteria is wonderful. So beautiful together.

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  12. Great to see these pictures Rob, Wisteria should be declared an architectural treasure. Several great examples near me too which really make the buildings they cover.

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  13. Wonderful to see these beautiful pictures; I remember my first visit in Les Eyzies in 1983 and later, 1986 and in 2000 - the dordogne is such a lovely part of France I remeber all the buildings you show here in your blog.
    Thanks for showing so wonderful fotos!
    cornelia

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  14. What wonderful photos Rob - the beauty of the wisteria and the mellow stone buildings, troglodyte hotels..... makes me long to be in France again (mind you, many things make me long to be in France again!)

    My wisteria is close to bursting into bloom - another week should see it in all its glory.

    I had been thinking about maybe doing a blooms post on that and the flowering cherry (.. mainly because we're waiting on the wood for the tea house to arrive!)but the Dordogne and Chesterfield?!!!

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  15. The photos look so beautiful, I like the last one especially.

    Here we can also find Wisteria in Taipei city, Taiwan, but not so much as yours. Perhaps going to outside of city, I can have more surprises.

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  16. Rob great pictures - the Wisteria is beautiful. A friend just gave me a seed. Hope it takes. I have no idea where I'll put it but . . .

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  17. Absolutely stunning photos. We just planted wisteria along the woodland edge in the flower garden and are hoping to grow some - it has always been a favorite, but until now I didn't have room for it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. Lovely I can't wait for my Wisteria to open fully

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  19. I love reading all your comments.

    I'm always really taken with how elegant wisteria is. I loved it when I lived in the UK and it seems the French love it too.

    Everything seems to have leafed out this last week over here. Suddenly, in the last day or so everywhere is vibrant green.

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  20. I enjoy a week or two of glorious bloom and spend the entire year hacking at my wisteria so it doesn't climb a tree or damage the house.

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  21. Just exquisite! However challenging it can be to keep in one's garden, there are few plants as beautiful as wisteria in bloom! Thanks for sharing these photos.

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  22. Is there or could there ever be too much Wisteria? I sincerely doubt it! I adore this time of year, buzzing around and seeing this magnificent vine. Bravo, Rob...

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  23. Oh my goodness. I'm packing my bags right now. Gorgeous.

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  24. I love the Hotel Cro-Magnon - how amazing to be built into the rocks like this - wish I could see it!

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  25. Rob these photos are just wonderful. I've made a promise to myself that i am going to travel to Europe before I'm too old and Crusty and France & Spain are definitely on the list!

    Gorgeouos pics.
    Cheers
    Serena.

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  26. great examples of what wisteria can do. we used to rent a place that had some growing over and through a chain-linked fence. not as amazing as the hotel photo, but beautiful all the same

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  27. Simply wonderful photos and commentary! Thank you!

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  28. Another fabulous posting. Again, it confirms your are 7-8 days in advance of us here in London, where the sun continues to shine. I love the way you have 'sampled' the wisterian environment. What a enjoyable mission that must have been. As for "frankly I felt a bit rude" staring in France, how very French! Hope you had time to stop in for an Aperitif on route. Thanks for all your hard work.

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