Of all the plant fairs at this time of year, perhaps the most beautiful venue is L'Abbaye Nouvelle, a 13th century Cistersian Abbey near Gourdon just at the border of the Department of Lot.
Despite heavy thundery showers, yesterday's Fete des Plantes still enjoyed a big turnout and understandably so.
Voices echoed in the vaults - there's a certain atmosphere that only an 800 year old gothic abbey can deliver.
Inbetween cloudbursts, it was plants for the dry season that I was drawn to. Plantes pour terrain sec and particularly Lavender.
I bought armfulls of 'Edelweiss', a white variety. Being an angustifolia type, it grows large and is covered in insects during mid-summer. Completely hardy, I think this is a nigh on perfect plant.
to every type of pumpkin (this photo appears not for my love of squash and gourds, really it's the hand painted signs, luv 'em)
All in all this was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.