I’m back after a three month sabbatical from social media partly owing to preparation for a house sale and eventual move. It hasn’t all been clearing out, painting and scrubbing though. Last week I took time out with some friends to visit the Jardin Ephemere.
The JE is created each year in the little village of Lieurac by an association of artists and gardeners. As its name suggests, the garden lasts for just a few days and provides a feast for all the senses.
On arriving you are greeted by borders of mass planted cosmos interspersed with tall sunflowers and scrambling morning glory.
The trail leads you into a garden, enclosed by a riot of colourful annuals. Within this enclosure are colour-co-ordinated beds bursting with yet more annuals
From this slightly formal area the path leads you along a wooded trail by the river. Patterns of pebbles, flower heads and grasses are laid out in the river itself.
Created from mainly natural materials a number of sculptures – some abstract, some naturalistic and others rather whimsical – greet you on the route.
At the end of the riverside path you are led towards what I can only describe as the gourd garden. The plants (a form of ornamental squash) ramble up, over and along a steel framework. Gourds of weird and wonderful shapes, sizes and colours dangle from this – some giving rise to ribald comments and laughter.
The path gradually becomes steeper and sterner as it rises through woodland and up an escarpment. Fortunately earth steps have been cut into the hillside as well as thoughtfully provided resting places where you can admire the woodland art.
At the top of the escarpment is what I describe as lilliput village sculpted on to the rocks from clay.
There’s time for a breather and to take in the stunning views across the valley before heading downhill all the way with a welcome drink at the cafe-bar to end off.