Colin Elliott

Colin Elliott

Chabris 36210 France / Owner of Loire Valley Wine Tour which offers private tours of France's Loire Valley, it's vineyards, gardens and chateaux.
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A selection of Vouvray wines from Chateau Gaudrelle.

A selection of Vouvray wines from Chateau Gaudrelle.

Plant of the week 12.  Magnolia Black Tulip is stunning today in our garden. This small tree grows well in most climates, tolerating all but the coldest temperatures. It performs best in the sun and enjoys protection from strong winds. In early Spring the reward is a mass of magnificent, 6 inch black-purple, goblet-shaped flowers. Suitable for smaller gardens. Bred in New Zealand by leading Magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury.

Plant of the week 12. Magnolia Black Tulip is stunning today in our garden. This small tree grows well in most climates, tolerating all but the coldest temperatures. It performs best in the sun and enjoys protection from strong winds. In early Spring the reward is a mass of magnificent, 6 inch black-purple, goblet-shaped flowers. Suitable for smaller gardens. Bred in New Zealand by leading Magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury.

My favourite Cheverny winemaker...pass it on

My favourite Cheverny winemaker...pass it on

The Terra Vitis approach is unique in France: the entire process, from the vine to the bottle, is certified every year. Every stage in the production cycle is verified to guarantee optimal quality of the product.

The Terra Vitis approach is unique in France: the entire process, from the vine to the bottle, is certified every year. Every stage in the production cycle is verified to guarantee optimal quality of the product.

Week 42-2013 and the Garden Design Academy plant of the week is Salvia leucantha. Very late into flower but well worth the wait, if given a protected spot will flower right through the winter. The foliage of this  tender shrub remind me of Buddleja but the flowers, white petals and downey lavender-purple sepals, are a real show at this time of the year.

Week 42-2013 and the Garden Design Academy plant of the week is Salvia leucantha. Very late into flower but well worth the wait, if given a protected spot will flower right through the winter. The foliage of this tender shrub remind me of Buddleja but the flowers, white petals and downey lavender-purple sepals, are a real show at this time of the year.

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wine is....

Salvia involucrata in flower at the Garden Design Academy. Plant of the week 42/2013 A late but glorious bloomer, Rosebud Sage starts producing hot pink blossoms in late summer and continues into early winter -- growing more spectacular every day -- unless cut down to the ground by hard frost. A native of Mexico.

Salvia involucrata in flower at the Garden Design Academy. Plant of the week 42/2013 A late but glorious bloomer, Rosebud Sage starts producing hot pink blossoms in late summer and continues into early winter -- growing more spectacular every day -- unless cut down to the ground by hard frost. A native of Mexico.

Chateau de Civray, just down the road from Chenonceau, and its wild Cyclamen

Chateau de Civray, just down the road from Chenonceau, and its wild Cyclamen

Outside the chateau de Rivau, near Chinon, May 2013

Outside the chateau de Rivau, near Chinon, May 2013

The stunning art-deco garden of Jardin de l'Abbaye - Square Lucien Beaufrère in Vierzon. One of the first gardens in France with electric lighting, it was conceived as a monument to the dead and garden of peace following the First World War. Constructed at a time of great financial hardship, it was built by unemployed craftsmen of the local iron-work and  ceramic industries. The gardens, built on an island between the Canal du Berry and the river Yèvre, were renovated 1999 to 2007.

The stunning art-deco garden of Jardin de l'Abbaye - Square Lucien Beaufrère in Vierzon. One of the first gardens in France with electric lighting, it was conceived as a monument to the dead and garden of peace following the First World War. Constructed at a time of great financial hardship, it was built by unemployed craftsmen of the local iron-work and ceramic industries. The gardens, built on an island between the Canal du Berry and the river Yèvre, were renovated 1999 to 2007.