Last year I visited some wonderful Châteaux in the Loire valley and one of the unexpected delights was the spectacular flower arrangements gracing the historic rooms.
I love flowers in the house but my arrangements are always very simple, though colour is an important consideration for me. Flower arranging follows much of the same principles of garden design – balance, contrast, colour and proportion.
So here are some of my favourites in the setting of these medieval castles :
Strong colours for a striking, masculine room.
The pink lilies echo the drapes in the painting, the scent filling the space, which might have seemed cold and lifeless without the arrangement.
Finally, a lovely display of potted plants along a corridor, adding colour to the French grey paintwork.
The photos were taken at the Châteaux of Villandry, Chenonceau and Cheverney, amongst others, and I hope to share the most beautiful gardens from there in the coming weeks.