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Rivau Garden in April

Blue like a flower carpet in the Gardens of Rivau Castle

Rivau flowers feast for the arrival of spring. Mauve and white Violets gather around the natural grass (no pesticide) of the gardens. They are called Violets from Parma or Toulouse and enjoy lime stone soil so they prosper naturally.

From February to April, the Hellebores allow us to forget about gray weather. Oriental Hellebores Fetide Hellebores compete in the enchanted forest. Hellobores enjoy limestone soil and give extraordinary colors to the forest : white, pink or mauve...

Hellebores

Hellebores in the Enchanted Forest

Muscari Arméniacum

The first flower to bloom in March and April are the blue bulbs. In Rivau Gardens, you can find real Muscari arméniacum carpel at the feet of the fruit trees in the Orchard of Paradise. Their flower are a real Cobalt blue and they rise up to 15cm.
The Muscari latifolium are less numerous than the Musacari Améniacum but they are very interresting as they are bicolor with the base of the flower a lot darker than the top.

muscari armeniacum au château du rivau

Muscaris Areniacum in the Orchard of Paradise in Garden Rivau

Then the fritillaries will start blooming. In the Rivau Gardens we have planted the imperial fritillaires called maxima Lutea. Their yellow bells are really huge even when they point towards the ground. You can find up to 6 flowers on each stem...
In Rivau Gardens, they come back every year in the Thumbling Garden.

Narcissus in the gardens of Château du Rivau.

Then it will be the turn of our Narcissus to bloom !!