Thursday, June 26, 2008

Roof gardens

Vezelay flowers in lichen

Still in France! Over the past few days, two of the buildings we've explored were both religious in nature but Vezelay Basilica was built in the 12th century and Couvent de La Tourette was built in the mid-20th century (designed by Le Corbusier, husband Kurt's favorite architect and now my favorite, too).

Despite some obvious differences, both buildings have flowers growing on their roofs--intentionally at La Tourette and inevitably at Vezelay.

Vezelay (highlight of close-up photo, above)

Vezelay (highlight of close-up photo, below)


La Tourette above town of L'Arbresle (green netting because of renovation in progress)

La Tourette courtyard with roof gardens

Inside La Tourette sanctuary viewing side altar


Lancashire rose said...

What fun. I remember seeing a similar thing at Great Dixter. In the corner of the roof wonderful succulents were growing. I do think they had been planted there Isn't it amazing to see little plants growing out of walls. They must survive on a cement diet. Not a chance here.

Annie in Austin said...

The way the tiles intersect to form natural pots it does seem inevitable, Iris!
I've read that old-fashioned Hens and Chicks sempervivums were called Houseleeks and were grown on rooftops to foil lightning strikes.

It looks as if you're having a wonderful time!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Iris said...

Thanks Jenny and Annie! From a distance yesterday, we spotted some roof terrace gardens. Hope to see some residential gardening just outside Paris this weekend.

I likE plants! said...

Those plants are opportunists aren't they? very interesting!