La ferme et le hameau et le petit trianon
April 11, 2011
In the grounds of the Palais de Versailles, sits the rather incongruous but nevertheless charming model farm. Here, Marie Antoinette could escape the stresses of court as well as Louis XVI and play at the pastoral. The tufty growth on the thatch are lines of iris – quite beautiful in flower I imagine. The hameau is nearby – the painting shows how a royal picnique could be so gracious – silks and frilly lace!
A few members of the livestock who live in the pampered circumstances of the farm now . . . and why not?
The formal garden at the rear of the Petit Trianon is a colourful tapestry within the structural bones of hornbeam hedges and pleached limes. And all the bulbs are in pots – very clever.
Fritillaria imperialis – this is the way to grow it in a formal manner. And intricate treillage below in a garden building just restored. Such elegance.
A few supposed authentic quotes from Marie Antoinette – must remember the last one! :
I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long.
Courage! I have shown it for years; think you I shall lose it at the moment when my sufferings are to end?
I have seen all, I have heard all, I have forgotten all.