On the left, that's oregano. Walt planted some years ago, both in planter boxes and in the ground. In both places, it keeps spreading. And not only is it beautifully green, but you can eat it! Dry bunches of the leaves in the food dehydrator in the spring and keep oregano all year in jars in the pantry and kitchen. In the summer, it sends up attractive purple flowers. Walt mows around it so it keeps spreading.
I really enjoy taking photos like these and working with them in Photoshop on my computer. On the right is a lichen that grows everywhere around the vineyard here. In Wikipedia, I see this description: "A lichen is a composite organism that arises from algae or cyanobacteria living among filaments of multiple fungi in a symbiotic relationship. The combined lichen has properties different from those of its component organisms. Lichens come in many colours, sizes, and forms." These lichens proliferate on certain trees around here. They're not parasitic.
I started growing jade plants in California, where we lived from 1986 until 2003. In San Francisco, jades could stay outdoors year-round, because the temperature there hardly ever goes down to freezing. Here in Saint-Aignan, the jades like the one on the left have to be brought inside to over-winter. They are very easy to propagate from leaves or branch cuttings. I must have nearly a dozen pots of jade in the house, on the front porch, and in the greenhouse. The one on the left has grown into something like a bonsai.
I haven't had the greatest luck with growing aucuba plants like the one on the right, which lives in a pot on the front terrace. Right now, it's flowering (you have to click on the image to enlarge it if you want to see the tiny purple flowers) and sending up a whole new set of fresh leaves. I have some aucuba planted out in the yard too, and it's growing but slowly. I wish it would grow and spread faster.
The little white daisies on the left are called pâquerettes in French because they flower around Pâques, which means Easter. In English they're called lawn daisies, and the flowers are about an inch across. They grow everywhere around the vineyard and in our back yard. When mowing season starts, as it has now, they don't last long, but they always come back.