We've been in the middle of "unseasonably" bad weather these last few weeks, which is one of the reasons I'm quite pleased to see the sun back this morning. There's been more than a fair share of rain-grumbling going around, and everyone seems to feel somehow cheated; like we've endured this longer-than-average winter, been knocked about by the Mistral, & now we want our perfect blue-sky Provence back. Well, I think they got what they were looking for, and maybe a bit more, as temperatures have climbed & looks like the Spring-into-Summer season is set to take off.
This rush of good weather has peaked at just the right time to help me with my latest obsession: flower buying. I remember being excited about flowers in Rome; the open-markets, the bright displays, & the meticulous balconies, but my flower-love has certainly gained momentum in Provence. Quite simply, it's beautiful here. Walking around the city, you'll find flowers carefully arranged in pots, spilling over window-sills, or peeping over the neighbor's gate. Not to mention all the flora & fauna to admire on a drive out in the country.
So far our (I've enlisted a French partner-in-crime) garden plans include: jasmine (jasmin d'ete), blue clemetis (clemetite), yellow laurel (laurier jaune), lavendar (lavande), dahlias (dahlia), marigolds (Œillet d'Inde), and one olive tree (olivier).
Today, I'll be on the hunt for more flowers as we hit the back-roads to visit some caves for La fete de la vigne et du vin (annual wine festival for all of the Var department & multiple regions throughout France). Hope to have some good (tasting) reports for next week. Bon weekend!
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