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august flowers from the garden

  August is a tricky time in the garden here in Northern France.    The weather gets hotter, and this year we have a strong wind blowing, and the flowers are not so happy. Of course I keep the free standing pots well watered, and make sure the roses are trimmed and watered too, but we are in between flowering seasons, and the pickings are more sparse than normal This is  a bouquet from the garden today.   My ever faithful Polka roses who never disappoint , a couple of Abraham Darby buds,...

weekend flower therapy

After a fun but fairly busy week, the weekend has arrived and is looking surprisingly calm.  Nothing urgent on my to-do list, at least nothing that cannot wait until Monday…. Time for a little flower therapy, which this week takes the form of a bouquet from the garden, where the roses have bravely resisted the week’s ridiculous heatwave, and are flowering abundantly. I used one of my very favorite vases, I love the slightly tarnished silver and the size and shape of this antique...

taking photos for the blog

If you’ve read me for any time, you may know that since the blog started 7 years ago, I have always used a point and shoot camera for all my photos.   A point and shoot is lightweight, it slips into my handbag, fully automatic and simply was so easy to use. I started with a Fuji, that I loved but it didn’t take very big pictures, and a few years ago I moved onto a Lumix that I also adored.    I’ve never been really careful with my cameras, and I expect a lot of them.  They...

bringing lilac indoors

There are bouquets of lilac in my house this week!   The temperatures may not be very high but the garden can wait no longer and it is just exploding with colour and the first flowers of the season.   We haven’t had much rain, so the wisteria is hanging around longer than usual and I find myself with simultaneous blooms on wisteria, lilac and even the first peonies.   A very unusual combination. This weekend saw the first big plant fair of the season too, one of my favourites, held in...

paris in bloom by georgianna lane

  If you love flowers and if you love Paris (and frankly I don’t see how that could not be the case) then I have some exciting news for you.    There is a new book published full of the stunning photos by Georgianna Lane, who has spent a  year touring the best spots in Paris for admiring flowers. Be it in the Tuileries gardens, outside the Notre Dame Cathedral or simply on a flower stand in the street, Georgianna’s pictures are stunning and so romantic. She also has tips on...

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