Saturday, March 17, 2012

A French Country Weekend

Lavender plants. I bought three for each jardiniere. 
If our lives were controlled by calendars, and if you were in my corner of the world yesterday you would have thought it was mid-June.


We had a long, luxurious lunch on a terrace with a glass of chilled Chablis and for dessert fresh strawberries and raspberries. Then we headed off to our favorite nursery to buy my weekly bouquets, a new rose bush to replace the one I loved that did not make it through the winter, lavender for the jardinieres on the front porch and some herbs which will stay in another jardiniere outside the kitchen until the potager is ready to roll next month.

Christmas roses.
I saw some gorgeous Christmas roses that I didn't buy and am now thinking I should. Do you know anything about them? What do you think?

Today is a reality check -- even without a calendar it's clear we are in mid-March. The rains are coming and the temperatures have dipped severely.

I hope you have a beautiful weekend.

A demain mes trés, trés, trés chers amis.

18 comments:

the golddigger said...

I keep thinking I should start doing heroin instead of gardening because it would be cheaper in the long run.

Those roses look gorgeous. I succumbed and ordered ranunculus bulbs yesterday. Is 60 bulbs too many?

kathy peck said...

We're moving into a new home, and I'm going to have a rose garden there. Love the peach ones, are they David Austin? Not so sure about the Christmas roses though.
And yes, lots of lavender. Hope you have a great weekend.

kathy peck said...

I just looked at the Christmas roses again, and I actually do like them. But, do they grow into a bush, or what? Beautiful colors.

The enchanted home said...

That long leisurely lunch on a terrace sounds like pure heaven! Have a wonderful day.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Long lunch and flowers...sounds like a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!!

déjà pseu said...

I could spend all day wandering around nurseries just looking at all of the varieties...

Today we are definitely March: cold and rainy.

sanda said...

Beautiful pictures! Such a well-stocked nursery. I do not recognize this Christmas Rose plant; and I know names of most plants. I don't believe we have it in the U.S., at least not by that name. You might look it up by its botanical name, which transcends all languages, and read up on it to determine if you have the right growing conditions for it. Sounds too complicated, though, doesn't it?

Marion said...

I'm pretty sure the Christmas roses are hellebores, which are more commonly referred to as "Lenten roses" here in the US. They are evergreen perennials that grow easily in the shade, and are lovely - they grow in clumps and will spread. Wonderful in shade gardens, but many varieties are poisonous if eaten.

Alexandra P said...

Must must must plant loads of lavender, it is a haven for bees and they are so woefully low in numbers it could be the end of our eco system as we kno it!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love Christmas Rose but I have not any in my garden here, think it is time to order some. I also want to order some more lavender. Diane

momto8 said...

yep...warm and a sunny 79 here in central Pa!!

BigLittleWolf said...

Signs of spring! Always welcome. (Your weekends in the country are so attirants.)

Jean S said...

Christmas roses = hellebores. They're fabulous. Very popular here in Oregon, as the earliest ones start blooming around Jan. 1 and then later varieties keep the color coming until April (which is why some varieties are known as Lenten roses).

I have several and want to plant more. They do well in shady spots and prefer slightly alkaline soil (the only challenge here, as our soil is acidic). And thanks to hybridization, they come in an expanding range of colors.

helen tilston said...

Hello Tish

There is nothing better than a visit to a nursery. The excitement and anticipation. Those roses look magnificent. Happy to hear the weather allows for alfresco dining

Have a delightful week

Helen xx

Renee @ AddMoreChocolate said...

I'm a new reader who found you via The Vivienne Files. I saw today's post and thought you were telling us you bought three lavender PANTS.
A. I thought it sounded a little nuts, but hey...maybe these French women know something I don't.
B. I'm not into gardening, but if each one means you get to buy 3 new pair of pants, I'm in!
C. Thanks for the (unintended) laugh. I really should wear my glasses when reading. It's what they're for.
-Renee

vicki archer said...

The helebores are stunning Tish... Yes, you should of bought them!

I loved the first comment... I can relate... xv

Lost in Provence said...

That sounds like pretty much a perfect day for me. I miss having a garden so much! Although, I am going to create a mini-oangerie in the staircase of our apartment building, potted plants are not the same...

Bon Dimanche!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Tish. Beautiful photos for a great post--springtime remains my favorite time of year because it is garden time.
best, nadia

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