Saturday, May 5, 2012

A French Country Weekend

Today, before it rains, the earth will be turned over in our potager and we will begin planting. For me, this is one of the most exciting moments in the year. The herbs that survived the winter will be rearranged, new ones added and for the first time I'll see if it's easy to grow radishes.

I'm told by my ambitious friends who have enormous potagers that from seeds to plants it takes 18 days to have a radish plant. I'll let you know.

Tomatoes will be "installed" (that's a bit of Franglais) after the 15th of May which is supposedly the official date after which it is impossible to have freezing temperatures. Since, as I've often admitted, I'm not a proficient gardener I simply listen, learn and follow the leaders.

Now, we're off to the market to buy seeds, see what looks good and I hope find bouquets of peones. I still have lots of lilacs in the garden.

Since you said you didn't think it was boring to hear what I have for breakfast; I'll tell you what I had today: A small bowl of perfect raspberries.

Remember, according to French lore, every year when you bite into a fruit you haven't eaten since the year before you make a wish. Think melons, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, cherries -- you get the idea. I made a wish with my framboises this morning.


Kaitlyn said...

Last night I bought my first bouquet of peonies of the season and it has already made my weekend. I hope you found yours as well! Enjoy!

helen tilston said...

Hello Tish

May your wish to St. Raspberry be answered.
Have a glorious day

Helen xx

déjà pseu said...

Your raspberries look divine. I'm hoping to get my tiny potager set to plant this weekend too.

Jeanne @ Collage of Life said...

You lucky thing Tish, it all sounds wonderful. I have just started growing my nails again, for the 100th time.
All it takes is a turn in the garden and I am done for. Saying that I can not resist a turn in the garden....

Happy Planting!

Jeanne xx

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Carol said...

Enjoy your time preparing your potager for the coming season Tish.

It is one of life's greatest joys, the growing and harvesting of our owm produce.

Lisa said...

Just came in from cutting and digging and now I'm headed for the blueberries! Hope my wish comes true. Love that bit of trivia.
xo Lisa

Rubiatonta said...

Mme. C., my landlady/French-grande-mere d'adoption, taught me to make a wish on the first fruits of the season. Will have to see what's in the market now and get busy wishing!

Maria at said...

MMM looks so delish:)I really like your blog, its so french and Im in love with french things:)

If you want some swedish summer inspiration, you can check out my blog:)
have a awsome week.

LOVE Maria at

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