One of the adjustments when we moved here was having to completely re-educate myself as a gardener. Charleston is semi-tropical and who knew there was such thing as a growing season? That would be year-round. Here, the main season is short and intense, and there's nearly no overlap in plants with Charleston, though I have mangaged to coax a confederate jasmine to hang on and even to bloom, by tucking it in a sunny southern corner.
So I can't resist bringing you along, as I have in the past, for a peek at high season. Photo above: one of our "napping chairs" in the garden.
Wisteria does well here, but usually it's purple. Here is a rare white one in Cluny.
The dahlias are just coming out. Surely this variety is called 'Sunrise'?
A pot by a freshly painted gate. Alstroemeria I think.
An exuberant back-yard garden in Cluny.
In Burgundy, even the cars are blooming!
In the Comments: I loved hearing about the nostalia that the clothing truck evoked. Jenny, thanks so much for the movie recommendation, perfect for last week's post! (see below). Debbie, I had forgotten about the Fuller Brush man. That dates us, I fear. Caterina, I now have got to make a butterscotch sundae toute de suite. Julie, I'm with you, I love to support the small bricolage places, so full of character and so French.
Favorite Reads/Movies: Two articles on French language learning came my way this week. You must read them immediately, they are both just too funny. French language learners, you are going to relate! Go to Brush Up on Your French with This Bastille Day Flow Chart (a spoof on vous-ing and tu-ing), from the LA Times, and The Benefits of Failing at French, in the New York Times, both by William Alexander. I see that he has a new book coming out too, Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart. You can pre-order a copy, can't wait to get mine.
Reader Jenny recommends a good French movie, Le Fils de l'épicier, about a young man who is forced to return to Provence and take over the family business. It's been released with English subtitiles, under the name The Grocer's Son .