As we kiss the last wisps of summer good-bye in Burgundy (the weather has finally turned cool), it's time for our annual Burgundy Flower Show, to make our good-byes to the season. As usual, Burgundians have celebrated summer with some colorful friends. Ourselves included, as some of these photos are from our own garden. Take a peek at the beautiful fleurs of Burgundy, and you might even catch a whiff of their wonderful French parfums.
Photo above: we lunched at the small château of some friends, and there is a carpet of hot pink hydrangeas at their rear entrance.
On my coffee table, roses from my garden
Many of the villages fill carts or large wine presses with annuals
Roses are often planted at the end of vineyards in Burgundy. If there's a disease or a harmful insect on the prowl, the rose will get it first, and alert the vigneron to the problem before it hits the vines. This photo was taken by a photographer friend, Paul Rico.
On a village street, wine barrels are pressed into service as planters.
A wall of clematis on my neighbor's barn.
In August, trumpet vine is everywhere, thriving in the late summer heat.
Annabelle hydrangeas do well in Burgundy. These are in a shady spot in my garden.
Our terrace in France.
Lavender is not just for Provence! We have plenty in Burgundy, too.
In the COMMENTS: Cheri, I've got to try that crema de limoncello! If it tastes like those ice cream bars from our youth (Creamsicles? Dream Bars?), I'm in.
FAVORITE READS: Thanks to my dear friend Sandi, I attended a lecture/book signing last night by Lauren Collins, author of the just-released When in French: Love in a Second Language . She is a staff writer for the New Yorker who met and married a Frenchman and now lives in Paris. Not your usual memoir---especially if you are studying French, you're going to love this one.