Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Le Muguet~Les Lilas..et les Pissenlits~

White white white















White white white..
I am not complaining..
these are white fragrance days..
LOTV..Lilacs..White crabapples~
Hyacinths..
and some sunshine yellow..all over the place..

You know what they say..when life hands you lemons..make lemonade..well when life hands you dandelions..drink dandelion tea.
Definitely not my fave..but good for us..
a sweet robin had started a nest in my clematis by the new potager..I found the beginnings on the ground..fear not..another is started..but I kept the one I found on the ground..the intricacy of their adroit workmanship is extraordinary.
It's a lovely time of year to be gathering small bouquets of flowers to set in different rooms..the scent of LOTV is a favorite of mine♥
Oli's auntie and uncle's gorgeous dog♥
I find it so hard to fathom how phones can take such great pics..my daughter took that pic with her phone!~No editing..
Granted..lovely subjects~ :)

So..it's summer here..weather in the 80's and sunny..since last week!!No rain ..the most different May I have seen...

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  1. That's as warm as it is here. Beautiful whites. I've never grown those. I have heard dandelion tea is very good for you. Enough honey and maybe some lemon should make it more palatable. We are having thunderstorms but the sun comes out afterward so all is good.

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    1. looks like we may get rain..I know the gardens would be grateful..and show their appreaciation.
      Oh yes..honey for sure..:)

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  2. Oh I love all your different arrangements! So pretty!
    My LOTV are just opening at the cottage...must copy you, and make a few cute vases next weekend...ok?
    We are hot here too...no watering ban,though....that must be rough...I know what you mean about the wilting perennials...:o(
    That little is soooo cute...OMG!!
    Almost ready to pick up Vivian...she needs to water her garden here...and plant her PUMPKINS!! The plants are big!
    Enjoy your day Monique...and this weather...who knows what next week will bring!!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Now..if I had a florist in the family:)maybe I wouldn't be making the bouquets..LOTV grows invasively and wild here..but it was my mom's favorite..so it can invade..:)
      Maybe I should plant a pumpkin Linda..I have room for one or 2 more things..:)
      Have fun in your garden w/ your wee gardener:)

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    2. Yes....plant some pumpkins! The boys will love to watch them grow!
      We are very cloudy here now...hope we get some rain!

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    3. Our rain never came...oh well..no control I have on that..maybe I will watch your pumpkins grow;!

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    4. We were pouring here earlier...and thunder and lightning...perhaps it will reach you!
      the gardens are loving it!

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    5. It came TODAY..just finished hand watering a bunch of stuff..and thunder happened and a lovely downpour..thanks for doing the raindance for us:)

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  3. Monique, the photo is crystal clear. I wish I could get shots like that with my phone.
    I love the delicate white blooms. Would love a bouquet of these! I'm still enjoying the amazing sunflowers that came home with me Saturday night and the boquet of mix blooms that almost look like wildflowers. Still savoring that evening, which was totally amazing!

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    1. I would have LOVED that evening..I just know it!♥

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  4. What does LOTV stand for? Your flowers are certainly beautiful and look similar to our Snowbells. Snowbells have a tiny green dot around the edge of the flower, though. What a sweet little nest! But, I don't think it's as sweet as your Oli.

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    1. These are called Lily of the Valley..in French..Muguet Des Bois..
      The scent is out of this world..perfumes a room..like lavender lilacs..
      That little Oli IS sweet..I know you get it..you have 2:)

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  5. The lily of the valley are so pretty. You must have some patch in the garden to have all those bouquets! Mine has finished blooming here and do need to be dug out oh the garden a bit to save the less thuggish plants. Maybe in late summer or fall. We will be hot too on and off these next few days with no rain to speak of. You might want to research the pumpkin varieties. I grew some and the vines take up quite a bit of gardening space. And each vine produces only 2-3 pumpkins (you will want one for each of the Littles I am sure). You don't want the leaves to block the sun from other veggies you are growing.

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    1. My friend Nancy grew pumpkins one year..and I kid you not the vines grew out of the bed through her yard..I really don't have enough room for that..maybe just a few tomato plants because my seedlings..like all of them are weak weak weak.

      And yes the LOTV are invading the whole right side of the driveway that I had let grow wild..would love to get someone in to polish that space up..maybe one day..:)

      I have been thinking of you:)

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    2. Thanks Monique. Feeling better, just adjusting to only having one hand to use!

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    3. Not easy at all....bon courage:)

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  6. What a sweet photo of Oli and that adorable big fluffy rug of a dog :) It is a gorgeous dog and what a kind face it has! My LOTV are blooming too. Lauren and I both love them and I hope to have a big bouquet for her when they come over on Saturday for dinner. The smell is heavenly! Summer here too - 80s the next few days. Perfect for our long weekend and holiday parties and cook-outs. All planted here and my back is not happy but the garden is looking tidy and colorful now. Now to enjoy :) I had a robin's nest in a clematis one year too! We have a momma deer and tiny fawn living in our woods somewhere. John says let her eat whatever she wants. Just not my flowers, please :)

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    1. John and Jacques..LOL..now if it was golf balls...;)

      I know..remember 16 years ago? When nothing hurt?


      So grateful to have a garden and see things grow..I know you are too..now a few helpers would be nice..

      Have a wonderful weekend Susan and family..I love how LOTV LAST iin a bouquet..lilacs..not so much..
      going to water my plants..found a new giggle juice..will try..and let you know..organic..

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  7. Alas, we left our LOVTs behind at the old house. I must start a new planting! What an adorable photo of a boy and his dog!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. They are so invasive..maybe they followed you Bonnie:)

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  8. Love white flowers, they always look great against the green. I love LOTV's but they became very invasive in my perennial bed and I had to dig them all out and move them to their own little area. Pretty, pretty! Great dog and little boy pic!

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    1. Oh they are they sooo invasive ..but..;)

      That dog ..what a face..I agree! Like a movie doggie:)

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  9. How I love love love those muguets!!! I recently learned the word "pissenlit" and now I am finding it everywhere! It is a word with a sense of humor, and so is "dandelion"....It is a happy flower, but les pauvres pissenlits, they have such a bad reputation... Here too, the apple blossoms and lilacs are spectacular! Little bouquets in each room, so pleasant....

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    1. I know ..pissenlits..funny little name..I agree!

      I love home bouquets..and hand made cards..and scents of spring and summer..and ....etc....
      Happy weekend to you Rita..enjoy it.

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    2. The flowers are gorgeous, I love to take different flowers of all the same color and make a bouquet, such fun. Lovely picture of Oli and the dog!!

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    3. :) Starting to reap herbs and etc from the garden..not ahead like you though....what a pretty dog right?

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  10. Oh I love lilies of the valley. Mine are starting and I love mixing them with violets in little bouquets around the house. And that photo of Oli and the dog.Well that needs to be on a wall!And my silver...It was my grandma's and I got it when she did 35 years ago. That would mean she'd be past 100 but no one seems to agree on how old she was when she died. I use it for my every day!

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    1. My mom would be 96..it was their wedding silver..:) We have the very same silver Abbe.:)
      That's nice:)

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  11. its so much fun when you get to find a fallen nest it is really so amazing how they make them and i remember being in Savannah and the birds found ribbon to add to the nest it was so beautiful.
    lotv is such a favorite of mine but i've never had the chance to grow it.
    all your white flowers are so beautiful :)

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    1. A ribbon♥
      Now that's a seredipitous find Jenni:)

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  12. I love your LOTV! I'm thrilled my garden has them too. Almost 89 here and def muggy. Not my favorite but fortunately, summers are cool 70's. Have a great weekend.

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    1. You too! Same type of weather here....the greening up of our gardens:)

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  13. What beautiful photographs Monique. I love LOTV, but have never been able to get it to grow for me. May has been quite cook here, but also quite dry, which I love. Bank holiday weekend here so it is bound to rain. ;-) Love the photo of Oli with that beautiful dog. So adorable, both of them. What a fab photo taken with a phone. Amazing. What kind of phone is it? Bird's nests are amazing. Nature is amazing. Happy weekend! Bisous! xoxo

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    1. I'll ask my daughter ..she has 2;) One furnished by work..and I don't know which is which:)
      Many food bloggers use phones..saw the cutest thing yesterday for phones and Ipads..a Polarid instant printer! No ink.. 2x 3 photos..so neat for a journal!

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  14. I am way behind on my blog reading, having been on vacation. It is so nice to be back and catch up. It seems to me that May is one of those months that makes it easy to be happy. Your beautiful grandson appears to think so :-)
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. How perfectly put..May makes it easy to be happy..
      I think you should copywright that quote.I love it..an Amaliaism:)

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  15. Lilies of the Valley are my favorite. My youngest son knew that and many years ago after we had moved to Florida, he had been on a visit up there and brought me a batch of them pulled out by the roots! We planted them in our garden...of course, they didn't like it here and died quickly. But I've never forgotten how sweet a thought that was!

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    1. That is the sweetest thing:)
      Boys can be so tenderhearted..
      I just biked to the mail (not far..up the street)and passed Lucas on the way back..he was on his bike..he shouted:" Hi nana!.." He can now ..on his own..bike across shore road..time goes by so quickly!
      Made my day:)
      I love boys now:)Only ever had girls..
      And Barbara..one of our son-in-laws brought me 2 wheelbarrows of manure for the gardens yesterday:)

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  17. The photo of your grandson is just precious. I love lily of the valley. We do not see them in California. In France they sell them on May Day which is my mum's birthday so I always think of her when I see them. I just returned from Malta and went by my grandmother's home. A lady asked me if I was looking for someone and told her my grandmother used to live there. Turned out she knew both her and my mum and told me a lovely story about my mum.

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    1. Esme..how wonderful that she knew both♥
      I was aware of the custom in France for LOTV..it's a lovely tradition..
      I know you were off on a trip with your dad..I hope that went beautifully..

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  18. Your flowers are lovely! I can imagine the amazing aroma as you go from room to room - what a blessing! Love the dog picture too - he is beautiful and your grandson so adorable!

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  19. Lilies of the Valley are my all time favorite flower. They would be one of the only reasons I would move back north! They don't grow down here in NC. I guess it's too hot. Lilacs don't do well either, so sad. It's so fun to see your beautiful gardens once again!

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  20. Your whites are so beautiful but my favourite of all is that beautiful pic of your boy and his gorgeous dog!
    Many blessings
    Shel

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