Roses are red… – La renaissance

(In English below)

C’est la semaine des plantations pour moi. 150 pieds d’impatiens doubles, toutes les variétés d’herbes aromatiques que j’ai pu trouver et les roses qui sortent 2 semaines plus tôt qu’à l’habitude…

Je suis allé acheter tout ça directement chez le producteur samedi. D’abord avec la petite voiture puis avec la grosse… Et oui, c’est comme chez IKEA. On y va pour 30€ de marchandise et on en ressort avec un trou dans son découvert :0)

Mais c’est bien la dépense la plus importante de l’année pour moi. Un investissement pour tout l’été qui me fait du bien à la tête quand j’ai les idées noires…

Mes roses préférées sont les “Papa Meillan”. Énormes, rouge foncé, veloutées et très très odorantes. Mes “Pierre de Ronsard” ne seront vraiment ouvertes que dans 1 ou 2 semaines. Il y à aussi les fraises des bois, les dernières pensées couvertes de rosée et mes “Bernadettes Lafont”…

This is gardening week for me. 150 pods of impatiens (busy Lizzie), all the varieties of herbs that I could find and my roses are coming out two weeks earlier than usual…

I went to buy it all directly from the producer Saturday. First with the small car and then with the big one… Yes, it is like IKEA.You go and expect to spend 30€ and you come out with a deep hole in your wallet :0)

I couldn’t care less about this once in a year self indulgence. It is the largest expense of the year for me. An investment for the whole summer that will make me feel better when I’ll be down. Flowers have that effect on me. French living is all about smelling the roses…

My favorite roses are the “Papa Meillan” variety. Huge, dark red, velvety and very fragrant. My “Pierre de Ronsard” (light rose and green) will really be blooming in a week or two…

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Totally agree. Nothing beats phenomenal flowers and gardens!

  2. I so admire your photos, especially since I’m a menace in the garden. I love plants but there’s something about me which retards their growth. Now I’ve given up, and get a lot of vicarious pleasure from watching other people’s lush gardens !

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I’m not very good either 🙂 I just keep plants that are really resistant…

  3. Okay.. you’ve prompted me to get out and at least get my window boxes planted today! Now… where to put a rose garden….

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Where to put a rose garden? Corny answer?: in your head 🙂 🙂

  4. ladyredspecs says:

    and we have autumn leaves……I read a wonderful book many years ago “for the love of a rose” about the Meilland family developing what became known as the rose “Peace.” If you love roses you will love this book. I adore roses, but they must be fragrant or I feel cheated! My current favourite is ” the children’s rose” a mauve pink, super fragrant floribunda.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I like pink and red roses best. They are usually more fragrant than the white and yellow variety… My dream is to go to the Chelsea flower show one day…

  5. Janet Rörschåch says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, Stephane. Fresh flowers always bring a smile to my face.

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Fresh flowers are the best! How is your business? Have you had new clients recently?

  6. Part of my gardening plan is to have a small rose garden. 🙂 We have the same problem when we go to a garden store. Our budget just seems to magically grow!

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  7. Wish I was there to help 🙂 So love doing that sort of thing, regardless of my back!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      I know. My back hurts as well but it’s worth it 🙂

  8. What a beautiful place. I would love to visit and I am sure I would over indulge as well.

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  9. solaner says:

    Just, like my wife 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:


  10. Beautiful! Je suis d’accord avec vous : having flowers in my garden is perfect for lifting my spirits each day. Whether planting them, caring for them, or just enjoying looking at them – it forces me to stop worrying and just enjoy!

    1. My French Heaven says:

      They do send good vibes 😉

  11. I couldn’t agree more and they’re well worth the investment.
    I went a little overboard buying flowers on Saturday too. It must be Spring Fever 🙂

    1. My French Heaven says:

      Yes, it’s hard to resist 😉

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