Thursday, June 6, 2019

A Wee Bit of France and Nectaroscordum

 We are back from beautiful France, and after two days the jet lag is gone and I am back to my perky self.  I've been going through hundreds of pictures I took of the back roads of Provence, French Riviera (Cannes)  Nice, Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, St-Rémy-de-Provence, Maussane les Alpilles (wonderful olive oil tasting and dinner) and the high-speed rail journey to Paris.

I was pleased upon our return that the garden is in full swing after being gone 10 days. I placed an order with my reliable supplier of garden plants before we left for France, and picked them up today.  Fun, fun. We went to France with a tour group, and you learn a lot from talking to others during dinner. We hit it off with someone that had an app on his phone that monitored his garden while he was away and when it needed watering and could prompt that. So techy, and how awesome is that. I am old school and asked my neighbor to water mine and I brought back some wonderful lavender from Provence to thank her. 

Well anyways, I planted this flowering bulb several years ago. I can’t even remember where I bought the bulbs, but this Nectaroscordum siculum or Allium siculum is a wonderful oddball of a flowering bulb. It has lovely dangling mauve and green bells, and are very tall and located near our patio table so they stare me in the face when we dine alfresco. Nectar-garlic (that’s what Nectaroscordum means) is animal-proof, since nobody messes with onion relatives, really. It is long-lasting too. Nectaroscordum is good-looking even after the blooms are done, forming a tan-colored seedpod that turns upward where each waxy bell once dangled. It’s a great cut flower but I don’t have enough to do that J Bees love it which is why I planted it.  I watch the bees while I eat.

We enjoyed seeing the poppies blooming in France (lavender will be in bloom soon), and the first photo is of the white tree which was the first photo I took on the French Riviera during the Cannes Film Festival. They have since removed everything that was set up just for the festival.  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Such pretty flowers!! Love the red and white rose! Looking forward to see more pics of your vaca

    1. I enjoyed the blooms of France, and when I arriveed home after two weeks, my garden was thriving! I'm still going through the photos, and doing laundry. Soon!

  2. Just gorgeous! I didn't think one was allowed to carry plants overseas! Lucky you!

  3. went to Maussane..did you find the cookies in that charming food store?I thought for sure the lavender was in bloom..didn't I see a pic of you and Joe in front of a field?:)

    1. Monique, we loved Maussane. If near St-Remy or Les Baux, do not miss Masdeteuliere for dinner. The cheeses and the desserts are simply exquisite. And the friendly service of Mady (the owner) is worth the visit. I had the best eggplant that I am going to recreate at home. The lavender photo you say was taken in the finest lavender shop :-) The owner had a lovely wall of the lavender fields and offered to take our picture. I was not able to find the cookies in the charming food store.

  4. Oh my Debbie, what beautiful, colorful photos of your romantic, dreamy trip to France! That last photo of the purple corner is amazing!!! I’m trying to figure it out. I’d be like you and would have to ask a neighbor to water my plants. I’m so happy that you had such a fabulous trip. 😘

  5. Beautiful and stunning photos Deb! Wow! I love the guy that can control his garden with an app, that's really cool!! I rely on Mother Nature :) The 10 days must have gone by sooo quickly! Does it all seem like a dream now? Thank goodness for digital photography!

  6. What beautiful photos, Debbie! It's funny because when we're on vacation I love to take photos of flowers too :) True gardeners! I'd prefer to count on my neighbor to water my garden too...glad to hear your garden is in good shape!

  7. Wow Debbie, such a beautiful post. The flowers are gorgeous. Such a delight to see so many pretty blooms. So glad to hear your garden is thriving. We have apps too that we can monitor our garden. I believe 12 zones. Paul has a photo of each zone, so we can pick and choose if some areas need extra watering. Thanks for sharing a part of your fantastic trip.

  8. I enjoyed your photographs. They brought back fond memories of my last visit to France and filled me with wanderlust. Have a fun and peaceful week.

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