Friday, April 21, 2017

Kimono/ musee Guimet, la Fete des Printemps, glycine

Lavender blue dilly, dilly..I'm flower-obsessed since Georgianna Lane's PARIS IN BLOOM.
There are plenty of flowers at the exposition, KIMONO, Musee Guimet.
Showers of cherry blossoms
Reflect the flowered kimono fabrics
They certainly influenced French couture designers like Yes Saint Laurent with this patterned robe.
The annual La Fete des Printemps is on at department store Printemps
Yellow and purple go together always on the color wheel. Have you tried it?
Perfection, this yellow door crowned by lavender wisteria. The French word is 'glycine'!
More yellow and purple.
I left a note on this window sill. SVP Paint your shutters jaune!!
Old Paris has hidden enclaves of cobblestone streets full of wisteria, for the moment at least. You'll feel you've stepped into the countryside. Have you searched them out? Very affordable too...free! 
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Bon WEEKEND a tous!

33 comments:

  1. Mary H10:09 AM

    i love all your pictures and stories. At least i can travel vicariously!

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  2. Beautiful. Did you know it can take years for wisteria to bloom? A commitment. Good thing some people invested, so we can enjoy the fruits of their labor.

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    1. No idea TOF! I remember my father ripping it out. It would kill off other plants as I recall.

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    2. Growing up we had a wisteria plant. Didn't bloom for seven years. The next year we said, if it doesn't bloom we are ripping it out... it must've heard us grumbling because we were treated with beautiful blooms every year since! Enjoyed the beautiful pics!

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  3. Anonymous2:57 PM

    Carol, Is there any other flowering tree as beautiful as wisteria? I once designed a production of "Show Boat" and for the wedding scene at the end of Act I, I made 19 foot tall trellises covered in wisteria. Cheers, Stephan

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  4. I've been flower obsessed for 100 yrs..welcome to my club..except you actually have some growing outdoors now and I don't:( And les Glycines?♥

    Not here..I tried and tried..

    My craft room looks a like grow house.. Dancing W/ Smurfs..mini tomato plants and Stripes Of Yore big tomato plants..sunflowers and calendulas.
    All under lights waiting for some semblance of sun and warmth..
    And PURPLE Nicotianas..:)
    Love the pics :)

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    1. PLEASE, PLEASE show us yiur craft room. I would love to see it. Sounds so inspiring.

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    2. Not now..lol..I have shown it..you're all over the back wall:)

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  5. Allie1:58 AM

    Another feel-good, lovely blog from you. Thanks.

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  6. Loving all that glorious wisteria. Biggest sight...

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  7. Great Photos, Carol (& the opening watercolor!)
    I especially like the outdoor photos.

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  8. Loved seeing all the gorgeous wisteria, and your note suggesting
    a new coat of paint for that door.
    I'm sure you made a hasty retreat, though!
    Wendy in Maryland

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  9. Wisteria has to be the most romantic plant that ever grew and purple is a favorite color of mine - so this was a delightful blog to start my day.

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  10. Deb K1:17 PM

    Those wisteria are drop dead gorgeous. Glycine huh? Awfully close to being fattening (glycide?) No wonder I like them so much.

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  11. I love wisteria! What street is that cobblestone with all the wisteria? In my previous trips to Paris I have never been in the spring, only the fall. So guess what, now I am planning my trip for next spring!

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    1. rue des thermopyles in the 14eme

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  12. Lynne C2:30 PM

    Exquisite.

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  13. Anne T2:33 PM

    Wisteria makes life worth living

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    1. It does indeed and I just found out!!
      More reasons to love Paris.

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  14. Great!!!
    go to Cite Florale .......
    Rue Glycine..... great wisteria....

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  15. Clarity Artists8:06 PM

    Okay, this time it's that yellow door, wow!

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    1. Yellow + purple = complimentary colors. Can't go wrong.

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  16. You had me at the kimonos but then all the lovely purple flowers! Especially with the yellow. Thanks again for the amazing trip to Paris ;)

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  17. Oh Carol, where to begin! I love the kimono shape and have been toying with making one for myself. The wonderful folks at Folkwear sewing patterns have a classic version.

    I also slove the purple/yellow complimentary combo...it's so much fun to investigate how to manipulate the two hues and see how the combo still works.

    And now...on to wisteria. Our NYC wisteria vigil is still underway. Perhaps another week or two of the current warming trend will do the trick. Meanwhile, seeing the Parisienne versions is a complete delight.

    xo

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  18. Eugenia P1:13 AM

    In today’s posting there’s a luscious yellow door with wisteria. Last spring we visited Montpelier, the VA home of President James Madison. The house has a triple front door and all three are painted that same golden yellow. It was love at first sight. I was able to find out what the paint was and now, voila! our front and side doors are that same bright color that lifts our spirits every day. (No wisteria possible, however.)

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  19. Kathy R1:19 AM

    you’re so perfect speaking in images rather than words. so gifted. if that sounds like a left handed compliment, it’s not, it just seems sometimes it’s lovely to just communicate as you are….talking is exhausting ;o)/

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  20. the outdoors everywhere in Paris is exhilarating

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  21. magnificent! of course, for me, the real flowers steal the show, but the designer interpretations are breathtaking, too!

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  22. Ps How could I forget to mention the dragons?? A super fave!

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  23. oww so beautiful..loved to see all the gorgeous flowers!

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  24. Where ever are these beautiful streets? Will be there next month - need a new stroll!

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    1. I forgot to mention...
      rue des thermopyles in the 14eme

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  25. What a picture the blooming wisteria makes. And you're right, they go perfectly with yellow.
    The Japanese inspiration reminds me of Monet's dining room, filled with Japanese prints. And his garden was equally beautiful.

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