Monday, April 03, 2017

Potager du roi, Versailles, Esprit Jardin

More garden stories PBers fom the Potager du Roi, Versailles.
I may not have inherited my mother's green thumb but who doesn't love PEONIES?
These are from a fleurist in Versailles, Arbre à Pivoines on 19, rue Hoche.
The past weekend was the annual 'Esprit Jardins' at the Potager du Roi
70-80 venders selling plants, tools, landscaping design, garden antiques and jam
Simply lush and the perfect day with temperatures in the high 70s. Sunhats and sunglasses required.
Exquisite prints
From the musee de la Toile de Jouy in Jouy-en-Josas. The time I visited the shop was closed. Such temptation!
A shop on the square was selling proper 17th century outfits though everyone was mostly in jeans.
Endless jams of unusual flavors like pears with chocolate and lemon Cointreau.
The official boutique at the king's kitchen gardens offers rhubarbe nectar. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday morning you can buy fresh organic produce fom their gardens.
Rosy soaps along with rose syrups, scents and jam.
Ater walking around the huge square to tents you must visit the gardens.
Designed and constructed by Jean-Baptiste La Quintinie from 1678-1683 at the request of Louis XIV. The 22 acres was originally a swamp completely unsuitable to be a kitchen garden. Drained and with fesh soil brought in, La Quintinie produced 50 varieties of pears, 20 varieties of apples, 16 types of lettuce.
Plus parsley, rocket, mint, tarragon and violets all for the king's salad. He developed ingenious methods for producing fruits out of season with sunken gardens.
A parapet walk was created so the king and his entourage could survey the team of 30 gardeners at work.
Its perfect RER C Train takes you from Versailles to Notre Dame-St Michel in a mere 25 minutes. Yesterday was glorious. Everyone was out enjoying the good weather and eating ice cream cones. Yours truly included (pistachio). Thank you for reading Parisbreakfast. If you enjoyed this post and want to support it, subscribe to Paris letters, maps and watercolors or forward to a friend. Cheers

17 comments:

  1. Love, love, love the peonies....both painted and real!

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    1. Thank you Jeanette!
      Peonies are addictive. I must get some more to paint.

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  2. Carol, I also love peonies, and have had great fun looking at your recent posts this evening, as I return from my brief blogland break.

    Your posts are superb! xo

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  3. Maria Isabel11:09 PM

    Here's a link from a while back about the restoration of the King's kitchen garden. The minute I started reading your post, I remembered that GIVENCHY had something to do with it.

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    1. Thank you Maria Isabel for the terrific link to the Givenchy garden story!

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  4. Love your peony painting! I tried to grow them here in LA, but they are not like me, they prefer colder climates! :( What an absolutely gorgeous day! Glad you enjoyed it in the gardens.

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  5. Thank you so much for your beautiful blog! Those flowers, the place, the photos.

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  6. The rose soap is making me giddy:) With all the peonies!♥Mine are still buried in snow but it's pouring so soon:)

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  7. I loved too, but always I visit your blog and fascinates me all your paintings, photographs. Thank you, Love, nia

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  8. How lovely! I would buy one of everything if I was there!

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  9. Kathryn11:12 AM

    Oh, Carol, food for the soul! A thousand thankyous, xo K

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  10. I love peonies - my grandfather grew them in the midwest - & they always remind me of home. I really need one of those wastebaskets and some jam - I'm intrigued by some of those flavors. Thank you for brightening my day.

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  11. Quite a pastiche, Carol :)
    I wish I was there, it's still wintry here.

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    1. Spring has arrived lime a lion here, overwhelming us all.

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  12. What a lovely post, wish I could pop off to a lovely market garden and see stalls like this. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

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  13. Those peonies are knocking my socks off! I'm so very ready for spring!

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  14. Thank you very much this foto of your watercolor, inspired by my peonies.
    It's beautiful.

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