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.
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 watercolorsor forward to a friend. Cheers
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