Saturday, May 01, 2021

Fete de Muguet and more single letters

 


Happy Premier de Mai PBers! 

The past two days I’ve been hanging out at florist Christian Collin on 43, rue de Rivoli. They were busy as bees. 


I didn’t know the French buy their muguet ahead of the big day. When I went back yesterday to buy, all the smaller plants were gone. Whoosh 


If you buy a plant, you get that cute clip-on ladybug/coccinelle. It doesn’t come with a bunch/boite of flowers :((


 I got a little vase. No cute bug ๐ŸžI hope I get to paint this bunch ๐Ÿคž☺️


Kilo flats of strawberries ๐Ÿ“ and asperges are out in force. Lovely how the French save their berries for Spring’s arrival. You rarely see them the rest of the year.


Chocolate pots of lily of the valley. The pot on the left looks like real dirt. Did you know the hottest plant pots are covered in birch bark...or maybe I’m late to the soiree.


I was looking through old PB May Day posts I came across my 1st May Paris letter from 2014. A lot of water under the pont/bridge since then. 


I was influenced by Botticelli’s apparition of Spring/Printemps. 


Lately when the Vogue report arrives there’s this ad for a Botticelli diaphanous, flowy skirt


Thank you again for your wonderful response to the new single letters. Its been such a surprise for me๐Ÿ’‹ So I decided to put this letter up ☺️๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ“ 


It has a watercolor-decorated envelope ๐Ÿ’Œ though now full size. Muguet/lilies of the valley are my birth flower and hold a special place in my heart ❤️๐Ÿป Are you a May baby too?

26 comments:

Sybille said...

France celebrates everything with such style and joie de viv !
Thanks for sharing.

Lara said...

Spring = flowers, strawberries and asparagus
The perfect trio

Dorrance said...

A divine post.
All the senses gratified - smell, taste and a vision of Botticelli’s exquisite beauty.

BL said...

So Pretty...love your decorated envelopes!

Ga From Dekalb said...

My Mother was a May baby and loved the Muguet fragrance. I think I can smell them now thanks to your post. I will have to plant some, although if I remember they tend to take over.
This “chick” wishes to have that skirt!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Us summer-born babes are supposed to be ‘sharp as a tack’ Who knows GA :))

Home said...

Muguet de Bois!!! Beautiful post for the 1st of May. I wore this fragrance when I was a teenager..I remember the scent perfectly

GwenElyb said...

Merci bien for sharing your outings around Paris. Since I can't be there doing it myself, it is much fun to travel on your shoulder. :)

La Table De Nana said...

I have so much mughet..I could sell it:) Except mine is later the greens popped up but no blooms yet..Hardy hardy grows through asphalt..I may have that first "Lettre de mai"...will check my wall of fame.

Kirrabelle said...

Sorry you didn’t get the ladybug clip, it’s cute! The strawberries look lovely though. Happy birthday month! It’s autumn here in Australia so a different feel to spring.

Bonnie L said...

Yes! I’m definitely a May baby. Perhaps that is why I love spring above all other seasons. Sadly, lily of the valley does not bloom where I live until June! I love that France sells produce, like strawberries, only in season when they are at the peak of flavor. Thank you for letting us vicariously live through your beautiful Paris spring.

Sally said...

I love lilies of the valley. A Happy May Birthday to you, Carol.
We stayed at the Hotel des Muguets in Paris for a few days in a very small former ?utility room on the first floor. It faced the inside garden of my dreams

Parisbreakfasts said...

Yr a May baby too M.Bonnie! I did not know that..Hmmm
A Zoom party is due ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพ‍♀️

Lulu said...

One of my favorite moments in Paris --Fete de Muguet--today's post is fabulous
I went to Union Square even got a plant--the fragrance is so heavenly

JG said...

Eating strawberries & remembering-song-
White coral bells ,on a slender stock- lillies of the valley line my garden walk.
Oh dont you wish that you could hear them ring? That will happen only when the faries sing.

Jacquelyn said...

I once arrived in Paris on May 1st and Air France gave out mugeut bouquet! I was thilled. Never forgot.

sukicart said...

I miss Lillies of the Valley - they used to grow outside my bedroom window in the Midwest. The very first letter I bought from you was a May 1st Lillies of the Valley and I still treasure it.

Leslie in Oregon said...

Blooms in succession of Daphne odora, Muguet des Bois, and Lilacs...three exquisitely-fragrant gifts of Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere)! I always particularly miss French-speaking Europe on May 1...

Parisbreakfasts said...

SUKI, you are an original PBer!
That was 2014 and this letter shown today ๐Ÿ˜Š

CB said...

I’m ordering your muguet letter—brings back so many lovely memories.
When we lived in upstate NY my garden included thousands of muguets in spring, along with 6000 daffodils I planted along our canal.

Parisbreakfasts said...

How extraordinary CB
I cant even imagine it.

Jeanie said...

There is something so wonderful about lily of the valley. The fragrance is fabulous -- almost overpowering. I bring them in from the garden and can't breathe till they are gone but it's worth the extra inhaler doses! Rick's are ahead of mine, in a sunnier spot, I guess, so we can have them for a longer period of time. I love how they package there and the arrangement with the berries is lovely. Yes, you must paint that one! My strawberries have their flowers on so it shouldn't be too long now! Happy week!

Louvregirl said...

Thank you for the link to that skirt!!!! ;)

Parisbreakfasts said...

Good for you LOUVREGIRL!
I will wear it vicariously through you :))

Mary said...

I'm looking forward to receiving the Cherry Blossoms and the Lily of the Valley. Your artwork is lovely.

Jan said...

Why, oh why was that festival never exported to the US? You couldn’t buy a muguet around here if your life depended on it! I did find a nice bunch of tulips, though...