My Mazamet

Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho

In Bloom + New People

I’m doing my best to restrain my urge to fiddle with the garden- well, I’m trying to learn everything I can about English style planting as quickly as I can first.

Meanwhile, I’ve been removing dead branches and doing some mild pruning. I’ve also been identifying bald spots where plants have died. I’ve bought some replacement plants. Landini lilies to go with the yellow lilies by the birdbath. Polygala myrtifolia, which is a South-African shrub, and some lavande de Grasse. I also got a pair of lemon trees to keep in pots on the steps.

I was walking through the garden yesterday and looking at the flowers, when  I suddenly realized they were the same flowers as the wallpaper in the small salon/study. Lilies, peonies, purple anemones. The only one missing from the garden are blue tulips, but I’ll plant some in fall to correct that.

Purple/blue seems to be the dominating colour, led by the wisteria. I’m obviously respecting that and buying plants in the same palette.

The weather has been amazing in the past few days. Warm, but not it’s too hot to breathe warm.

Mike invited the elderly woman who lives across the street for tea. She’s from Paris but has lived here for thirty years. Charming. She gave us an outline of life on the street; including listing the neighbours who helped her when she broke her arm last year. In her words, here we all help each other. Nice.


12 comments on “In Bloom + New People

  1. Hariod Brawn
    June 1, 2015

    Good neighbours: a very great blessing.


  2. Liberty of Thinking
    June 1, 2015

    Oh, peonies, my favourite flowers, and a beautiful garden, and great neighbours, excellent!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. john zande
    June 1, 2015

    I would like to have a photo of your faces the precise moment she said that. That would be a “framer” 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. karenjane369
    June 1, 2015

    “Warm, but not it’s too hot to breathe warm.”. Want to swap your weather for our strong wind & heavy rain & temperature around 9c? I had to put the central heating on tonight (rare for me, as I’d rather be cold than hot) & I’m even contemplating having a hot water bottle when I go to bed. Please send your warm weather my way.


    • Mr. Merveilleux
      June 1, 2015

      Darling, property here is extraordinarily good value- CHEAP, even. I think it’s easier if you move hither 😀


      • karenjane369
        June 2, 2015

        I am one of those rare people who has never had a passport, although I have started to fill in an application form. Having got to almost 59 without this almost vital document, I imagine it’s going to take me a few more years to be brave enough to travel on it. (husband thinks I am mad, as he has gone abroad with work, & he’s longing to eat his way round Europe). Happily our weather today has been sunny & my blue iris & a peony have finally flowered. x

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  5. acflory
    June 1, 2015

    Are you tempted to plant any fruit trees? Summer, warm, sun-ripened apricots picked straight from the tree…. 😀


  6. myatheistlife
    June 2, 2015

    Pink, I could listen to you go on about the decor for hours. The way you write is enchanting. I like it.


  7. appletonavenue
    June 8, 2015

    Your garden is beautiful and I’m sure will only improve under your thumb.


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