Yesterday was a gorgeous day in Versailles: sunny and warm with just a slight breeze that sufficed to blow just enough pollen into the house to activate my spouse's hay fever.
Impossible to stay inside on a day like that. So we grabbed the car and headed out to Truffaut's in Parly 2. After I salivated over the fancy trellises and we made our usual pass by the animalerie to see the ferrets, we got down to business and purchased lettuce, tomatoes, gladiolas, pois de senteur (sweet peas), Capucines (nasturtiums), courgettes (zucchini) , geraniums, one large sac of fumier de cheval (horse manure) and two sacs of terreau (potting soil).
My garden is not very large but after so many years of apartment living in various suburbs around Paris, I'm just deeply grateful to have a garden of any size. There's no particular plan for my garden. On the contrary, I'm constantly changing my mind about what I want to grow and where. There's a fair amount of weeds as well. I'm very good at the creative stuff - not so good at basic maintenance and, if the weed is pretty, I figure I might as well let it have its way. After all, who am I to argue if fate decided to put that dandelion there? The result is modest but it makes me happy and I spent the better part of Sunday puttering around and planting some of what we bought on Saturday. The rest will go on this week and the next but here are a few pictures of what's already in place.
And if anyone has a good tip for how to clean up the stones on the patio, I am all ears.....