Silent Sunday

I know it’s supposed to be silent but I couldn’t leave without saying a few words about this vibrant symbol of winter in the south of France and a sure sign that spring is on its way.

The bright yellow flower of this scented plant grows prolifically in southern France in the Var region where the Cote d’Azur and Provence meet. The route du Mimosa is 130km long and runs from Bormes les Mimosa to the perfume capital Grasse and is usually its best from the end of January to March.

It was British visitors introduced who Mimosa to the French Riviera in the late 19th century. The area was popular with those craving the sunshine of the Med and Victorians flocked here, including Queen Victoria who spent several months at a time in the region. The plant loved the climate and the soil and Mimosa growers proliferated. Used in the perfume industry (Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Guerlain are all fans) for its scent and in bouquets for its exquisite beauty and gorgeous colour, it also headlines a number of fabulous Mimosa festivals.

 

28 thoughts on “Silent Sunday

  1. You’re living the life Sheree, probably worked as hell to get to this point so happy you are enjoying yourself and sharing it with us. I´m learning about France without moving my ass from this uncomfortable wooden box I´m sitting in.

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    1. Yes, I do have an enviable life off the back of years of hardwork. That said, I do appreciate my good fortune and I’m delighted you’re enjoying hearing about France.

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      1. Check out photos from my previous trips. This must be my 20th visit so I’ve seen much of what Dubai has to offer but every year there’s something new. I love the vastness of the dessert but the town is built up and very manicured.

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  2. Beautiful pictures and descriptions. Your rolling stone sure doesn’t have time to gather any moss. Our wintering yellow flower is the unscented Winter Jasmine (which is too bad because the summer jasmine has a heavenly smell). It looks a lot llike forsythia and lets us know that Spring will get here sometime. Happy February.

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  3. Beautiful flowers although I doubt the French would ever admit that the British gave them anything. What exactly is Silent Sunday? Is it something I should know about?

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    1. It’s one of the many photo challenges on WP. There’s a lady called Cee Neuner who has a list of all the challenges (and hosts) on her blog.

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