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.