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rose trémiere

June 24, 2007

DSCN1746.jpgSo the place to be this weekend, I know, was Glastonbury. Not for me. I spent it mostly in the courtyard garden, transfixed by a rose trémiere. When I started my blog, I was determined to avoid the ground that has already been covered elsewhere: elusive artisans, run-ins with French bureaucracy, keeping chickens and watching the vegetables grow etc But I have to make an exception for my holly hock, which I am convinced is breaking some kind of record as it pushes ever skywards [it is almost as tall as the house].

On Saturday morning, I looked out through the kitchen window and saw that it had finally bloomed: five, utterly thrilling, delicate little pink flowers. I am beginning to understand how people become so impassioned about gardening. In total, one hibiscus, two jasmine plants and half a hydrangea have survived from last summer – all in terracotta pots and with a minimum of care. Clearly these are the plants to focus on for those of us challenged in the gardening department.

comments (12)

1. Posted by Noel on June 25, 2007 10:01 AM

Mimi, your garden sounds delightful! :-)

2. Posted by Gilles on June 25, 2007 12:18 PM

Saw the piece in the FT at the Weekend and thought I'd check out your blog. It's very well written and an interesting mixture of material. I'll be back to read more...

3. Posted by Eagle Wings on June 25, 2007 9:36 PM

Your hollyhock will also seed itself for next year!

4. Posted by sandara on June 25, 2007 11:36 PM

Half a hydrangea? Sounds interesting!

5. Posted by Dave B on June 26, 2007 11:58 AM

Loving the sound of your holly hock mimi. What did you do to that poor hydrangea?

6. Posted by jeannie on June 28, 2007 10:11 AM

Ah ha.....I'm thinking a subscription to Gardeners' World Mag could be a suitable birthday pressie for Mimi P.....?! Creating half a hydrangea - now that sounds quite an achievement!

7. Posted by Mr Rocket on June 28, 2007 11:39 AM

would love to see your hollyhock Mimi. It sounds like a prize winning specimen!

8. Posted by Dan Dx on July 1, 2007 2:42 AM

Hum, I would have written "rose trémière" but I'm maybe wrong... :-)

9. Posted by Flighty on July 2, 2007 2:21 PM

Oh my, and who are YOU Mr Rocket?

10. Posted by mimi pompom on July 2, 2007 2:55 PM

Dan Dx - you are absolutely right and I stand corrected and duly humbled. Unfortunately, tremiere is still missing an accent as I don't know how to do this on a mac.

11. Posted by Dan Dx on July 2, 2007 4:55 PM

Dear Mimi,

Thanks for your mail. About my french, I must say that I haven't any merit, I'm a frog, you know! :-D
I just wondered if "tremir" was maybe an anglicism.

About accents on a Mac's keyboard, did you try this?

à = Option (alt) + ` + a
â = Option (alt) + i + a
ç = Option (alt) + c
é = Option (alt) + e + e
è = Option (alt) + ` + e
ê = Option (alt) + i + e
ë = Option (alt) + u + e
î = Option (alt) + i + i
ï = Option (alt) + u + i
ô = Option (alt) + i + o
ö = Option (alt) + u + o
ù = Option (alt) + ` + u
û = Option (alt) + i + u
ü = Option (alt) + u + u

12. Posted by Mimi PomPom on July 9, 2007 7:13 PM

Dear Dan Dx,

thank you very much for this. I have printed it out and put it on the wall above my desk. Unfortunately, I still can't do grave accents as that backward comma thing does not appear on my keyboard. But very nice of you anyway

best wishes


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