May 2, 2016

The Perfume and Candles of Provence

The Perfume and Candles of Provence

Does that sound romantic?  Actually… Ginger was away in Canada, and Nutmeg was certain that he had zero interest in visiting the Provence perfume distillery le Musée des Arômes or candle maker at the Ciergerie de l’abbaye des Prémontrés. (more…)

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March 25, 2013

Remarkable Gardens – Jardins Remarquable in France

Remarkable Gardens – Jardins Remarquable in France

In May 2003, the label Jardin Remarquable (Remarkable Garden) was created, to celebrate and document the magnificent gardens of France. A Jardin Remarquable, is one that meets the established criteria; integration in the site, interesting blend of vegetation, quality of the location, engaging use of plants and where applicable provides historical interest. (more…)

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May 7, 2012

Dedicated to the Red Poppies of Provence

Dedicated to the Red Poppies of Provence

Southern Alberta spring is transient. Nutmeg likes to call it the Spring Tease. You might be tempted to clean off the deck, haul out the garden furniture and make an assessment of the damage winter did to the yard. You may even take your bike out for a spin, careful to avoid the gravel left over from the icy days. There could be an opportunity to sneak in an early season golf game. Don’t put away your warm clothes yet! These are the few weeks a year, when multi-sport enthusiasts can ski and golf in the same day, although you may be warmer skiing. Last week the daytime temperatures in the Bow Valley hovered around 7C (45F) and Lady MacDonald was crowned with a fresh dusting of the white stuff. Nutmeg reflected once again, that there really are places in the world, where flowers are blooming by this time. A touch of red (more…)

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May 23, 2011

Following Provence’s Mimosa Trail

Following Provence’s Mimosa Trail

According to Nutmeg, the Mimosa in cocktail form, does not do justice to either of it’s ingredients; champagne or orange juice.  It is often served for brunch and that is a whole other story (see previous blog post). This post is about the first flower of the season in Provence. The mimosa is a beautiful flowering bush that is often found in gardens, green-spaces, and forests all over the south of France. There are over 1200 varieties world-wide, the shrub is native to Australia, Central and South America and parts of Asia, not France. It is believed that the mimosa plant travelled to Europe on one of Captain Cook’s voyages. This flowering beauty was introduced to southern France around 1850, by wealthy English, who planted them to in order to brighten-up their gardens during the winter months on the Cote D’Azur. (more…)

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