Parisian florists always have a wonderful selection of blooms, at any time of the year. But it’s during the cool to cold months where they sort of spill out onto the streets, a very pleasant distraction every block or so apart. Here is the first bunch of photos from our trip last Fall…up top, yellow-green tinged pink roses in one of the markets.
Ready made bouquets in shopping bags at a neighborhood florist one evening, a couple of hours before the shop was to close.
Mini-pine trees (made from branches of trees) for tabletop displays. They were fragrant and cute. If I was heading straight home to Manila from Paris, I would have packed a few into our luggage!
More roses one evening, in a beautiful palette of colors. It is little known to outsiders or tourists, but if you bargain with the vendor late afternoon or early evening for roses and other blooms that are just opening and won’t look so good for retail the following day, you can bargain down the price quite a bit. So if you are using the flowers for a dinner that night, you might try your haggling skills, in french, of course, and keep smiling why you make your attempt. :)
Little rose bouquets in terra cotta pots. It’s amazing how small but beautiful a gesture you can make with one of these arrangements…
…as little as a single rose in a miniature terra cotta pot for someone on a budget, or who just wants to make a little gift that means so much more than the single rose.
This particular rose shop seemed to be coloring and preserving roses until they dried in what looked like pristine fresh form… And the name of the shop? au nom de la rose
Blue roses were a bit freaky.
This florist near the refurbished Picasso museum had a very interesting selection of blooms and plants on offer…
…fruiting pomelo trees in one pot (with a little squash accent piece).
Cactus, roses and orchids within inches of each other.
A calamansi topiary. Yes, a calamansi topiary! And lots of white butterfly orchids in the background inside the shop.
A rather stunning vertical garden over his shop’s emergency exit door. The graffiti against the plants looked particularly interesting.
Finally, bunches of rather pricey roses at the stalls in Place Madeleine.