16 Jul2015


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.



  1. ami says:

    If I were living in Paris or anywhere else outside the Philippines, a calamansi plant would really come in handy. I would miss having calamansi-toyo or calamansi-patis for my sawsawan. I have a friend who brings calamansi to Hong Kong whenever they are there for vacation. She prefers calamansi-toyo for dipping for dimsum.

    Jul 16, 2015 | 3:47 pm


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  3. E Clement says:

    your post just made my day! thanks, MM!

    Jul 17, 2015 | 8:04 am

  4. Greens and Blossoms says:

    Roses are breathtakingly beautiful!!!…..Stunning vertical garden, indeed – hmmm will try out some ivy plants for mine….can’t wait for part 2!

    Jul 17, 2015 | 11:45 pm

  5. Natie says:

    Oh, how beautiful! By the Seine, there is a building with a wall of ferns, moss, and other greens.. What building is that, MM? Anyone?

    Jul 18, 2015 | 3:55 am

  6. Footloose says:

    First time for me to see this spectacular colour combination of rose (top shot). Makers of permanent flowers are always just a few steps behind natural horticultural breeders, you know, much like pathogens vis a vis disease control scientists. But what gives me pause are the maker of artificial ones in traditional art materials such as ceramics. Why are their products held in much higher esteem when they are still fakes? see http://www.thevladimircollection.com/

    Jul 18, 2015 | 7:17 am

  7. Thel from Florida says:

    Flowers, my most favorite topic– you already know that MM. Thanks for all the interesting posts. Have a great day!

    Jul 18, 2015 | 7:52 am

  8. Marketman says:

    Footloose, yipes, not my type. Perhaps folks like that they don’t have to trim them, add water, etc.?!?

    Jul 18, 2015 | 6:44 pm

  9. Connie C says:

    My home will not be graced those ceramic flowers, apparently a relatively new wave and gaining patronage by the chichi crowd, but I admire the effort and the art that shaped those, especially the hyper real ones. Besides, they must command a good price.

    “That freedom to stylishly deviate from reality is one of the things that is distinguishing the new wave of faux flowers. As floral designer Livia Cetti says, “The joy of this craft is both studying nature up close to create true-to-life flowers and running wild with your imagination, using nature only as a guide.””

    Why Faux Flowers Are Really Chic:


    Jul 19, 2015 | 8:36 am

  10. Footloose says:

    That effort and the art is no different from the craft put into turning out gum paste flowers to decorate cakes except the skill put into it by the poor artisans are intended for even poorer souls.

    Jul 19, 2015 | 4:46 pm

  11. Sleepless in Seattle says:

    love..love ..love..your flower posting.

    Jul 21, 2015 | 12:46 pm


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