I spent the past several months coming home to plantless planters and looking out at empty window boxes. Accustomed to this landscape and busy with my various occupations, I didn’t even consider replacing the plants that once illuminated my surroundings. And then a sunny day at the start of May, I thought back to the lovely petunias we once had in our windows…
The problem is: I don’t have much of a green thumb. Quite a shame for a girl whose parents once won one of those prizes for their flower garden. I guess this sort of talent isn’t genetic.
But, luckily, I didn’t have to fret for long. My mother-in-law has a very green thumb! So to the rescue she came with both green plants and flowers that she carefully planted (with the help of 3-year-old P. who loved digging in the dirt and wearing gardening gloves!) in window boxes and outdoor planters. A spot of the countryside in Paris…
Because the countryside can indeed be found in Paris. Of course in obvious places like the many public gardens or along the banks of the Seine or Canal Saint-Martin. But the countryside is also present in less obvious locations, such as private courtyards or along balconies… So when you are in Paris, don’t forget to look up (or peer in when you see a big apartment building entrance open).
When my mom would visit me in Paris, one of our favorite things was walking along and all of a sudden taking a glance through one of those impressive doorways… and seeing such lovely assortments of plants! These sorts of surprises often come along in the least-expected places, making them especially delightful.
Even though I’ve lived in Paris for a while, the discovery of a hidden courtyard still delights me. In the meantime, I now have a few petunias to gaze at when I have a moment to tear myself away from the computer!
What are your favorite window box plants? What are your favorite “countryside things” to be found in a city?