A little tour of late-summer plants in Paris, France

the blue door.
the blue door.
Behold! The beautiful artichoke! Digestive bitter, food and home decor.
Behold! The beautiful artichoke! Digestive bitter, food and home decor.
calendula!
calendula!
"weeds" labeled and placed lovingly in a medicinal plants garden? be still my heart!
“weeds” labeled and placed lovingly in a medicinal plants garden? be still my heart!
Gunnera spp. and me: for perspective,  I am 5' tall.
Gunnera spp. and me: for perspective, I am 5′ tall.
mimosa
mimosa
elder
elder
Hello, delightful plant lovers. I just returned from a little jaunt to Paris, where I spent a lot of time checking out plants, poking around in herb shops and feeling amazed at the wide availability of medicinal herbs everywhere–even in the airport. I especially enjoyed the practice of growing artichokes everywhere, including in random streetside plantings, botanical gardens, parks and flowerpots. I enjoyed Elder everywhere. I enjoyed glimpses of secret gardens in courtyards and behind fences. I enjoyed Mimosa trees and Lindens lining the sidewalks, huge sages buzzing with bees and vervain tea in every pharmacy. I also visited parks and botanical gardens and, though a few seemed a bit structured for my personal taste noone seemed to mind when i touched, smelled, even tasted massive rosemary shrubs, every possible flavor of scented geranium, pine resins, rose bushes and bitter greens.
I got the feeling that every inch of soil that COULD be used to grow something was, and that felt exciting to me. I have previously only visited Paris in cold months and this was a revelation-the riot of pollinators, the birds, the shades of green, the late summer babymakin’ flower explosion. So I’m feeling inspired, and here are a few photos for y’all:

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