Sure signs of summer

My wife and I like to keep cut flowers in the house, sometimes on our dining table, sometimes on the mantel, and sometimes on both. It’s not always possible, because the selection in local markets ranges from magnificent to mangy, depending on the season.

We had a good run of tulips earlier in the year, but they are no longer available. And yesterday we tossed out a bunch of carnations that had been on the dining table more than a week, and were looking pretty sad.

But today, at the Carrefour supermarket in Gourdon, I found some of our favourites — sunflowers. These seem like a sure sign of summer, and that fits with the weather forecast that’s calling for 30 degrees Celsius (that’s 86 degrees American) on Sunday.

And here they are, in close-up, on our table:

Sunflowers add some life to the dining table.

Sunflowers add some life to the dining table.

We’re big enough fans of sunflowers that, several years ago when we lived in Toronto, we commissioned a painting of the Tuscan town of San Gimignano and asked the artist to make sure there were lots of these flowers (tournesols in French, girasoli in Italian) in the foreground.

She complied, and our large painting of the Tuscan town now hangs on a wall in our Daglan home. So with the vase of sunflowers in the foreground, this is the current view from our dining table, looking towards the field of flowers in our painting:

Cut flowers, with painted flowers in the background.

Cut flowers, with painted flowers in the background.

Now let’s hope that we’ll start seeing sunflowers in the fields around the Greater Daglan Area soon — and also that the bright, sunny and warm weather sticks with us.

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4 Responses to Sure signs of summer

  1. Sam and Jill says:

    Towers et Fleurs, or Torres y Flores…either way, beautiful

  2. loren24250 says:

    Merci beaucoup, Sam et Jill, ou mille grazie!

  3. Keith says:

    I too like to have a flower in the house. I tend to get mine in Marks & Spencer & they last a good 3 weeks. As far as carnations are concerned, if you are expecting a visit from Her Majesty the Queen I am informed she does not like them. I trust your good weather continues for my arrival in the GDA on Tuesday.

  4. loren24250 says:

    Thanks Keith. The good news is that the weather is supposed to be quite sunny and warm for today, tomorrow and Monday. The bad news is that we’re supposed to have heavy rain on Tuesday. That’s according to Météo France, so we shall see.

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