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:
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:
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.