Ka-bloom! (Our flower explosion)

Pretty much all of the Greater Daglan Area has exploded into bloom, thanks to some decent periods of rain and now an immense amount of sunshine.

(So, did you get “Ka-bloom!”? It’s like “Ka-boom,” only … okay, okay, you got it.)

In this posting, I’ll just show off some of the colourful flowers we’re enjoying now.

The first three photos were taken at La Plage, the café in Castelnaud, about 10 kilometres north of Daglan. My wife Jan and I often go there for a drink or a coffee, or an occasional casual lunch, and enjoy its terrace near the Dordogne River. Each year the café owners plant a huge variety of flowers around the terrace, and here are some of them.

First is this lovely mix of colourful flowers:

A nice mix of colours, dominated by deep blue spikes.

A nice mix of colours, dominated by deep blue spikes.

Here’s another nice grouping:

Sprays of bright orange flowers.

Sprays of bright orange flowers.

One of my favourites — because it’s so unusual — is this plant whose branches are covered with tiny blue-white flowers:

It's like a bunch of blue-white sprays.

It’s like a bunch of blue-white sprays.

On the home front, things are pretty bright as well. We have a planter holding this kind of flower on each side of our front steps, and they seem to be thriving:

Not sure what it is, but I like it!

Not sure what it is, but I like it!

And our ever-faithful Rose of Sharon, at the side of the house, is doing it again:

Old Faithful: our Rose of Sharon.

Old Faithful: our Rose of Sharon.

Finally, the Greater Daglan Area is now full of fields of sunflowers, which have been  growing incredibly fast and which are starting to bloom. Here’s just one example:

Now it's sunflower season.

Now it’s sunflower season.

The only question is how all the flowers will hold up in the heat wave we’re now enduring. Tomorrow (Tuesday), the forecast is for the temperature to hit 39 Celsius, which is above 100 Fahrenheit. Ouch.

 

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