Monday, 5 July 2010

Prairie fleurie

Tour Philippe le Bel, Villeneuve les Avignon
More evidence of Villeneuve lès Avignon's attempt to replace grassy areas with wild flower prairies, this time in the small park near Philippe le Bel tower (here in the distance). With the addition of lavender hues you almost get an overdose of colour, don't you think?
Un autre exemple des essais faits à Villeneuve les Avignon pour remplacer les zones herbues par des prairies fleuries, cette fois au pied de la tour Philippe le Bel (qu'on voit ici au loin). Avec les tons violets de la lavande on arrive presque à l'overdose de couleurs, non ?

23 comments:

Owen said...

Can't get enough colors like that, to break up monotonous stretches of green... but is it ok to walk in such places ? I wouldn't want to crush the flowers ?

Olivier said...

je crois que l'on arrivera jamais a une overdose de couleur. j'adore cela donne envie de sortir se balader dans les champs (avec l'odeur de la lavande)

puddinglane said...

these photo's are so pretty and I think the lavender border sets it off beautifully - not only that imagine the pretty perfume it would create - this is where flowers should be -in a field growing as nature intended.
Dianne xx

Avignon said...

Tout cela ravit l'œil !

Chri said...

Pour l'overdose, il y a encore de la marge... Souvenons nous des longs mois de ternes gris...

jeandler said...

Il n'y aura jamais trop de fleurs ni de couleurs.
Un bel exemple appliqué à la ville.
Cela doit bourdonner en cette bonne ville!

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Nathalie said," With the addition of lavender hues you almost get an overdose of colour, don't you think?"
Oh! yes,
...As a matter of fact, I watched a classic film with my mère called Brigadoon recently, and I almost confused your lavender hues with the plants/flowers that the lead actress Cyd Charisse,(Sp) sang about in the film called heather (hues)...
...Well, she actually sang about the hills where the plants grew, but I think they are two different plants.(As I shrug my shoulders and protrude my bottom lip.)

DeeDee ;-D

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

By the way, Nathalie, your photographs are very...beautiful too!
Merci, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

Mathilde said...

Des fleurs à profusion, ce n'est jamais vraiment un problème, tu peux sans aucun souci les mitrailler pour notre plus grand plaisir !

mia said...

Wow... it's like the Garden of Eden. So lovely!!!

Jilly said...

Love the prairie. Love the lavender. But not together. A prairie should just grow naturally (as it were) out of a wild field. It doesn't work with the rigid row of lavender and then that OTT (!) blowsy oleander, or whatever it is.

yvelinoise said...

Pas évident Nathalie de saisir le fond de ta pensée quand tu parles d'overdose de couleurs à propos des lavandes. Tu veux dire que les grosses touffes violettes de la lavande écrasent un peu la légèreté multicolore des fleurs des champs ?
C'est mon impression...

J'adore tes photos des deux derniers billets, toutes ces fleurs des champs me font penser à celles qui sont en libre-service (en échange d'un peu de monnaie) à la cueillette de la ferme de Gally (dans les environs de chez moi). Je ne manque jamais d'en ramener un bouquet avec mes fruits et légumes de saison.

Nathalie said...

Yvelinoise, Je voulais juste dire que quelque fois le mieux est l'ennemi du bien, cette débauche de couleurs fait un peu Disneyland. Comme dit plus haut en anglais mon amie Jilly, la prairie fleurie et la bordure de lavande c'est bien, mais pas ensemble. Il vaudrait mieux l'un ou l'autre.

Maintenant pour les fleurs à cueillir soi-même, c'est idéal quand on n'a pas de jardin. Je suis POUR !
Profite bien de ta cueillette !

Sharon said...

That is very beautiful! I'd have a great time photographing this area.

Nathalie said...

Owen you have a point - a large number of newly weds and whole wedding parties gather in this public garden on Saturday afternoons in spring to take photos. Who would blame them, the setting is gorgeous!
Sometimes 2 and 3 couples are there at the same time, occupying various parts of the garden.

While one large lawn has been retained, this part is now out of bounds as it were, for fear of crushing the flowers - people can still walk through the alleys though and use the prairie as a background.

I think keeping a large grassy area within the garden is indispensable.

Nadege said...

Stunning!

Amy said...

I would love to have a picnic right next to these beautiful, color saturated fields. They are lovely. My allergies however...

Great photos Nathalie.

Nathalie said...

Amy - allergies and hay fever? Oh no, I feel for you!

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fardoise said...

Je trouve aussi que cela fait un peu too much!

marcel said...

j'aimerais juste faire l'amour dans cette toison de couleur.

Avignon said...

Yes !!!

Julie said...

Too much color? Never!
Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful photos of a city that I'll probably never get to see in this lifetime.

Re: the comment about crushing the flowers, a lot of seeds are propagated by people or animals passing through and carrying the seeds away with them on their clothing, shoes, etc.

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