Another Parisian stop that was recommended by friends: garden shops along the Seine, just a skip down from the Louvre and a skip up from Notre-Dame.
Can you even wrap your head around the idea that a bit of prime river-front real estate would be occupied by plant stores? I couldn't, and I first tried to find them a couple blocks further back, my notes couldn't possibly be right?
But no! There they were, right next to the river. With plants!
And "erect" ivy...
See!?... I do not make this stuff up.
This place was closed. Too bad, they had possibilities.
But then there was Vilmorin: "Today, nearly 273 years later, the Vilmorin store is still in the same place, with the same desire to perpetuate the spirit of service and passion of the garden in the heart of Paris" Seriously! (source)
Two hundred and seventy three years!? Hell, Portland is only 167 years old, having been incorporated on February 8, 1851. This store is over 100 years older than my city...
I'm not sure I can really comprehend.
The plants on the sidewalk were fun to peruse, but inside was even more interesting.
There were lots and lots of containers.
A ton of different types of soil and soil amendments.
A twine selection like I've never seen.
And seeds. OH MY GOD THE SEEDS!
Passionflower being sold as much for its fruit as its flower.
Looks like that guy has a painful back, poor fellow.
I couldn't resist, this packet of Tajinaste rojo came home with me. I suck at seeds but I'm really gonna try to make these happen. Send me all the positive seed vibes that you can (and check out this blog if you want to see some great photos of this plant).
Seed pucks, ha!
I can't help but wonder how much sucess people have with some of these...
I guess they're definitely in it for the long haul.
Back outside there was a palm! Chamaerops humilis
In another shop just down the boulevard...holy Opuntia fruit! More fruit than pads, how is that even possible?
Sweet! A favorite of mine...
Same stupid name in France though.
Finally we ended the stretch of plant shops and needed to go find a cafe and have a glass of vino!
Pretty fabulous though...
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