The Queen Elizabeth II Flower Market was on my list of "must see" destinations during our trip to Paris. I knew it was close to Notre Dame, and thus our hotel, but I had no idea we'd walk right by it on our first stroll the morning we arrived.
But to the market! From Travel Paris: "The Flower Market or Marché aux Fleurs has been held since 1808 on Place Lépine, on the Ile de la Cité. It was renamed Marché aux Fleurs - Reine Elizabeth II on June 7, 2014, when the Queen of England came to France for the D-Day's 70th anniversary commemorations. A series of Art Nouveau metal pavilions, built in 1900 along the U-shaped Allée Célestion Hennion, house this picturesque and colourful market. The market offers an impressive choice of flowers, plants and shrubs indigenous to Western Europe, but also tropical plants and flowers. It is open everyday of the week from 8am to 7.30pm except on Sundays. On that day, it indeed gives way to the Marché aux Oiseaux - Bird Market"
Since our visit was in January several of the stalls were closed. However my friends Mark and Gaz just popped by last weekend and shared colorful photos here, a previous visit of theirs is detailed here.
Now that I think about it I didn't see any cut-flowers in the market. I wonder if that's a seasonal thing? January not being the best time? Then again if you remember my post about all the wonderful flower shops I did run across they certainly were to be found elsewhere.
I should also mention Marché aux Fleurs - Reine Elizabeth II is different from the shops I profiled in this post — what can I say, Parisians are plant people! And there was no shortage of plants.
This truck passed by and got me wondering about the hummingbird pictured on the side. While she was in Portland, for the Garden Bloggers Fling in 2014, Lisa Calle (descubriendo hojas) mentioned there were no hummingbirds in Europe. Perhaps this is a hummingbird hawkmoth?
The sweet little dog enjoyed keeping track of who was in his booth.
Extra storage, on the roof!
Perhaps things from last season?
Who needs a tag with photos of the fruit when you've got the real thing?
I should have looked at the price on the palm.
Which I noted was 62 Euro, but those flowers!
The foliage isn't bad either...
Lots of Loquats in Paris.
And this bed-head Yucca...
I saw a few of these floppy leaved guys, Yucca rostrata? Or something else? (no label)
So many cactus!
These cool wall planters were in a shop that forbid photos.
They come from the Flower Box Store.
I may have accidentally taken one photo inside too, they were just so well planted! I should have tried to get one home.
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