It has been a very long Winter in Europe and I was beginning to yearn for Spring flowers like crazy. We were in Hungary for two weeks in March/April and saw some crocuses and daffodils peeking out a bit but the on and off snowfall just froze them away, cutting short my floral excitement. So that as soon as I stumble into one or two floral display, I would photograph them right away lest they get snowed over again the next day if not drenched away by the rain. Each day, I would religiously go out of the house in search for flowers even taking long hill walks just to find them.
Here is my Spring flower diary:
April 1….Nagykaniza, Hungary
Went exploring the hills of Zala and got fascinated to see primroses practically covering the grounds.
April 2….Nagykaniza, Hungary
Found these crocuses growing randomly in the church grounds of a nearby village.
April 03…..Gelse, Hungary
On our way to visit some friends, we drove through the high hills approaching Gelse and were absolutely amazed to see this picture postcard winter wonderland scenery.
April 04….. Slovenia
We finally left Hungary and started our drive back to France. This is an orchard plantation covered in netting which we saw along the motorway in Slovenia
April 5 ….Trieste, Italy
Stopped in Trieste just for a quick tour not realizing that we will be forced to stay for four days due to the van breaking down again for the Nth time! This town bordering Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea has a lot of beautiful sights to offer including this Magnolia blooms in a park.
April 6…. Trieste, Italy
Flowers for sale along the Canale Grande.
April 07… Trieste, Italy
We went to visit the Miremare Castle grounds and my attention was always focused on the gardens searching for blooms. Unfortunately, the pots were still empty at that time, save for some succulents.
April 8….Italian Motorway
Finally back on the road on the way to France. This is an almond plantation along the Italian motorway.
April 09….Breil sur Roya, France
We have arrived home and the first thing we did was to visit Breil. These are Begonia blooms peeking out of someone’s fence.
April 10 ….Fontan, France
A quick walk along the allotment grounds behind our village and saw this bright yellow Forsythia tree creating a wonderful contrast against the blue sky.
April 11…. Breil sur Roya, France
The new leaves of the Weeping Willow tree make a lovely natural curtain along the river Roya in Breil.
April 12 – Berghe, France
Went for an after-lunch routine walk and saw this cherry blossom tree at the entrance of the village campsite. Lovely photographic opportunity!
April 13 – Latte, Italy
Have been missing the sight of the sea – the Mediterranean Sea – so we went to Latte in Italy. This is the view from a private hilltop terrace (we did not know that it is ‘Private’ and we didn’t realize we were trespassing, luckily the owners were not home.
April 13 – Latte, Italy
Still in Latte. This is the wisteria tree, one of my favorite Spring blooms.
April 14…. Fontan, France
Another of my favorite is this Lobella. They grow beautiful purple or deep blue tiny flowers that spread long and wide like a carpet.
April 15 – Fontan, France
A garden display of a neighbour: daffodils, lobella and tulips
April 16…Breil sur Roya, France
Went driving up the hill to visit the Chapelle Notre Dame du Mont des Oliviers (Chapel of Our Lady of Mount of Olives), so named because it is surrounded by hundred year old olive trees.
April 17 – Tende, France
The cherry blossoms of Tende near the Italian border.
April 18….St Dalmas de Tende, France
This fantastic lobella display becomes the center of attraction to everyone driving past this national road of St Dalmas du Tende.
April 19 – Olivetta St Michele, Italy
The beauty of our place is, it is surrounded by beautiful villages of both France and Italy. This one is St Michele, just 20 minutes from home. That’s a young cherry blossom tree on the bottom right.
April 20 – La Brigue, France
Went on a walking exercise in La Brigue, with my camera in tow, and was rewarded by this heavenly sight of a Forsythia tree.
April 21 – Fontan, France
Went to visit a neighbour and couldn’t control my shutter finger from clicking when I saw these tulips growing in his garden.
April 22….Aix en Provence, France
A long drive to Paris (12 hours) and the sight of rapeseed fields got my heart beating fast again!
April 23……Aix en Provence, France
We had to stop in Aix in search for a garage when the van was leaking copious amounts of oil again! It was actually a two-day stopover, a forced holiday, so while waiting for the van to get fixed, we went around sightseeing. This wisteria tree almost blew me away!
April 24… Aix en Provence, France
Finally, van is fixed and back on the road! It’s amazing to be driving along paradise! This is just a tiny portion of a long cherry blossoms display on the motorway.
April 25….Egly, France
Finally home in Paris! This is the tulip garden of our neighbour and I had a fun time composing some shots!
April 26….Egly, France
And my own tulip garden! See..they are so beautiful that even the aphids can’t resist!
April 27…..Egly, France
Not only good to marvel at, they even look delicious to eat! This is also a neighbour’s garden blooms…