“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.
–Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway is right! Spring is the only season of the year where I am happiest! Something in those dainty and delicate tulips make my heart sing and I just can’t get enough of them.
But as Spring doesn’t last long – it disappears quickly just as it comes so suddenly – I need to luxuriate in more of its floral pleasures and where else to start but at my favorite park and probably the most beautiful park in Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg!
“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone.” – Marianne Williamson
Who cannot be poetic upon setting one’s sight to a tulip display like this?
Am I in Eden?
No, I’m still in the city…of Paris!
At Jardin du Luxembourg, you don’t only go there to enjoy the flowers, there are also a lot of interesting statues to discover!
This is the bronze smaller version of the Statue of Liberty which was used by Auguste Bartholdi to serve as model for the bigger one that was shipped to New York.
The Oak tree next to it was planted in 2002 by the American Community living in France as a memorial to the victims of 9/11.
The inscription on the plaque next to the statue says:
Freedom lighting the world
At the occasion of the 1900 Universal Exposition, the sculptor Auguste Bartholdi offered to the Museum de Luxembourg the bronze model which served to realized the statue of Liberty in New York. This statue has been placed in 1906 in the garden.
Auguste Bartholdi, 1889
A bed of fuschia-coloured tulips makes a delightful floral stage for La Faune Dansant (the Dancing Faun). This sculpture of a virile boy playing a flute and dancing on a sack of wine was inspired by a statue unearthed in Pompei and since put on display at the Museum of Naples in Italy.
– by Eugène Louis Lequesne, 1850
And whoever thought that white tulips would make a perfect floral bedding for l’Acteur Grec (The Greek Actor)! I love it!
The statue is shown rehearsing his lines from a parchment. A mask drawn over his head signifies that he is an actor.
– by Charles-Arthur Bourgeois, 1868
These white tulips and blue miniature flowers make a truly romantic setting for the wedding couple in the mid-ground.
A lovely palette of colours frame this bust of Frederic Chopin.
Sculpted by Boleslaw Syrewicz, it is a gift of Poland to France, replacing the original bust made by George Dubois in 1900 which was removed during the Nazi occupation of Paris. This newer version was inaugurated in 1999.
The Medici vases that change flower displays according to the season. Seen here are geraniums. Last autumn, they were the gold coloured chrysanthenums!
Red showers of Spring!
A lot of matured and unique trees also inhabit the gardens!
And it’s a favorite hangout for everyone!
But alas! I came across this group of gardeners who were pulling out the tulips. Might it be too soon to remove them, Messieurs? I know you want to replace them with summery blooms but look, they are still looking great….
Hmmmm… I could only scream in silence watching them uproot the reason of my happiness (see Ernest Hemingway’s quote at the beginning of this post).
Could Spring be going that soon?
Oh well, I’m glad I came just at the right day! If I came a day later, this post won’t have any photos of tulips!
And to say it again, “I’m glad I came at the right day!” Because I actually asked the same gardeners if I can take home even one of the uprooted plants and they gladly said “oui!”
And so, this pink flowered plant has ended in my garden…. and it’s still blooming strong after nearly a week since I transplanted it in my yard!
o – o – o – o
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.”
– Alfred Tennyson
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