Each time we go to our local market on a Saturday we pass a magnificent garden full of special trees, flowers and vegetables. The yearly highlight comes in autumn when Madame proudly displays her pumpkins. Not just pumpkins but AWESOME pumpkins that is! Until last week she was a stranger shrouded in horticultural mist(ery) but this year I decided to buy some of her produce, so I went and rang the door bell. Out came a most delightful, elegant lady in her seventies to welcome us. She offered to show us around and of course we happily accepted, ignoring the fact that our shoes weren’t water-proof but what the heck, who cares about sodden shoes when surrounded by the marvels of the world?! Needless to say it was a revelation. Everything seems happy and grows so abundantly. You only have to look at the pumpkin display which made me secretly check her borders for a hidden bottle of Asterix magic potion. 😉 I also spotted the budgies that made it into my vase today. My clever friends, no doubt you know the plant that produces these „budgies“, no? In French it’s called „Herbe aux perruches“ which translates „budgie plant“. It’s so funny, makes me laugh every time I pass by. As you can see there’s an older budgie among them. „Birds of one feather flock together“, my English teacher wrote into my little friendship book when I was a kid…and so it is! Thanks to Cathy for hosting the inspirational In a vase on a Monday! Happy Monday everyone 🙂      Ah, almost forgot to tell you, it’s the seedhead of Asclepias syriaca, a vigorously spreading perennial which is beloved by insects.

Madame’s Pumpkin Harvest

The Budgie Club

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