Tuesday, October 4, 2011

French Flowers


Is there anything more wonderful than stumbling out of your hotel room to wander the Saturday markets on the streets of Strasbourg?!






Well I suppose it would be better if you could do it every Saturday, instead of once every 5 years or so.

These pictures are pretty much straight out of the camera except for lightening a few of them, but none of them have had their hue and saturation levels altered.






The closest I normally get to something like this is when I visit Whole Foods every few weeks and wander around their beautiful flower department.






Which isn't really quite the same as having vendors meticulously displaying their wares on a sunny Saturday morning in northern France.






Creating beautiful vignettes that make you want to buy one of everything, or if you don't have a place to put one of everything, snapping a bunch of photos so that you can drink it all in even after you return home.






There are fresh cut stems you can arrange yourself, or dainty little bouquets to take home and enjoy...or maybe give to a friend.






I would like to be the friend who receives a gift of french flowers.






Perhaps a fall bouquet with russet leaves and some flower I don't know the name of.






Or a little zinc container filled with a single rose, hydrangea, and berries.






It doesn't really matter which ones you select since they are all so lovely and elegantly displayed.







Even pansies look a little more special at the flower market.  

Do you have a flower market like this in your town?  If so, please make up the guest bed for me and leave a light on...I might never leave!

25 comments:

  1. I would love to the recipient of a french flower bouquet also. Your photos are beautiful!

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  2. We do something very wrong in the U. S. not to have flower markets like the Europeans. The hydrangea wreaths are stunning. Do you remember the price? Is that a touch of moss? Can't tell for sure.

    Lovely post.

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  3. WOW! And I just wanted to go to Walmart this afternoon and get a pot of mums! Your photos make that look lame! What a beautiful array of blooms! ♥

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  4. No, we don't have a flower market here either. I sure wish we did. What wonderful flowers and all that color. Look at all those sunflowers. I saw them in the grocery store one week and then they were gone. Only time I have seen flowers like this was in Seattle. They do have a wonderful market there.

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  5. Calgon take me away these are gorgeous photos of the flowers there. We have a market downtown but I don't ever recall seeing any flowers as lovely as these... Just da bomb, Kat!

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  6. Gorgeous flowers and such beautiful displays. Lucky you to have captured all those memories. We have farmer's markets with a booth or two of flowers, but certainly not to that extent that I have seen.

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  7. Such pretty flowers, I would be in awe and stand around looking like the country bumpkin I am.

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  8. Kat, all those gorgeous flowers.What a lovely break you must have enjoyed. I love Canterbury Bells - I must buy a packet of seeds in the Spring.

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  9. Gorgeous photos! You lucky girl you!
    Brenda

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  10. OH so pretty! I just love the look of these wonderful flowers and bouquets...your photos are gorgeous...almost like being there! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. That first photo is an artichoke! I knew that artichokes were flowers, but I had no idea what they looked like. The hydrangea wreaths hanging on the grey doors are gorgeous!!!

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  12. Lovely photographs! I love the mix of all the flowers. I bet is smells heavenly!

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  13. I can only imagine how great that market smelled too. Your pictures are lovely. I had to laugh at what you said about walking through Whole Foods in their flower dept. I feel the same way. ha! Only, now you can say you've been to a real french flower market while the rest of us have to buy signs to hang in our houses making us think we have.

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  14. Be still, my heart!
    That's some seriously
    lovely eye candy!
    xx Suzanne

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  15. Kat son was there for a few days for honeymoon and took pictures also.......he's been over several times and always takes pictures of the flower mkt for me.....i think you 2 may have crossed paths he was there 2 weeks i think you may have been there the last few days of there honeymoon.....enjoyed your pic's and for mkts well got 1 on sat that has a few stands but normally i have to shop at grocery store for a bundle of fresh flowers....have a good week!!!

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  16. Are any of them edible...'cause I sure want to just eat 'em up. Beautiful images and the colors...wow!
    Deb

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  17. These are all gorgeous!! That would be so amazing to walk down the streets and see all that beautiful color. We have market but nothing like this.
    Have a great day!
    xo

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  18. Your header is beautiful... and I LOVE the hydrangea wreaths!.... no, no flower markets around here.

    I was sitting in a doctors office recently, Kat, when I picked up a magazine and read one of your articles... about a house out in California... very unique.. had a view of vineyards. Loved seeing your name there...

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  19. Just gorgeous!!! I would be in seventh heaven if I woke up and walked outside to this flower market!! Just gorgeous hydrangea wreaths hanging on that gray weathered cupboard!

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  20. Completely swooning over here Kat! Great inspiration, thanks, I really needed it today. xo ~Lili

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  21. Thanks for sharing this beautiful open flower market, wish we did have one here.

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  22. OH MY!! Gorgeous beyond belief, Kat! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos...the colours are amazing! I can almost smell those beautiful flowers through my screen:) Happy weekend ahead, lovely you ~ xx

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  23. Stunning flower show...beautiful photography!

    Jermaine

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  24. Oh my, isn't that a heavenly place? I noticed those wreaths in an earlier photo, thanks for showing a close up...such beauty! I could live on the street...if it was that one.

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