Thursday, 23 April 2009

Wisteria week - Part one

In one Versailles street in particular, I think the owners of houses must have plotted the planting of wisteria a few years back! The perfume is wonderful and the boulevard de la République is a joy to wander down at this time of year! These, incidentally, are houses built with "meulière" stone, a siliceous sedimentary rock, typical late 19th - early 20th century building material for Paris suburbs homes.
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Dans une rue de Versailles en particulier, c'est à croire que les habitants se sont donné le mot il y a quelques années. De nombreuses maisons en meulière du boulevard de la République sont à cette époque de l'année ornées de glycines dont le parfum et la beauté font la joie des promeneurs !

24 comments:

Vogon Poet said...

Beautiful houses and 'blooming' images.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I like the look of wisteria growing up the sides of buildings. We rarely see that here though a friend is trying to get it to grow up her chimney. Wish her luck. ;-) This is so pretty.

Mike said...

Oh, these are terrific photos. I really like the frame around the top one. Growing up we had wisteria that took over the tree next to it resulting in a huge umbrella of wisteria.
It's very important to build one's house upon siliceous sedimentary rock I think.

Clueless in Boston said...

It looks very pretty. I don't know if I've ever smelled wisteria, but it must be nice to open the window and have the scent waft into the house.

Jacob said...

Truly a gorgeous house and again, your photos are magnifique!

Cezar and Léia said...

Perfect house! Lovely pictures!
Léia

Ken Mac said...

lovely!

Bob Crowe said...

A whole week of wisteria? I may swoon. Love the warmth of the stone color. This kind of building was so surprising on our first visits to Europe. Nothing like it here.

Jill said...

Just beautiful. Wish blogger have 'scratch and sniff'.

Tammie Lee said...

ummmm, the lovely cascading flowers seriously add beauty to the environment. I can almost smell them.

That is the chicken said...

oooh! I love wisteria...I had a beautiful (huge) wisteria in my garden when I lived in Europe. I miss it in Canada where our growing season is so short.

Olivier said...

ces maisons en meulieres sont vraiment tres belles, elles me rapellent mon enfance et les grandes maisons que l'on trouvait (trouve surement encore) dans l'oise profonde

Catherine said...

Comme Olivier, un souvenir d'enfance.
C'est tellement beau qu'on se demande pourquoi la glycine n'est pas utilisée plus souvent. Peut-être abime-t-elle les façades ?

Natural Moments said...

What a perfect natural accent. Reminds me of jack and the bean stalk. It makes me want to climb to the top. :)

Arnaud said...

Oui c'est vrai que c'est très sympa la glycine, mais ça necessite une taille annuelle car ça grimpe, ça grimpe ....

alice said...

Ca grimpe, ça grimpe et les branches ont une force terrible, elles peuvent tordre une grille en métal en quelques années si on les laisse s'y glisser. En attendant, quelle splendeur! Sur le ton chaud de la meulière, la couleur rend particulièrement bien, je trouve.

JM said...

These shots are absolutely lovely, especially the first! Wisteria is no longer blooming here.

bfarr said...

Great shot. Wisteria is my favorite springtime flower (and scent).

Frankie / Nick said...

Its really lovely the way the wisteria trails up the walls. Adds so much flavor and overall character. Too bad is a short seasonal flower.

m_m said...

Incredible building. It looks great, superb photos and splendid compositions!

Jackie said...

Oh what a beautiful wisteria, and stunning shot. I wish I could smell it - I love wisteria scent.

Becky said...

I love wisteria. And these buildings wear it well.

Hyde DP said...

never seen so much wisteria before - reminds me "Desparate Houswives" is on TV later!

Fabrizio - ikol22 said...

The house is splendid and the photos stunning...