...il y avait des glycines... That's an old Serge Lama song from the 1970s. Glycines are the French name for wisteria. We planted one a few years ago on the back wall of our house, and so far this year it is holding in place. Last year we had a wind and rain storm and the whole plant fell to earth. So we trimmed it and put it back up. It worked.
Right now the wisteria all around the Saint-Aignan area is blooming and beautiful. Yesterday afternoon I needed to go up to Contres, 10 or 12 miles north, and I enjoyed seeing many glycines in bloom along the road on houses, walls, and fences.
You might get the impression from theses pictures that the weather is warm and sunny. It is not. These three days, May 11, 12, and 13, are called « les saints de glace » in France — the days of "the saints of ice." On the weather forecasts, the presenters are telling us to expect chilly weather this weekend, and beyond. I had to turn the heat on yesterday morning, and I turned it on again a few minutes ago.
You can hear Serge Lama's classic song Les Glycines here...
The good news is that, according to the legend, it will supposedly be safe to plant tender new seedlings — tomatoes, etc. — outside in the garden this week, because the last danger of frost passes when the saints de glace are behind us. The last danger of chilly rain, however, never passes. That's a mixed blessing.