Lillian : Wouldn't it be nice if we could spend every Spring-time in France?
Ah well, at least we can look at all our photos. And we loved the gardens at Le Musée de l’École de Nancy so much that we went back the following day to spend more time admiring all the flowers.
Lilac - Lilas in French. This just doesn't grow in Sydney Australia - it is hard to believe how scented the flowers are - and the variety of colours.
Audrey : It makes a cute head-dress or ear-muffs too.
Lillian : Our people do grow Spanish Bluebells in Sydney. These bluebells (jacinthe des bois) were a very pretty mauve, nearly pink.
Audrey : It gets a bit confusing with lilac that is white and bluebells that are mauve ...
but weren't the tree peonies amazing!
Audrey : Those flowers were so large - bigger even than our heads!
Lillian : I liked this dark red peony - the French name for a peony is pivoine.
Lillian : Thank you, that's very sweet.
Lillian : A lot of the plants in the garden of the museum are those that inspired the Art Nouveau artists of l’École de Nancy.
Lovely white flowers - we think they are a wild columbine or Aquilegia (ancolie in French) they were beautifully placed in front of a screen with fabulous red poppies (pavot).
Audrey : Art Nouveau artists and craftspeople were very fond of poppies.
Fern fronds are also a reoccurring motif in Nancy's Art Nouveau.
Lillian : Our people thought that perhaps this bush with all the white flowers was the ombelliféres that is another favourite motif for artists like Emile Gallé.
Audrey : Lucky for me that it was not the Ombrelles - because it seems that the flowers those people liked so much was probably giant hogweed a very nasty plant indeed! (but please let us know if we have that wrong - and the Ombrelles were some other flower)
Lillian : A Japanese Maple with wonderful purplish leaves.
Lillian : Here we are under a Magnolia tree.
And our tour-manager helping us to pose for the camera.
Audrey : I think we'll have to save our photos of the buildings and things that are in the grounds of the Musée de l’École de Nancy for our next post - because this one is so full of photos already.
Lillian : Well, it is hard to resist sharing photos of flowers like this massive & beautiful pink peony flower.