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One of the reasons I love Alsace

There are flowers everywhere.

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  • Wendy May 6, 2006, 9:03 am

    Yes yes yes..I agree…I get so distracted when I am driving, by all the flowers around. Beautiful.

  • carra May 6, 2006, 3:43 pm

    I think it’s one of the reasons I am falling in Love With France! Everytime when I am not driving I look at the flowers on the roundabouts, hanging baskets on the lamp-posts it’s a beautiful thing about France – a healthy overdoze of flowers!

  • Pumpkin May 6, 2006, 8:23 pm

    Carra, I like that…a healthy over dose of flowers.

    Wendy, that is why it is good I don’t drive because I adore flowers!

  • thomas May 7, 2006, 1:23 am


    that is my town..yaya sooo proud it is a four flowers city :)))))

  • Pumpkin May 7, 2006, 8:11 am

    Thomas, My husband has told me that the south is very beautiful and some day he wants to show me. We would love to live in the south away from the snow. I hate winters in Alsace because I hate snow. However, the Vosges powered with snow is one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen.

    Alsace is full of four flower villages and cities. I am not sure why Strasbourg doesn’t participate. If it did four flowers wouldn’t be a problem. ;)

    I like the idea of a classifying cities by flowers but it isn’t fair always…your city looks like a four flower city. However, I have seen cities in Lorraine that have three or four flowers that would have no or maybe one flower here in Alsace. So, I am not sure if they give flowers based on criteria set by the region or all of France. Do you?

  • mothergoosemouse May 7, 2006, 2:43 pm

    So beautiful. I have to sprinkle coffee grounds on my tulips to keep the rabbits away – it’s not working very well.

    I would have loved to visit France when the flowers were blooming – it was too early in the season.

  • thomas May 7, 2006, 4:51 pm

    Well I am sure that there is a critera of size…bigger cities=more money…but here is what I found… in french, sorry

    L’attribution du label Ville Fleurie ou Village Fleuri s’effectue selon une charte précise basée sur deux
    séries de critères.
    -Le cadre végétal de la commune (arbres, arbustes, fleurs) compte pour 55% de la note finale.
    -Les efforts faits par la commune pour améliorer le cadre de vie comptent pour 45% (propreté, respect
    de l’environnement, embellissement du cadre bâti, maîtrise de la publicité, actions d’animation, de
    sensibilisation et de participation des habitants au fleurissement).

    Que regarde le Jury lorsqu’il visite une commune :
    -La répartition des aménagements paysagers sur l’ensemble du territoire communal.
    -L’adaptation et l’intégration des aménagements aux contraintes du site et à l’environnement de la commune.
    -La priorité accordée aux plantations en pleine terre.
    -La diversité dans les choix des végétaux.
    -La recherche dans les compositions et les harmonies de couleurs, de volumes.
    -La qualité et l’entretien des végétaux.
    -Le respect et la valorisation des spécificités régionales.
    -Les efforts d’aménagement tout au long de l’année.
    -La gestion de l’aménagement : plan vert, plan de gestion du patrimoine arboré, de l’arrosage, …
    -La gestion des pratiques environnementales : assainissement, collecte sélective des déchets, lutte biologique
    intégrée, utilisation raisonnée des engrais et désherbants, protection et aménagement des sites naturels…
    -La qualité de l’entretien du bâti et de l’environnement urbain.
    -L’articulation du fleurissement avec la politique globale d’aménagement de la commune.
    -La coordination entre les différents services intervenants sur l’aménagement (service des espaces verts, de la
    voirie, de l’urbanisme et de la communication).
    -La concertation avec les usagers et les habitants.
    -La sensibilisation et la concertation avec des organismes propriétaires du foncier (organismes logeurs, SNCF,
    Direction Départementale de l’Equipement…).
    -La mise en place d’actions pédagogiques et sociales (écoles, jardins familiaux, formations…).
    Pour chaque commune, le Jury tient compte de la dimension du territoire, de sa population et de ses
    spécificités, ainsi que de sa date de passage et des conditions climatiques.
    Pour obtenir les Quatre Fleurs ou le Grand Prix, les communes doivent présenter un fleurissement
    exceptionnel intégré dans une politique globale d’aménagement.

  • kim May 8, 2006, 7:59 am

    I see my beloved frog has been bored while I was away babysitting:) *sigh* I love that guy so much:) I didn’t realize it was him till I clicked on the ‘thomas’ :)
    I love the little gates too protecting the flowers behind them:)

  • Pumpkin May 8, 2006, 8:10 am

    Thomas, thank you very much….I have searched for it in English but couldn’t find it. I can read French pretty well so I was able to understand. You are a big sweetheart!

    Mothergoosemouse, Next time come in May..the tickets are still cheaper and the flowers are starting…if you come by the end of June or beginning of July the flowers are all out and it is still not too hot to enjoy them.

  • Pumpkin May 8, 2006, 8:14 am

    Kim, there are such gates and fences all over France. I am in love with the houses with the shutters and slate roofs as well as all the decor found on buildings such as statues, paintings or simply the design. French architecture (just not the old towers) is really beautiful and diverse. I like it because the buildings seem to fit in with the other houses and buildings while balancing with nature too. France is a country where harmony is very important. I think that is why I feel so calm here. France is zen.

  • Wendy May 8, 2006, 10:19 am

    If you agree – I’d like to do a guest post next week (18 May) for thinking Thursday, on being different, and how society likes conformity etc etc..I can email it to you for approval first..let me know

  • carra May 8, 2006, 10:31 am

    I think the flowers was the first thing that made me fall in love with France! I remember coming to Britanny on the second of June 2003 and seeing all those beautiful flower baskets and cute little decorated roundabouts, that was the first thing I loved that is the thing I will love about France!

  • Pumpkin May 8, 2006, 11:48 am

    Wendy, I would be honored to have you as a guest. Yes, just email me the post and I will post it for you on Thursday. I am looking forward to reading it. Interesting topic! Anytime you want to do it let me know.

    Everyone is welcome to participate as an author on Thinking Thursdays. I wish I had thought of having guest posts a long time ago.

    Carra, I love decorated roundabouts! I need to take pictures of some and post on my photoblog or here to share. I am in such a fabulous mood lately because of the weather and the flowers. We went out yesterday and explored some ruins of castles. I love touching the stones that men and women from the medieval ages called home. My husband and I stood looking at the crumbling towers trying to decide how it looked long ago. Where were the rooms and the passages…it was fun. Of course the girls loved it..castles equal princessses!

  • jbean May 8, 2006, 1:35 pm

    I love the flowers , so pretty , spring time is one of my favorite times of the year , I like the France flag it reminds me of the American flag , which has the same color , red white and blue , great colors. America we are lucky we have stripes and stars on our flag so great we stand , i I love you daughter , my little American baby love you mom

  • roland May 8, 2006, 4:30 pm

    I’m affraid to say that I am more interested by the ironwork than by the flowers….. may be it’s because I’m a blacksmith!….if I was a gardener

    I live near the french riviera and it’s true that it’s in May it’s heaven on earth . dear Pumpkin even if it’s far from Alsace you have to go south and see this by you eyes .

    PS: if you like what Vauban have built you may like this too
    I visit this castle 2 weeks ago and i was realy impressed .

  • Pumpkin May 8, 2006, 4:39 pm

    I loved the ironwork as well. Ever since I was a girl I loved old iron fences. It is hard to find them in Ohio now because most have been ripped out and replaced with newer and in most cases ugly fences ;)

    You have a wonderful trade. It is an art.

    My husband and I dream of going south with our children to visit. He has fond memories of childhood vacations spent in the south of France.

    That castle is awesome! I want to go see it too. I love castles. I love history. This is one of the many reasons I love my new country; France.

  • Pumpkin May 8, 2006, 5:04 pm

    Mom (Jbean), I put the French flag on top of my blog in respect for May 8th which is the day that France celebrates victory over the Nazis. If you would email me a nice pic of an America flag I will happily place it at the top of my blog on July 4th. :)

  • mothergoosemouse May 9, 2006, 12:36 am

    Pumpkin, thanks for the recommendation!

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