Thursday Miscellany: Les Délices du Printemps

French lavender grows well in Southern California, and doesn't need a lot of water. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Dans le jardin…

The lavender in our front yard is quite happy! And the bees love it too. Many varieties of lavender do quite well here in Southern California, with the added benefit of not requiring a lot of water.

Southern California landscaping with lavender. Drought resistant and good for the bees! Details at une femme d'un certain age.

From France, With Love

My Stylish French Box for May has a blue & white theme. Details and order info at une femme d'un certain age.

Orders are now open for My Stylish French Box for May! The theme of this collection will be “Blue & White” and as always will feature unique French gifts, hand selected by Sharon Santoni. (Click HERE to see contents of February’s fabulous Paris-themed box.)

My Stylish French Box has a blue & white theme for May. Details and order information at une femme d'un certain age.

These boxes make lovely gifts for birthdays, housewarmings, Mothers’ Day…or for anyone who loves French decor and lifestyle.

And speaking of French lifestyle, did you know that Sharon now publishes a bi-monthly digital magazine? My French Country Home is available on your laptop, or you can download the Apple or Android app. My good friend Tish Jett is a regular contributor, sharing her expertise on French style, beauty and joie de vivre! Subscribe here.

Petite Bijoux

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French Kande has just launched their FK Petite collection! These pieces are for those who prefer more delicate styles, but with the same quality and French attitude as their regular line. They’re offered at a gentler price point, too.

What delights you most about Spring?

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  1. I wish we could buy in the US, the espridilles from Europe, they come in many styles and colors, and are very inexpensive compared to here. I’ve wondered for years why we don’t have them.

    1. Try La Manual Alpargatera, Just got back from Barcelona, and this old shop still makes them by hand. I ran into a lady who said that she has to come home to Barcelona every year from the states to replace last year’s pairs. They now ship to the states.

  2. So lovely to see your lavendar in bloom! Here on the Central Coast (California), our lavendar is just waking from a long wet and cold winter. Thank you for a delightful ode to Spring!

  3. I’ve had my little lavender bush for three or four years now. Of course, right now she is living indoors, in my home office, but with luck I’ll move her outside to one of the balconies, along with other faithful plants. She was a wee plant and my plant vendor gave her to me; probably because he simply had too many left over at the end of season, but I’ve taken care of her and she rewards me with her lovely fragrance.

    La lavande also grows up here, in the countryside between Montréal and Vermont, though I doubt that it winters over. Eileen, I agree about espadrilles. In southern France and Spain, they can be made to measure for a reasonable price. Remember that over there, men wear them as much as women do, and they look very sexy – not just the young men.