It's Springtime - the garden is loving our April showers -
- when I was out shopping - couldn't resist picking up a beautiful bunch of jewel tone purple tulips - reminded me so much of sunny days, Easter holidays, and bright green new growth on plants everywhere. They were just beautiful ... so home they came ... but the next morning ....
Oh no, I forgot! Tulip stems keep growing even after they've been cut, and pretty soon ... Floppy flowers!
No problem, I'd forgotten to give my tulips a little shot of vodka that stunts their growth and keeps them happily upright in the vase. I'll add it now, and the tulips will soon be standing straight and tall, in a state of intoxicated delight.
Problem again ... no Vodka! Will some ancient Southern Comfort that I found in the bottom of the cupboard work? I was about to venture into the world of taste preferences of alcohol loving flora!
Mmmm .. it's been a whole 24 hours and only 3 out of 10 stood up ... not looking good...
Wonder if they would prefer Gin? Guess it might help... a good teaspoon of gin administered ... fingers crossed...
Several hours later ... only 4 more saggy blooms have woken up - better give them some more time
Not working ... but at least they're only marginally worse ... time to get some new flowers ... and Vodka!
New tulips swimming in their Vodka bath ... will check them in a day or so ...
1 day and counting ... they've grown just a little bit, but still standing up - so far so good!
3 days! How can you quarrel with happy flowers?
Yes! Vodka still works! The Lesson? It's Conclusive! 100% of tulips like Vodka, only 30% like Southern Comfort and 70% like Gin : -))
If it took two teaspoons of Vodka to stunt the growth of twenty tulips ... how much vodka do you think this field of tulips growing between Sablet and Jonquieres would consume?
Our Vacation Rental Homes in Sablet, Provence
- Sablet Village, Vaucluse, Provence, France
- Maison des Pelerins and La Baume des Pelerins, or "les Pelerins" as we affectionately refer to our dream come true, of owning our own homes in Provence, are located in the heart of the Vaucluse. We thoroughly enjoy hearing from our guests to "les Pelerins" that they feel they are spending time in their own home in Provence. To be a part of village life, Sablet is the perfect place. "Les Pelerins" dates back to the time when the Popes administered the Catholic Church from Avignon, with a Papal Vice-Legat having a residence right here in Sablet. Our neighbor's home was the Vice-Legat's residence. Ours was one of the buildings that housed visitors and pilgrims and was connected to it, as we can see from the internal portals, and the front door of Maison des Pelerins. Hence the name - Pelerins is French for pilgrims. I hope this Blog will help you get to know Provence and live your Provencal Dream.