Marchés Floralies, or flower markets, are a village’s celebration of spring in the form of a flower and pottery market. There have already been a few in Provence but as the weather becomes warmer the variety of plants available as well as vendors increase.
I got a bit excited at Maussane les Alpilles’ Flower market on Easter Monday. I bought all my plants and flowers for the summer perhaps a bit too soon. The tomato plants weren’t happy about being brought inside at night for a couple weeks. However, I think they’re starting to forgive me now…
Large Variety of Plants
There are many extensive garden centres here in Provence but they often stock extensive amounts of the same varieties of flowers. This is somewhat forgivable seeing as there are only certain plants that can survive in the Provençale July heat. The Floralies marchés often offer a larger variety as well as some exotic plants. Many of the sellers have grown the plants themselves in their own greenhouses. They can tell you the detailed care each plant may need.
Even if you don’t have an outdoor space to squeeze a few plants, walking along the streets of Provençale villages inundated with colourful flowers is a wonderful justification for a day out!
If you have kids, or seem to have a thing for silly farm animals like me, something to look out for is pairings of the Transhumance (more on that next week) and Floralies festivals together.