La Cressonnière: Springtime

June 3, 2011

A few months ago, I gave you a photo tour of the exterior of the farmhouse. But as you can imagine, Spring has totally transformed it. So I thought I’d show some of my favorite images of La Cressonnière in bloom. These were all taken over the last 2 months.

There are more rose bushes than I can count. Huge peony bushes too. It hasn’t rained much this year, but thankfully, that hasn’t stopped the flowers from showing their pretty faces.

 

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah June 3, 2011 at 6:10 am

what a dream! will you ever want to leave? i dont’ think a year will be enough!

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2 Design Mom June 3, 2011 at 6:28 am

It will be so hard to leave! But I’m sure the owners will want their house back at some point. : )

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3 norah June 3, 2011 at 6:19 am

Cam you even believe you are lucky enough to live there?

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4 Design Mom June 3, 2011 at 6:27 am

I have to pinch myself each day. : )

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5 Mary June 3, 2011 at 6:27 am

So very lovely. One can almost smell the flowers. Lucky you.

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6 amy June 3, 2011 at 7:00 am

Ugh! Those light pink peonies are exactly the flower we are trying to get for my sister-in-law’s wedding this month. (But we can’t find them anywhere around here!)

Want to mail me some???

(Just kidding. sort of…)

amy @ glass confetti

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7 Design Mom June 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I hope you find the perfect pink peonies, Amy. Peony season is so short here that mine are all gone. : (

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8 Heather June 3, 2011 at 7:33 am

It’s beautiful…I can almost smell the springtime loveliness looking at your photos! So, HOW long can you stay there??? (as the poster says, “Like Forever”?)

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9 Kate June 3, 2011 at 8:12 am

Roses and peonies are my absolute favorite flowers! These are just gorgeous.

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10 Melissa@Julia's Bookbag June 3, 2011 at 8:21 am

Oh these are just too amazing. Once I visited Monet’s gardens at Giverny at this time of year and these photos remind me of that visit! Yep, roses and peonies, they are the BEST! (and lilacs). You are seriously living my dream!

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11 Design Mom June 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Giverny is only about an hour from here, but we still haven’t been. I really want to go!

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12 Stephanie June 3, 2011 at 8:21 am

Are the purple ones lilacs? (I’m terrible with flower names.) They are so lush & gorgeous!

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13 Kristi June 14, 2011 at 7:11 am

If the purple ones to which you’re referring are the ones climbing on the buildings, then no, those are not lilacs; they’re wisteria, & she also pictured white wisteria. They are gorgeous!

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14 Sara June 3, 2011 at 8:27 am

Just gorgeous!!!!

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15 AmyC83 June 3, 2011 at 9:13 am

So beautiful! Do you and your husband have to do all the yard work and maintenance around the property while you live there or do the homeowners have gardners who come?

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16 Design Mom June 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm

It’s a mix, Amy. Someone comes to mow the great lawn as needed. And our landlord’s parents trimmed the hedge in early spring. Ben Blair and I try to keep up with the weeding and deadheading. We also planted a food garden and filled in some flower beds with annuals.

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17 Maria Ortiz-Cintron June 3, 2011 at 9:21 am

Oh My!! What lovely pics! My favorite is the bike in front of the window – just beautiful! What a blessing to be able to live in this lovely home. You know, I recently heard someone mention that he absolutely loved living in France. He says the kind of life you can live there is just amazing, but he didn’t go into further detail. Having spent four months there, can you elaborate on that for me. What is it about living in France that has so many raving about it? (Besides the obvious beautiful home, what are the nuances to living abroad?). Would love to know!

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18 kpriss June 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

This really is a beautiful garden to a beautiful house! Once again, chapeau!

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19 elz June 3, 2011 at 10:22 am

What is the French word for jealous? Because I am. Such a gorgeous spot. Enjoy your time there. Thanks for the images, they are loevly.

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20 Larita June 3, 2011 at 11:33 am

That wisteria is to die for! I think I would set up camp on that bench and not move all day. How do you get anything done?

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21 Design Mom June 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm

We try and eat outside whenever we get the chance — the garden is too pretty to leave!

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22 Caasi June 3, 2011 at 11:34 am

Gorgeous photos! I could only dream of my garden being that beautiful! Roses are my favorite flower… Peonies are my second. Thanks for sharing your journey in France!

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23 Mary June 3, 2011 at 11:52 am

I echo Sarah’s sentiment. It will be so hard for you to leave this beautiful house. You will just have to search for your own special place when you return to the U.S.

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24 Jennifer James June 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Simply beautiful!

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25 Debbie D June 3, 2011 at 12:21 pm

If it is even half as beautiful as the photos, it is amazing there :) Oh and you will need to go to one of the perfumers in France and see if you can come close to matching the scent so that you can always remember it!

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26 Design Mom June 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm

What a great idea, Debbie! One of the rose bushes has almost a lemon scent. It’s delicious!

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27 Dee June 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Breathtaking! I spy strawberries! Is there a fruit/vegetable garden?

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28 Design Mom June 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Hi Dee! Yes. There are lots of fruit trees — apple, cherry (almost ripe!), pear, walnut. And raspberry bushes too. And we planted a vegetable garden as well. We’re growing onions, tomatoes and peppers (we’re missing salsa these days), plus 2 kinds of pumpkins and some yellow squash.

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29 hyzen June 3, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Oh my goodness, that’s an outrageous garden (and house)! The wisteria, the garden gate…. right out of a fairy tale.

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30 Heather June 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm

All your flower pictures lately have been making me drool… too bad it is uncharacteristically cold and rainy here in CA. What a wonderful time you are having in France – your kids will never forget it!

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31 Brenda @ Piggy Giggles June 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Sigh…. wish I could get my yard to look like that!

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32 Decor Arts Now June 4, 2011 at 7:44 am

Totally dreamy. Lynn

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33 Freida June 4, 2011 at 8:10 am

I can just imagine how lovely that garden is…a real dream, plus the vegetable garden and the fruit trees! Heaven!
Have a lovely weekend (it’s raining on my side of France right now, doing a LOT of good to my garden:)
Freida

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34 Dina June 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Be still my heart, these are the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in a long time…ok, excluding my sweet baby boy! You are so lucky!

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35 Amy June 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I just wouldnt ever want to leave. This is my dream garden what a joy

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36 Neda June 5, 2011 at 4:54 am

A dream house! Are you really staying only a year? We were only supposed to live in the UK for 1 year, but we just extended for 3 more years. Can’t leave just yet!

PS: We went to Deauville during our Normandy trip and it was wonderful! Beautiful houses, shops and beach – we even brought our sand toys to play :-) It was too windy for the colorful umbrellas to be open, but they were lovely nonetheless!

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37 Lisa June 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm

You must go to Giverny @ Monet’s garden- I also went & your pics remind me of it too ! Enjoy ur stay!! I love France!

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38 Anneliese June 5, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I am gaga over your roses! My absolute favorite. Breathe in deeply!

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39 christina June 6, 2011 at 2:25 am

This place is just so perfect. And you know after these few months I can’t imagine you living anywhere else. Just look at your kiddies beaming away!

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40 Deborah June 6, 2011 at 7:01 am

I love the photo of the window with the bike, and the wisteria and the shutters and oh, it’s just so lovely!

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41 Bego June 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I love the strawberries and the smell when you take one directly of the plant.

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42 pam June 12, 2011 at 10:25 pm

i just happened to be watching house hunters international on hgtv tonight and saw you, your family, and this beautiful home! what a dream to live there. that wisteria is beautiful!! pam

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43 Kristen Duke Photography June 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

SO beautiful! Your photography looks pretty good to me;)

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44 teresa January 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I have been looking through your home pictures….be still my heart. Love the springtime pictures.

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