I read recently that there are more than four hundred public parks and gardens in Paris. Because very few people have a private gardens the public parks become a place for day time socialising, a place to meet up with friends. In summer if the weather is good and you go to your local park, there is a nearly 100% chance that you and your kids will meet somebody you know. We are very lucky in that our local park is pretty big by Paris standards. The gardeners do an amazing job. The planting changes throughout the year with a constant array of flowers blooming at different times of the year.
There was a time not so long ago when a trip to the park meant trailing after a small child making sure they didn't eat sand or topple off the climbing frame. Now the kids are older I have more time to look around me. Lately I've been noticing the Paris roses. Beautiful roses. Here is one we grew on our balcony. The plant which I got a few years ago only produced one flower. But what a flower!
The same rose a week later in the rain.
Here is a perfect rosebuds just below the Sacré Cœur.
The same rosebush.
A perfect pink rose in the park on Avenue Junot.
I saw this rose in the gardens of the Église St Pierre de Montmartre. It looks like artfully scrunched up tissue paper.
Red roses in the Montmartre vineyard.
An old fashioned pink rose in the gardens of the Musée de Montmartre.
Last but not least, red roses with an attractive back drop.
You can see some more photos of Paris flowers in bbonthebrink's flickr set 'Nature in the City of Light'