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Stunning Tulips a Reason to Visit Provence in the Spring

My photo is of tulips in the Vaucluse putting on a dazzling display near Jonquieres last spring. One of the highlights of our sojourns in Provence is the different flowers through the seasons. In the spring, you can see cherry orchards in bloom in April and early May around the Plus Beaux Village of Venasque, which is a great place for lunch.

Back in 2010, I was surprised to discover fields of tulips growing near Violes, a small village near Sablet. I was surprised because we had never seen fields of tulips or read about them in any of the various guidebooks I have perused over the years. Continue reading here for the original post and beautiful photos on Our House in Provence.


Flowers in Provence

One of the many surprises about Provence is the flowers that bloom throughout the entire year in the region. The mild Mediterranean climate creates a suitable environment for flowering trees and bushes starting in late January most years. Below is a list by month of the typical blooms that you might see when you visit. Of course, Mother Nature often has something to say about the exact timing.


Almond Trees (later in the month)
Mimosa (later in the month)


Almond Trees
Pear Trees (late in the month)


Mimosa (nearing the end of their season)
Pear Trees
Cherry Trees (late in the month)
Plum Trees (late in the month)
Peach Trees (late in the month)
Apricot Trees (late in the month)


Poppies (some early blooms)
Cherry Trees
Plum Trees
Peach Trees
Apricot Trees


Olive Trees


Spanish Broom
Lavender (towards the end of the month)
Poppies (faded to pink)
Chicory flowers


Thistles (purple)
Fennel flowers


Sunflowers (until mid-month)
Zucchini flowers


Wild Arugula
Morning Glory
Zucchini flowers


Saffron Crocus
Wild Arugula


Saffron Crocus
Taking a break.


Getting ready for the holidays.


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Michel and Shirley

Michel and Shirley, live in wine country, in Windsor, California. They have a full family with two beautiful daughters and five amazing grandchildren. Michel's day job is as CEO of Chancellor Health Care, a company which provides housing and services to older adults.

Previously a co-owner of a popular French bistro called Bistro des Copains located in Western Sonoma County California. The Bistro was closed in early 2015, after nine years!

In 2008, after searching for years and visiting many houses they bought a 17th century stone village house in the medieval village of Sablet which is in the Vaucluse region of Provence France.

Please read about the Sablet House (available for rent) and follow their blog Our House in Provence.

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