Upper Sûre Nature Park in the northwest of the country, which we haven't visited yet. There is just something about being by the sea with sand between the toes and wind in the hair. When we lived in Antwerp it only took us an hour to drive to the Belgian seaside or to a beach somewhere in Holland, but I cannot complain because now we have a garden.
When the peonies are in season they are usually the only flowers I think about. This year it was different and the reason was probably the much colder spring we enjoyed. Honestly, I wasn't really feeling the peonies this year and instead I found myself drawn to blue or purple flowers, mainly irises, and I have already told you about my lavender obsession. Mine isn't blooming yet but I think it survived my propagation. The beauty about a plant like lavender is that you don't need a garden. Just visit your local flower shop and buy potted lavender and keep it on your balcony or indoors in a sunny window. The scent is divine.
Are you familiar with verbena? I have never kept a verbena, I'm only aware of the uplifting qualities of its essential oil, and after finding the photo to the right I think I'm ready for my own plant. It looks so pretty. The flower to the left is a potted scaevola, just as pretty.
I don't know how it is in other corners of the world but if you go to a farmers' market or a flower market around here you will see people carrying the classic French market baskets. They come in various sizes and styles and are very useful - perfect for the beach. Quite recently I found the website of Medina and saw that they carry a range of market baskets. Yesterday I found anther website that has plenty of French woven baskets, handmade in Morocco. I just added the links to give you ideas.
I like the idea of having all kinds of woven items and bringing them to the beach or taking them with you if you are going on a picnic.
1: Nuevo Estilo / 2: Lovely Leaf Studio via Style Me Pretty / 3-4: William P. Steel for Country Living / 5: Aina of Modern Country blog / 6-7: Anders Schønnemann Photography / 8: Terry Richardson for H&M Summer 2013 ad campaign | model: Doutzen Kroes / 9: Mattias Olsson via Condé Nast Traveler (Playa Mambo, Tulum, Mexico)