The entire city of Bormes-les-Mimosas is a city in bloom! In 2003, the city was awarded the Gold Medal by the Entente Florale…… This is the “Flowery Alliance of Europe,” an international horticultural competition that recognizes municipalities and villages for excellence in horticultural displays. Trophies are presented annually by tourist boards and horticultural societies of European countries in two categories: Towns (population of 5,000-30,000) and Villages ( Population of less than 5,000) Each town or village selected is visited by a Jury and an assessment is made. The competition was founded over 40 years ago, initially in Great Britain and France. The Fort de Brégancon, located inside the community of Bormes-les-Mimosas, is the official retreat for the President of the French Republic…..so you know this place has to be spiffy!
Upon arrival I set about to find a mimosa tree, only to find out they bloom in the Spring and I was here in August! But, I did learn that the Chinese believe that the bark and flowers of the mimosa (which they call the happiness tree) promote a heathy stress response. It has fernlike leaves, prickly stems and fluffy pink or yellow flowers, but it is the bark that is most often used. To make an herbal tea, simply allow the bark (a teaspoon per cup) to simmer in water for 15-20 minutes……..then strain.
Let’s look at Bormes-les-Mimosas and I think you will see why it has won the Gold Medal! Through the narrow lanes we go………
To find color and beauty everywhere!
This is probably one of my favorite doors ever! I wonder if there is a door key under that rock?
The only mimosa to be found here, for me, was in the form of a cocktail…..equal parts of cold sparkling wine with cold fresh orange juice! Here’s to you!
Have you been to a town or village that has been recognized by the Entente Florale? Let me know!
I hope you have enjoyed our little tour today!
The instructions for SOS are easy. The photos can be flowers, vegetables, a garden design, whatever, as long as it’s garden related and posted on Saturday! So, its six photos. Of Gardens. On Saturday. Easy Peasy. To see all the SOS’s look at SIX ON SATURDAY, hosted by the Propagator, to check out all of them each Saturday! See you next week!