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Monday, May 05, 2014


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Eileen deCamp

Hi Kristin,
I was a little perplexed when I received the cancellation email this morning. I thought maybe it was because you stopped Cinema Verite or maybe you were stopping your blog. I was thinking we were all going to be surprised and sad with a FWAD Au Revoir! Thanks for clearing that up! :-)

Kristin Espinasse

Eileen, yours was the last automatic donation I unsubscribed--but not without an appreciative wink when hitting the button! Thank you for all of your support!

Annette Heath

The picture is a pure delight...sugar snap peas and muguet de bois, most lovely, little, fragrant flowers that are the flower of May! I have always loved them and it may have something to do with my May birthday which I share with Max. They aren't easy to grow here and are considered rare. I recently inquired of a florist about the cost of a bridal bouquet of them. She said about $300. or more. (They were the entire bouquet of Kate Middleton.) So your photo is divine. I have access to amazing fresh vegetables, but no sugar snap peas as yet, and certainly the muguet de bois are sorely missing. My Mother had some in her garden in shade, and I recall her saying they need some shade. P.S. Nobody would notice smudges on the pot when the photo is so beautiful!

Leslie in Oregon

It is a wonderful photograph, Kristin... two of the best delights of May! I have fond memories of giving a posey of Muguet des Bois to my Swiss host/mother each May 1, when I was an exchange student in Neuchatel and then in Lausanne. To echo Annette above, be sure to find a spot for your plants that is in at least partial shade, and water them generously. (They loved a shady, moist spot under the wide eaves of my last home.) Coincidentally, I am on my way to find some Muguet des Bois at local nurseries, to plant next to my Bleeding Heart.
Thank you for the opportunity to contribute in some small way to your blog, Leslie

Sarah LaBelle near Chicago

Lily of the valley spread wonderfully when they are happy in the soil and the sunlight. At my first house with a yard, I decided to pull our everything else in one patch where the lily of the valley were spreading on their own. It was fantastic when they all came in bloom. Their leaves do fade earlier than fall, or did in my garden. I think I put some annuals after they faded.

So many friends thought of them as weeds! Such a relative term. Now I love to pick them at peak bloom for small vases I collected for such short flowers.

Where I live now, they do well under some tall trees, but do get sun at some hours of the day. They get no care, live from rain only.


I love lilies of the valley! I have tried several times unsuccessfully to grow them here! I think it is just too hot. But, I keep hoping I'll find a spot where they will survive. I won't give up hope until I have tried every shady/partial shady spot here! :)

Kate Zeller

Just wanted to let you know.... I was a paying subscriber early on, then finances changed.... But I'm still a regular reader.
I changed my website (not the blog, that was always free) from subscription only to free in Dec. so you are not alone in your decision. Times and the internet have changed. Bonne chance!
Oh, and I have been showing your books around in my French classes - just so you know LOL

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