Enjoys the air it breathes!
~William Wordsworth, "Lines Written in Early Spring," Lyrical Ballads, 1798
In the summer France really comes alive with the dazzling colours of flowers. I have recently been learning French and Latin names for wild flowers, and now other flowers too.
Which brings me on to a French man called Charles Plumier. Charles was born in Marseille in 1646 and aged sixteen he entered the religious order of the Minims. Although he studied mathematics and physics he later became a botanist. He was very sucessful and became the Royal Botanist in 1693. In 1696 he discovered the fuchsia on the island of Hispaniola the second largest island in the Caribean. He named the flower after Leonard Fuchs, who was a respected name in botany.
Fuchsia were first imported into Britain around 1789.
Fuchsia Buds frame the castle.
The French word for breathe is respirer.
A French word to gain some knowledge is connaissance.
PS. I am very flattered that Carol (NotonlyinThailand) has interpreted one of my photographs on her blog here
PPS. I have also been posting pictures on a new French site here.