Jardins des Plantes is the main botanical garden in Paris. It has many sections, but we visted only a few. Hot sunny weather brought people out in droves this afternoon, and many school and other groups were enjoying the gardens.
I was sorry we were too late for the bulbs, but there were poppies, and pansies, and lots of other flowers to add colour and provide food for the insects.
I liked the botanical garden best, where things looked wild, and it seemed many thousands of species flourished.
Plants like Echinacea, and thistle and lupin.
School groups laughed and played as they ate lunch or afternoon tea on the lawns outside one of the big conservatories.
Specialist plants had been included to encourage bees and butterflies, and homes for wild bees were included in the Jardin Ecologic.
Here we are with the pousette, looking useful! We found a path up to the Labyrinth, where a winding hedged track ends on a small hill with a pretty gazebo.Tunnels wound in all directions through the hedges, no doubt a favourite playing place for children.
Another butterfly posed for me on the way ….
to the Carousel, known as ‘Le Dodo Manege’ …. where children can ride on a triceratops, a dodo, and other extinct or endangered animals, to the gentle sounds of old carousel music.
Suitably charmed we retired to rest in the shade of an iris garden, lying on the green grass for a while before the wxalk home.
Tomorrow we have an early flight to Malaga, and the Andalucian adventure begins.