Monday, May 29, 2006

Bamboo grew overnight in the Luxembourg gardens


It's fascinating to see how Bamboos - and Palm trees - have become so popular recently in Paris although the climate is not really adapted to that kind of plants (it's not humid and it can get pretty cold in winter). The latest evidence of this sudden climate change is this bamboo forest that they planted (in pots) almost overnight about a week ago. They also spread little blue rocks on the ground and the overall effect is really worth the look.

PS: I am just back from a week-end in Provence and I did not pay too much attention to the news there. I found out yesterday about the earthquake in Indonesia. All the City Daily Photo bloggers immediately thought of Santy from Jakarta Daily Photo.

28 comments:

  1. Still no news from Santy, it’s getting a little bit worrying.

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  2. oh no! hope santy is ok!

    p.s. do you have an ad for system doctor? i can't click back without one popping up saying i need my system checked?

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  3. Wow nice shot! No news on Santy yet.

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  4. Gorgeous photo- that must be quite a sight in real life.

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  5. Sad about the EQ in Central Java...glad Santy's far enough away not to be involved in its aftermath...everone checked her blog right? :-)

    Eric! Magnifique!! Provence!!! Our next French trip I'm sure...pretty please...post a pic from your trip?

    Toodles!
    Ame~
    :-)

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  6. That is lovely, though a little odd, yes. I just found your blog, it seems like you not only have a great blog, but a great idea and community. Kudos :)

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  7. Hi, Eric. Hi, everyone. Thanks for all your concerns. I don't have a computer at home, so I was unable to post during weekends, therefore my apologies if I didn't notify you earlier about my situation. As pointed out by Ame, I do live quite far from Yogyakarta. We couldn't feel the earthquake in Jakarta. We got worried about my brother in law who is studying there, but we spoke with him and thankfully he's alright.

    I am physically fine, yet suffered emotionally. Newspapers and TVs have been constantly showing faces of victims and I can really feel their pain. It is a very difficult moment for my country right now. Thank you so very much for all your kind thoughts. I am so glad to have such great friends all over the world through DP blogs! Of course big thanks to you, Eric...for being the pioneer and accepting me in the family :)

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  8. Hi Eric, that's a beautiful place and I really envy the lady in the photo who really seems to be enjoy the whole setting.

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  9. Santy- glad to hear your ok...and we are all with you...these catastrophes are just so painful.
    Eric thanks for the nice photos...I've been stuck in the country, babysitting new puppy, I miss the city....

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  10. Good news about Santy and her family.

    I hope the bamboo stays where it's supposed to, in the pots! It's beautiful but unfortunately it's horribly invasive stuff. It puts out runners, and the roots are strong enough to break through concrete barriers, and it will pop up the other side of walls. In the community I used to live in, it was a forbidden plant and if you planted it in your garden, the homeowners' association sent you a letter telling you to remove it because otherwise it would eventually end up in your neighbours' gardens and in the community areas.

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  11. First and most important; santy, I'm glad you are doing well physically. I know you do alright with the emotional side of it. It can be hard.

    To the picture: The overall effect qwould be much nicer if the pots weren't silver!!! Kinda ruins the image of it being "natural." A more earthy pot would have been better for the visuals. Otherwise I really like it.

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  12. Passante got to say my thoughts before I got to! I think it was very wise to have them in pots. The blue rocks are a nice touch.

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  13. What a strange sight for the Luxembourg gardens! Is there a special event happening?

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  14. Eric: welcome back! I'm being told you guys had some pretty hot temperatures down in the South of France? Hope it's a little cooler in Paris otherwise I'll have to bottle up some San Francisco fog and bring it with me!

    This Luxembourg display is really interesting, not at all what you'd expect to see in a Parisian garden.

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    Santy: Hang in there! We had a taste of "what might happen" in San Francisco in 1989, and although the damage was not great, the media kept looping the news 24/7 and everybody was depressed and lost for at least a week. I still remember the images, that car dangling on the bridge, and everything because they played it so much. All our thoughts are with you and the people of your country.

    Pink Rocket: If you have a PC, you might consider downloading a Google tool bar for your computer. It's free, and very effective with most pop-ups, and a snap to install. Go to Google, click "more" and find the toolbar way at the bottom (between the Pinguin and the Video). If you have a Mac, errr... I'm sure there is something similar that'll do the trick. ;)

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  15. Hello Santy, happy to hear you're OK. Thank you for your nice words too ;)

    Pink Rocket, I do not have pop up ads on PDP so it is weird that you have one when you connect?

    Soosha, actually the silver pots are pretty OK in reality it ads up to the surreal set.

    Tomate. The weather was absolutly perfect in the south and I did not connect to the Internet AT ALL during 4 days, a real big break!!

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  16. Lovely picture, Eric.
    Luxembourg Gardens is one of my favorite parts of Paris!

    I was wondering - do you have any pictures of (I hope I don't butcher this...) Monceau Gardens??

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  17. eric, as i just looked at your blog my computer found viruses or possible problems (bloodhound.exploit.56). it only happens when i go to your page. my husband is a computer tech so i'll have to have him figure out what's going on

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  18. Floski, you are thinking of Parc Monceau. It is a beautiful, aristocratic parc at the northern end of the 8th arrondissement (bordering the 17th). Also not very far from the church (Sainte Marie des Batignolles) that Eric photographed not long ago - mappy.com says it is about exactly 1km walk (19 minutes), mostly along rue Legendre (a long street). Both place des Batignolles and Parc Monceau are well worth a visit. If you continue east from Batignolles, soon you will arrive at rue de Clichy, a lively, cosmopolitan, much more "populaire" area - a good example of how swiftly the mood and setting can change on the course of a Paris walk.

    Love the mise en scène at Luxembourg! Relieved that Santy is ok, but it is a horrible occurrence...

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  19. wow! to see bamboos in Paris,,truely fascinating! hope it'll last, just love it !

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  20. Pink Rocket:

    There are no viruses on Eric's pages, but possibly his stat counters and other little goodies leave you cookies and stuff, and if you accidentally click on the links on the popups, then you might end up with spyware?

    Tell your husband to run AdAware from Lavasoft or an equivalent on your PC, first, that should clean up much of the unwanted stuff in your registry, and then install a Google toolbar or something similar to block new pop-ups. Hope that helps.

    Adaware can be found here:

    http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/

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  21. Hello Eric. This is amazing! Thank you.

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  22. I just got back from two weeks in Europe, the last week of which was in Paris. We went to the Luxembourg Garden and walked through this art installation of bamboo in silver pots (with wooden wind chimes hanging from the bamboo) and a pathway of blue pebbles. The idea ia better than the execution, unfortunately. The pebbles get into your sandals and HURT! They dye the soles of your shoes blue, and they get caught in the treads, so they track beyond the garden. (Perhaps that was part of the artist's idea??!!) We found blue pebbles on the steps within the garden, leading to the art installation, and then outside, on the way to the Metro stop. My socks were dyed, as were my shoes and my jeans.

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