February is the month when the mimosa is in full bloom along the Côte d'Azur. Introduced to France from Australia in the 19th century it flourished in the Provencal climate and has become a major attraction for keen gardeners and carnival lovers alike. The Fête du Mimosa takes place from the 15th to the 24th February 2013 in Mandelieu-La Napoule. There are visits to the mimosa glass houses and the perfumeries that use the flowers, guided walks to see the trees in their natural splendour, the election of a carnival queen and a huge procession of carnival floats decorated with flowers. Visit the tourist information website for more information http://www.ot-mandelieu.fr
Other towns along the coast also organise various mimosa themed events - Bormes Les Mimosa has an annual plant sale in late January and a carnival 'Corso Fleuri' in February http://bit.ly/11WYL8A. The 'Route des Mimosa' a 130km drive from Bormes Les Mimosa to Grasse near Nice is an interesting way to see the trees and the beautiful coastline at this quieter time of year.
|Route des Mimosa|
I always buy mimosa when I'm in France at this time of year, and I have even managed to find it in England - it really brightens up a winter's day and has a subtle perfume. What's your favourite flower at this time of year?
Photo credits: Tourist information website for Bormes Les Mimosa and the Domaine du Rayol