(the misadventures of an expatriate corporate dropout)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

tendresse ...

whilst in Paris with Jean-Yves, I greatly admired a tree in his mother's garden. We laughed about my guess of the name ... "Jacaranda" ... which had somehow captured my imagination recently when reading a book. For some reason, I convinced myself it might be this tree. The tree was very lovely, smooth barked with leafy, fern-like foliage. It provided great shade, but also a pretty view.

His mom didn't know the name. She hauled out garden book after garden book to help us search. We had no luck. She urged us to take a specimen of the branch to a local garden shop to assist. We left with lots of great plants and cuttings, but forgot this one.

fast forward to last Monday. Jean-Yves left for the bricolage store. He returned and unloaded the items he bought for our project. And then he went back to the truck, and returned handing me a small pot with a plant in it. He beamed proudly.

"Now I know the name, too!!! Albizia!!". Yes, he had found a tiny version of the tree I loved, bought it and brought it back to me. In the states it is known as the silk tree, monkey pod or mimosa tree and you either love it or hate it. In some U.S. states, it is considered quite invasive and requires careful tending. It has unusual flowers, is extremely fast growing as well as profligates at will. It is a sub-tropical plant but has done well here.

I was SO touched by this simple act. Later in the morning, we walked the large garden together, selected a spot and he planted it. It is so small, he also planted a 6' tall bamboo stake so I, Miss Maladroite, wouldn't mow it over. We chatted how it would mark my first anniversary here and how we would sit together under its shade in the future.

Love it.


Kathleen said...

true intimacy is so rare and so lovely.. I love this friend of yours..

La Framéricaine said...

Just can't help lovin' a man with tools and a thoughtful streak!

I'm looking forward to seeing the tree with my very own eyes in the near future.


Randal Graves said...

This blog is venturing into pornographic territory.

Non Je Ne Regrette Rien said...

kathleen-well...I'm warming up to it... :-)

laF-me too.

RG-tendresse, intimacy, tools, tree. there, someone had to say it. again. now then. stop. don't. stop. don't. stop. (waits to see what he does with THAT!)

Tom H said...

Nice to see you talking about one of my favorite topics, plants....thumbs up for

JChevais said...

This is beautiful. JY is a wonderful fellow indeed.

Non Je Ne Regrette Rien said...

Tommy! thanks for taking the time to comment and all. If Albizia gets the stamp of approval from you, I KNOW it is good! chat soon, xx

JC-yes he is a dear and thoughtful friend to be sure.