19.12.13

Alphabet, flowers...


There is a school in the 9th arrondissement, named after Paul Gauguin. One of its walls is covered by tiles, illustrating the alphabet and obviously each letter is referring to a flower. I’m definitely no flower expert, but I’m sure there are some among my blog visitors. Maybe you could help to give the names of the flowers? Of course the letters here refer to the French names of the flowers, but if you recognize some of them in English, German, Chinese, Swedish…, I’m sure we can find the translation.




Well, I believe I may (after serious research) have recognized a few, but I may be wrong:

B for “bégonia”, D for “digitale” (digitalis - fox-glove), E for “églantier” (eglantine), G for “geranium”, J for “jacinthe” (hyacinth), L for “lis” (lily), M for “marguerite” (daisy), N for “narcisse” (narcissus), O for “orchidée” (orchid), R for “rose”, T for “tulipe”… What also confused me was e.g. that the S to me looks like a sunflower which would be fine in English, but it’s called “tournesol” in French and also that the Y seems to be a “muguet” (lily-of-the-valley)… 


18 comments:

Olivier said...

de belles mosaïques

martinealison said...

Bonjour cher Peter,

J'en ai des choses encore à découvrir lorsque je viendrai dans la capitale !
N'était-ce pas déjà une manière de faire des graffitis ?...
Ah ! le langage des fleurs c'est tout un programme !

Je te souhaite un merveilleux
Noël
et que ces quelques jours d'hiver soient des temps heureux !

Gros bisous à toi ♥

Amélie said...

Voici ma contribution: Il me semble que pour le A ce soit une anémone, pour le F un fuchsia, pour le H un hortensia, pour le L un liseron, pour le P une pivoine, pour le Y un yucca, pour le Z un zinnia. Merci pour tous vos articles dont je me régale.

claude said...

Elle est forte Amélie. Effectivement le Y est le Yucca. le S c'est bien soleil.
Elles sont très belles ces mosaïques, j'aime beaucoup.

claude said...

Iris pour I

Peter Olson said...

Un grand merci à Amélie et à Claude! Je savais bien que que j'allais être aidé par quelques expert(e)s! :-)

hpy said...

LE z est sans doute pour rôle de zèbre.

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable post!
"L for “lis” (lily) and Léia and Luna =^.^= " girls are also flowers! ;)
bisous
Léia

JudyMac said...

Quite a quiz you pose, Peter. Not being a Master Gardener, I can still, however, tag one for you. The "D" is Digitalis Purpurea, known more commonly as Foxglove, and "source of the most valuable cardiac drug known to date." It is a beautiful plant, one I'm sure at home in a French garden, but my Southern patio is much too warm for this one.

Anonymous said...


Absolutely beautiful!

Thanks, Peter.

Maria

Alain said...

Les dictionnaires "Larousse" illustrent ainsi la première page de chaque lettre. On y voit parfois d'étranges objets que l'on a bien du mal à identifier : Kiwi, Kilt, Koala ou Kangourou, cela va encore, mais cela n'est pas toujours aussi facile.

Cergie said...

C = chrysanthème
F = fuchsia
H devrait être hortensia
I = iris
L = liseron voyons ! Ces deux fleurs sont des hits de l'art nouveau !
S = soleil autre nom du tournesol
V = vigne vierge
Y = le yucca
Z = le zinnia...

D'ailleurs, voici un lien qui pourrait t'intéresser :
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Langage_des_fleurs

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Jeanie said...

I'm no flower expert either, but it doesn't really matter when looking at something as lovely as this! I love how you always bring us new treasures! Merry Christmas!

Thérèse said...

Une belle participation et un endroit bien interessant!

Catherine said...

What a beautiful find - these tiles are quite lovely

Starman said...

You are amazing! How do you find all this stuff?

Mandy Indonesia said...


I'm glad to read you again. Thanks for this post. Best for you Buddy! and Merry Christmas