The rain began to make its presence felt two hours before the commencement of the annual mimosa celebration last month in Sainte Maxime. A little unfortunate perhaps but it didn’t deter anyone from getting outside to watch the spectacle.
Mimosa is a brightly coloured yellow plant introduced from Australia (known there as ‘wattle’) in the mid 19th century. The yellow blooms are a visual treat and provide much needed colour in the seasonal transition when the weather is balmy one day and cold the next. The annual festival celebrating the plant occurs every February and it’s a parade that feels rooted in history. The floats are covered in mimosa and music accompanies the festivities. A mix of dancing girls, bands and children from the village provide a dose of French tradition alongside a carnival atmosphere. This year there were baricades due to the fear of attacks so we couldn’t get onto the street as in previous years.
The mimosa cuttings are thrown into the crowd and I managed to take one home. We actually have four mimosa trees in the garden, however they are of a variety that doesn’t have the dense yellow flowers, they are more sparse on the tree but still beautiful.
Here are a few photos of the day. By the way does anyone know of any good mimosa perfumes? I realise I don’t have any, maybe some samples in my collection but nothing that jumps to mind.