garden tales from a Brit at home and abroad
To mark Memorial Day, we spent this morning in the garden of the US Ambassador’s Residence in Paris. There were performances by two platoons of the US Marines: the Drum and Bugle Corps, all red jackets and shiny tubas, and then the Silent Drill Platoon, tossing around their 10lb rifles and bayonets as if they were cheerleaders’ batons.
The Ambassador’s garden must be one of the largest in central Paris, with an extensive lawn, a glimpse of the Grand Palais through carefully-clipped mature trees, and a mass of lush peonies and scented roses in box beds near the nineteenth century residence. There was even a little vegetable garden, growing kale and herbs.