Découvrir le pot aux roses

Valentine’s Day is here once again. If you’re looking for a bouquet for a special someone, you could go nowhere finer than Lachaume on rue Royale in Paris. They’ve been in business at that same location since 1845. Marcel Proust used to stop by every day for an orchid for his button hole. If getting to Paris in the near future is not possible, make a virtual visit to their web-site at http://www.lachaume-fleurs.com/ . Check out the link entitled “Goodies” where you can download lush photos of their arrangements to use as wallpaper or a screen saver for your computer. There’s no need to cut stems or change water.

bg_maisonToday’s expression, découvrir le pot aux roses, (daycouvrear luh poto rows) literally means “to uncover the rose pot” but figuratively means “to uncover a secret.” The origins of the term are murky and disputed. Some say that it comes from married women hiding notes to their lovers under a flower pot, except flower pots post-date the expression. Others link the term to the pots where women kept blush, in other words, where they hid their secret source of beauty enhancement. I like yet another explanation the best. Apparently, Cupid gave a rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence, to keep Venus’s love affairs secret.  Romantic secrets and roses have a long, long history.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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