Blooming apple trees, new green leaves covering the trees, spring flowers in full bloom in the gardens, fields and forests.
This explosion of new life tells us that spring is in the air. Spring in Champagne-Mouton is our favorite season to discover the Charente region.
About Spring in the Charente
Spring is known as ‘printemps’ in French, from old French ‘prins’ (first) and ’temps’ (time as in weather). Springtime heralds coming back to life after the long cold months of winter.
Buds on the trees finally open up after having slept all winter. Leaves burst out of the buds in fresh green color when the sun gets brighter and warmer. In spring, the trees’ bare branches change into leafy shade towards summer.
This is the season full of bird song as birds often sing all day long in the forests or in the gardens while nesting. As plants and trees come back to life, small and colorful butterflies start appearing. Dandelions begin to invade the garden lawns and the fields. May is one of the best months to see spring wildflowers such as cowslips, wood violets and lily of the valley in bloom.
From late winter, flowering and fruit trees produce their flamboyant blooms on bare branches: magnolias, apple trees, cherry trees and almond trees. In many French gardens, the bright yellow flowers of the Forsythia shrub are amongst the first to be in full bloom in March.
In spring, some plants bear vegetables and fruit that will be picked in June: asparagus, artichokes, carrots, radish, French beans, potatoes, lettuce, cauliflower, spinach, cucumbers, courgettes, rhubarb. strawberries, raspberries and cherries.
Calendar of Spring in the Charente
After the long months of winter, spring is synonymous with rebirth and resurrection. Officially the season of spring starts on 21 March and ends on 20 June. However, for meteorologists and many other people, spring starts on 1 March and ends on 31 May. With spring in France comes the festivities of Easter (Pâques in French) as well as many other public holidays and festivities such as May Day, the Ascension, Pentecost and the festival of Cannes.
Popular events in France during springtime
- March – Paris Book Fair (Salon du livre de Paris), an event attracting more than 180,000 visitors at the Parc des Expositions in Porte de Versailles.
- April – Nancy Travelling Funfair (Foire attractive de Nancy). France’s second largest funfair.
- April – Bourges Music Festival (Printemps de Bourges).
- April – Paris-Roubaix cycle race (Course cycliste Paris-Roubaix). A one-day professional bicycle road race in Picardy and Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
- April and May – Paris Travelling Funfair (Foire du Trône). France’s largest funfair in the Vincennes Wood, Paris.
- Late April or early May – Transhumance Festival of Saint-Remy-de-Provence (Fête de la Transhumance de Saint-Remy-de-Provence).
- Saturday around 18 May – The Long Night of Museums. The European cultural event is known as Nuit Blanche in Paris, and La Nuit des Musées in France.
- Mid-May – Cannes International Film Festival (Festival International du Film de Cannes).
- May – Monaco Grand Prix (Grand Prix de Monaco). A Formula One motor race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco.
- Late May-Early June – The French Open (Tournoi de Roland Garros) in Paris.
- June – Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy).
- 6th June – Commemoration ceremonies of the D-Day landings in Normandy.