Forsythia For Ever

April 5, 2017

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Today at Giverny, at the entrance to Monet’s house, two forsythias grown in planters glow for the show.

This Time of Year Again

March 31, 2017

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It is this time of year again. Already! At last! The beginning of spring. The time of primroses. 

They flower in big cushions along the paths, so pretty that they look cultivated. What! Nature offers these lovely bunches of pinks and yellows for free, to please our eyes and feed the bees! A present of springtime, that has so many to give away.

We may cherish the flowers of summer, but the first ones are the dearest. Monet also must have been moved by the beauty of the primroses, because he didn’t want them to be pulled out for the sheer reason that they are wild and common. Instead, he asked his gardeners to plant around them.

This is still done at Giverny. Lovely wild flowers enhance borders of spring bulbs and biennials.   They are one of the tips and tricks used by Monet, an accomplished gardener, to make his garden look more natural.

It Is Not Easy To Look Random

March 8, 2017

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What is so different and appealing with Monet’s flower garden is its very natural look. The gardeners apply themselves to avoid that flowers seem regimented.

It is not as simple as it sounds. We as humans have a tendency to organize. Spontaneously, unconsciously, what we do and make turns out to be regular.  

One of the gardeners’ trick for planting bulbs randomly is to throw them on the ground, the bare ground of late Autumn. Where the bulb fell, there it is planted.

This tip works for camassias or tulips. Biennals are planted by color patches that combine different varieties, wallflowers, pansies, violas…  Sizes, shapes and hues of the same color help creating the impressionist brushstrokes feeling.  

Winter Flowers of Giverny

February 19, 2017

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Violas and pansies are among the cutest flowers that accept to bloom during winter time at Giverny.  They belong to the same family, pansies being bigger than violas. But the latter compensate by having loads of adorable little flowers, often marked by black lines that resemble ink drawings. 

Here is viola ‘Tiger Eyes’. With some imagination you may want to compare this black and yellow design with the stripes of a tiger, and the black maculas with his eyes. A very proud name indeed for such a tiny and harmless flower!

Violas and pansies need some warmth to flower. Depending of the winter weather they start early or wait until spring. More trustful are snow drops, that grow in many places in Monet’s garden at Giverny. Their favorite time is February, snow or shine. 

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They bloom for the pleasure of the gardeners and of the first butterflies, like this Small Tortoiseshell. No visitors yet: the Monet garden is closed up to March 23, 2017 included. 

Monet’s Garden

February 6, 2017

Claude Monet's Garden at Giverny

The beautiful water garden created by the impressionist master Claude Monet at Giverny still inspires painters.

Monet’s house and gardens will re-open on March 24, 2017. I’m looking forward to it. It is such a joy to work daily in this beauty giving guided tours to wonderful people. I miss flowers so much. What about you?  

Happy New Year from Giverny

January 6, 2017

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I wish you a joyful and peaceful, lovely and happy, awesome and handsome year 2017. 

Hoping to see you in Giverny this year.

Monet’s gardens are still closed, but the sky does its great show. I can’t get enough of it. Do you like sunrises and sunsets too?

The old year has set, the new one is rising, full of hope. Bonne année !