Pink Blossom at Giverny

by Ariane ~ April 15, 2011

spring-blossom In the 19th Century, trees used to be white in Spring. There were white blossoms of cherry trees, white plum trees, white pear trees… Apple trees were slightly tinted with pink when budding, but became white when in bloom. Only southern trees like peach or apricot trees could be pink, however they were rarely to be seen in Normandy.

So we can imagine the novelty of introducing exotic varieties like crab apples, Japanese cherry or plum trees in a little village on the countryside like Giverny. Their pink blossom must have looked unique to Monet, and to his neighbours.

The pink exotic trees are widely spread by now, but in April their short beauty still enchants Spring in Claude Monet’s gardens.

3 Responses to “Pink Blossom at Giverny”

  1. Linda Moore Says:

    Thank you for these views of the gardens during the year. My husband and I visited early June 2010 as I had been inspired years ago by a biography on Monet and was thrilled to visit “en place”. I would have loved time in the garden “alone” as Monet knew it…You have given me a sense of that presence with your blog. He lives on– in our hearts, in his paintings and in the garden.

  2. Ariane Says:

    Thank you for your comment, Linda! You’re right, Monet’s presence is more sensitive when there are less people in the gardens. I hope you will experience it one day. In Autumn, after 4.00pm, ther eare often more staff members than visitors!

  3. Jill Shipton Says:

    I was lucky enough to have visited this beautiful garden on May 1st. Apart from the water garden my favourite part was the blue forget me nots with the pink tulips. Do you know the name of the tulips? I would love to copy the look in my garden. You are so lucky working at such a lovely place.

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