Flowing Flowers

August 31, 2012

nasturtium-path This is the main alley of Monet’s garden at Giverny, as it looks right now: the nasturtiums planted in May are progressively covering the path.

They ressemble a river of flowers, and with a bit of imagination you almost see them flowing.

What for? To fill the water lily pond of the water garden, of course!

Nasturtiums

August 28, 2008

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The main alley of Monet’s garden at Giverny is invaded by nasturtiums.

Monet planted them this way, but originally, it was not on purpose.

Monet wanted to soften the straight lines of his alley by an edge of small flowers, and he planted what he thought were dwarf nasturtiums. Which appeared to be… rambling ones, and they started to creep over the gravel.

Monet liked this effect, then he repeated it intentionally every year.

It is a talent to know how to use one’s own mistakes.