The Beauties of October

by Ariane ~ October 4, 2012

This is how the Monet garden at Giverny looks this week. The gently sloping “Norman Enclosure”, Monet’s backyard, offers an explosion of dahlias of all kinds, and amazing sunflowers, black eyed Susans, nicotinias, sages, nasturtiums, asters, cosmos, castor plants, zinnias, marigolds, daturas, fox tails, etc etc.

It is SO beautiful!

All these flowers harmonize by colors in monochromatic flower beds. Here the orange version. You will also see red borders, purple ones, pink ones, yellow ones… The garden is typically impressionist in late season.

In the water garden, the last water lilies float on the pond. The light is ever changing, providing continuously renewed effects. The foliages have started to change their color.

Fall is one of my favorite time at Giverny. I would not be surprised if it would have been Monet’s favorite time too.

2 Responses to “The Beauties of October”

  1. Kate Bowman Says:

    Will it be a nice visit at the end of October or November lst?

  2. Ariane Says:

    Kate, it depends if we get early frost or not. You’re sure to have a nice water garden with beautiful reflections of fall foliage in the pond. But the flower garden could be damaged by night frost in late October or on November 1.

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