The Flowers of September

by Ariane ~ September 16, 2016


September is a magic time at Giverny. In Monet’s gardens, all the summer flowers had ample time to settle and offer generously their fascinating beauty. It is an endless surprise to discover the latest varieties of giant dahlias, picked out from the thousands of existing cultivars. They combine in the pink border above with cleomes, sages, zinnias, roses and ageratums, displaying all the different tones from pale pink to deep purple.

In yellow beds, it is time for huge sunflowers of all kinds, coreopsis and black eyed Susan, anthemis, and for some contrast the strange shapes of amaranthus caudatus, whose common name I’m not so fond of: ‘Love lies bleeding’.

This sad name is certainly not in tune with the atmosphere of flowery feast that reigns in the Giverny garden. The alleys are full of lovers that walk hand in hand with a happy smile on their faces. The borders are so high in this season that they provide intimacy. It is a wonderful experience to feel merged in flowers.

2 Responses to “The Flowers of September”

  1. Vivian Says:

    Is that the famous “sunset” border? I do hope so, because the light you have captured is so beautiful that I wish that I was walking in this fairy land in the glow of such a late afternoon. Lucky Givernois.

  2. Ariane Says:

    Thank you for mentioning the sunset borders, Vivian! They are slightly to the left of this alley, ranging from red to orange and yellow. That’s an idea for a next post 😉 I love them and I’m not the only one…

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