Lily Pads

by Ariane ~ July 23, 2013

lily-padsWater lily pads floating on Claude Monet’s pond at Giverny have a strange ability of changing their color. When they first pop they are purple, like the ones upside down on the pic. The sunlight turns them green. Claude Monet, who was a good observer of his garden, had noted these two colors. On some of his Nymphea paintings he made them green with a purple circle around.

2 Responses to “Lily Pads”

  1. Joan Hart Says:

    I have just started reading your website. Thank you so much—it is so beautiful and informative.

    I am an art historian and have given many presentations BUT I have yet to visit Monet’s house and garden at Giverny.

    I know everyone asks you this. When do the water lilies generally bloom? Maybe there is not an easy answer….

    Thank you again!

    Joan Hart

  2. Ariane Says:

    Water lilies are summer flowers. They start blooming in May, the best time is June, July and August, there are less in September and the very last ones in October.

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