Giverny Flowers (Spring 2015)

Path to GivernyMay 1, every museum in town is closed and anyway, I always wanted to see the garden Monet created and painted. So, out of Paris by train to Giverny. The train goes only to a neighboring town and you can take a bus from there, but we decided to walk – it’s only 3 miles or so on a paved path lined by woods and the occasional house. People walking dogs or strolling.

g japaneseWe got to the garden after the first flush of tourists. It had rained the night before (this was the rainiest vacation we’ve ever had), so the flowers were a bit droopy. But there were masses of them.

If you are looking at this in your email, you may need to got directly to my web site to see the photo gallery of individual flowers below. Most I recognized but there was one yellow beauty that looked like an exploded canary!

g waterThe water garden was special. So many big-leaved plants, a personal favorite.  There was a stream as well as the famous pond. No waterlilies. Too early in the season, but the wisteria!

The formal garden was laid out in rows with a color theme – seemingly red and yellow or blue and pink. There were arches, as yet un-vined. g-arches
Some trees were in color. The one by the house is a tamarind.

g red treeThe interior of the house is decorated as Mr. Monet had it done. The yellow and blue dining room is a hoot. There are prints hanging everywhere, especially Japanese. The whole house was crowded with creaky wooden floors.g pink house

After we left the museum, we had a nice lunch in the cafeteria across the street. And then decided to walk back (my feet abstained).

A French tradition on May 1, Labor Day, started by King Charles in 1561, is to give Lily of the Valley, Muegettes, to loved ones. We saw little booths selling them all through town. One of the ladies who was selling alone by the train station, asked me if I would watch her bunches while she went to the bathroom. My first good deed negotiated in French. I received a bouquet in thanks which I gave to the owner of the Chinese restaurant downstairs from our apartment; we ate there again-it was practically the only thing open, but also we liked the food.

I was particularly taken by a vine made into a railing.
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And now for those closeups…note the rain drops.

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  1. Julie says:

    Just gorgeous!

  2. Kyla says:

    Wonderful photos. That exploding canary is a Fritillaria:

    And I am pretty sure the vine railing is actually an espalliered fruit tree, a very old one, though I can’t tell what kind.

  3. Beautiful beautiful! No wonder Monet was so inspired!

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