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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Monet's Tulips in Giverny

Since we were traveling with small children (with limited patience!), I knew that I had to choose our garden destinations carefully.. The opulence and structure of Versailles or Monet's garden paradise in Giverny? Truly, I really wanted to see how average people gardened and I took much pleasure in peeking over hedges and through fences throughout France and Belgium.. but, when it came time to choose between these two famous gardens, I went with Giverny. I had always loved the photographs of this artist's paradise - cascading willows, fragrant waterlilies and long chains of lavender-hued wisteria.

We planned to stop there on day 3, after spending a few days in Bayeux, France (near Juno Beach and Mont St. Michel), but after we landed in Paris, we all still had a bit of energy (I think it was the fact the trees had leaves on them and  it was about 22 C), so we decided to stop at Giverny on our way up North. It was busy, but we found a parking spot and waited in line to enter the garden, eating homemade ice cream as we enjoyed the gorgeous weather and colourful surroundings. The small village that surrounds the garden was very pretty - charming stone buildings, narrow cobble-stoned roads and the fragrance of lilacs in every breath.

When we finally entered the garden, it was breathtaking - tulips filled every bed, along with forget-me-not's, peonies (just coming into bloom), iris, wisteria, clematis, golden chain trees and so much  more.. I decided just to focus on the tulips today, but more photos will follow.. it was very hard to get photos without other tourists in the shots.. we all shuffled along the pathways, snapping photos.. but, overall, it was amazing and I'm so glad we made it there. The kids also loved it - especially the massive clumps of bamboo and the bridges.. Now, I just need to go back in the summer to see the waterlilies and the carpet of nasturtiums that blanket the main pergola walkway..

Forgive the quality of the photos - the sun was very intense..

Just before entering the main garden.

Forget-me-not's and tulips - one of the best combo's!



Love fringed tulips!!






7 comments:

  1. Wow! I went to your site curious about your being motivated to buy forget-me-not seeds from the flowers beds you saw at Giverny...and I can why. Now I want to re-create this here in the Tribeca children's garden I oversee the planting out of by children in May and in October. Are Forget-me-Nots perrenial? Any idea what varieties and colors these pink tulips were? What are the blue flowers with the tulips below? Have I become the annoying question lady yet?

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  2. Monica, you are so funny!! Ok.. here are some answers.. forget-me-not's are biennial.. 1st year foliage, 2nd year flowers. But, if you sow the seed in late summer, they may flower that next spring. LOVE THEM SO MUCH!! The blue flowers below the tulips are violas.. they had pansies everywhere.. beneath all the tulips, in containers, all the beds. I loved them so much, I went out and bought 24 pansy plants today in a variety of sizes and colours.

    I don't know the pink tulip variety, but there are many similar varieties, so just look for a pink tulip (mid to late season) this autumn..

    Did I cover it all?? :)

    Forget-me-not's and pansies.. such common flowers.. but used in extraordinary ways in Monet's garden..

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  3. I'll never look at for-get-me-nots in the same way! No deer in Giverny.

    Donna

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  4. me again re tulips ...Darwin's Pink Impression are a good choice. They are reliably perennial unless the deer eat them as they did the 300 I planted one year. Have given up on tulips but any of the Darwin series would be my choice.
    Donna

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  5. Ah yes Donna... Darwin Pink Impression, a good choice. Forget-me-not come in white, pink and blue...and didn't know that until awhile back..Myosotis Victoria Series Mixed

    Still sighing over Giverny....and is that a double tulip sport in the second last photo?

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  6. This is a garden that I have always wanted to visit. Maybe some day....

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