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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Visiting Monet's Garden. Giverny, May 2014. Part 2.

This is the second batch of pictures taken at Giverny on May 11, 2014.
Explosion of color and endless color combinations wake up senses and make you think about what you can do with plants in your own garden.
Here is the : List of plants in the garden

Wisterias planted by the artist himself still hug the Japanese bridge. The bridge (beech wood), originally built by a local craftsman, was rebuilt by a company from Vernon. During the 10 years of restoration, the pond was dug again and filled with plants that were there in Monet's time. The lilies weren't blooming, but the main feature of the water garden, ever changing reflections, is always present here.
I can understand why the artist spent so much time, more than 20 years, getting his inspiration from the reflections of the sky, clouds and plants in the Water Garden.
The lonely boat, the weeping willows, thick bamboo, trees around the pond... A bit of imagination and you can see the master himself in this secluded peaceful garden.

Flowers around the pond came as surprise to me as I forgot about their existence since my first visit in 1997. For me, they serve as a fine visual connection to the garden in front of the house (Clos Normand). Otherwise, the two gardens are so different: the Clos Normand is open, symmetrical, filled with blocks of one color (and its variations), and the Water Garden is enclosed, full of curves and punctuated with splashes of color here and there against a green background.

I hope you enjoyed! 

***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS


  1. Tanya, those are absolutely beautiful photos! It gives me a sense of serenity just viewing that amazing garden. I can't believe how many flowers were in bloom! We visited Giverny in July of 2011, but there wasn't such a profusion of flowers. Even though the roses and many of the other flowers were finished blooming, it was still an unforgettable experience. Thank you for allowing me to visit Giverny once again through your photos!

    1. Dorothy, I'm so glad you liked the pictures! It'd be interesting to see this garden month after month!

  2. Oh I want to visit this garden so has always inspired me with the gorgeous pond lilies, and dramatic drifts of colorful flowers and beautiful foliage. You captured it beautifully.

    1. Donna, thank you! The lilies weren't blooming, but the Water Garden was still beautiful.

  3. I did enjoy this post a lot! I've been wanting to visit that garden for a very long time, so your fabulous pictures were a real treat! Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Katarina! You are so close to France, and I hope to see your own pictures of this garden one day in future!

  4. Spectacular photos of an amazing place! I don't think I've seen photos of Giverny with as many colorful blooms as you have here--thank you!

    1. Rose, thanks! They have a new Head Gardener, and I'm sure the garden will change its look in close future.

  5. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photographs of a magical place! Wisteria makes me swoon! Maybe someday I'll make it to Giverny; in the meantime, I know I can go to your blog to imagine it. :)

  6. You've captured the explosion of colors and textures beautifully! What a stunning place to visit--thank you for sharing it with us!

  7. I can't believe all the color(s) and combination of colors in this garden, but I guess that's what the master would have wished for.


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