As Spring approaches in the Southern Hemisphere my memories flood back to an April day and a visit
to Claude Monet's house and garden at Giverney. A visit to this garden had been on my wish list for many
years and when the chance to visit became a reality ,I was as excited as a schoolgirl.
Tulips just happen to be my favourite Spring flower and the variety of colours and shapes was just spectacular. I often think of creating a garden as painting with flowers instead of paints and the planting combinations were art itself.
The tulips were the stars of the show with underplantings of pansies , forget-me-nots , hyacinth and wallflowers. The shape and colour of this one really got my attention.
The famous water garden with its Japanese inspired green bridge.You can glimpse the water lily pads , though not the right season for flowers, but what a sight they must be in full bloom.
I am rather fond of blue and white china and these pots with their cheery blooms, wallflowers if my
memory serves me right, on the front verandah caught my eye. They contrast so well against the
pink and greens of the house.
This is the drawing room studio , recreated just as it was in Monet's time. The art works on display here
are reproductions of originals that now hang in the Musee Marmotton-Monet and the Musee d"orsay
and as well as galleries and museums throughout the world.
A feature of the kitchen is its blue and white ceramic tiles from Rouen.
I hope you have enjoyed my little tour of Monet's house and garden. I do wish I lived closer so I could
see the garden in Summer with the roses and irises in full blooms or maybe in Autumn colour. Oh well a
girl can dream can't she.But if you love tulips visit in Spring.