Loud!

Guess where we are today? In France, at the wonderful Monet garden in Giverny. We visited house, flower garden and water garden, and I made some pics that capture the atmosphere really well. In case you wonder where all the other vistors are: I used my camera with discretion. Busload after busload arrived and entered – and the garden took it all in its stride.

Monet loved this place, and spent a lot of money on it, too. House and gardens went into a decline at Monet’s death in 1926, to be restored after 1977 by a French couple named Van der Kemp who made the restoration of Versailles their life’s work. Giverny was done as an after-retirement project – there is life after 65. They were good at fundraising, and generated a lot of interest for Givenchy in the USA.

Learned from Monet’s garden that I could be even more bold with colour. For the colour combinations at Giverny are L O U D !!  One tends to forget that Monet was very much a Victorian. and them Victorians put everything next to everything without any worries at all. Giverny hasn’t many of those nightmare plants  – with spotted or (if they could get them) dotted or striped leaves –  that the Victorians liked so much. Preferrably in deep, deep purple, too. So maybe the Giverny garden does cater to the modern taste more than they let on.

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