A Garden Symphony in Monet Blue

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Blue Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1919, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
– Claude Monet

Falling in love with Monet’s paintings of blue water lilies is easy to do. The blue is shimmering, irridescent and tugs at the heartstrings.  I have long loved Monet’s paintings and been captivated by his use of blue.  Some years ago I was able to visit his gardens at Giverny in France.  They were as magical as the art work they inspired.  There was a lot of blue in the plantings of the garden and I returned home wanting to introduce more blue in my garden.  Blue is a hard color to grow.  Many blue flowers tend to be more purple or reddish blue.  I had had no luck growing truly blue lupines or blue delphiniums, both flowers that make my heart beat a little faster.  To weave  as much blue into my garden, I painted garden structures in Monet blue, added pottery in many shades of blue and planted  a succession of blue flowers that do well in my climate.  My gardens are a far cry from Giverny but they are a little rhaspsody in blue.   Starting in early spring, scillas, Virginia Bluebells(mertensia) and muscari are the first blue flowers to emerge. I fill planters with purple pansies, hyacinths and bird nests nestling blue robin eggs.   English blue bells soon carpet huge swaths, joined by aquilegia(columbines).   ‘Early Blue’ hydrangeas are the first of many hydrangea species to bloom.  The final blue symphony comes from ‘Niko Blue’ hydrangeas,  flowering hostas and Japanese painted ferns.   Join me for a little stroll through the garden in blue…imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimage

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”  Claude Monet

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Water Lilies, Claude Monet 1916, National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

I hope you enjoyed visiting with me today.

16 thoughts on “A Garden Symphony in Monet Blue

    • Agree! Monet was consistent in his love of color throughout his world. That studio! Loved the village too. So charming. I’ve read the gardens have been worked on a great deal recently. I was there 7 years ago. Thanks for reading today Sigrid. Enjoy the gorgeous weather!

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  1. I certainly did enjoy this visit through your garden this morning. I almost felt like I was really there……seeing Oreo in one photo was quite charming! Your blue handled spade and blue garden gloves are adorable.

  2. You are so right about growing true blue flowers! I think it has something to do with the acidity of the soil? I don’t know. You know I’m not that skilled in the area of gardening, but I do know that growing blue flowers is something of an odyssey! I have some mixed in with other flowers in pots this year. No idea what they’re called, but they are a true blue and I love how they meander.

    Your grounds are gorgeous! So much to see!!! I love that blue metal chair out there! And that wooden obelisk is TOO COOL!!!

    It’s wonderful that you got a chance to actually visit Monet’s gardens. Nothing like seeing the real deal in person! I’m sure it lends much inspiration as you go about your gardening decisions, and that the memory of the experience gives you MUCH joy!

    • Dear Alycia, Thank you for your kind words and astute observations. We’ll add Giverny to the same trip as Paris, a few hours away by public transit. You would love both! Monet’s dishes are just as impressive as his gardens and I have a feeling you would enjoy those immensely and find inspiration there. That blue chair was a trash-picked gift from a friend. In its original color, it barely stood out. In Monet blue it became a focal point! I started with it. Then the obelisk was switched from white to blue and the eye soon was drawn to that corner of the garden. From tHat point forward, small touches of blue began appearing to make the eye travels around our property. It is subtle but effective against all the orange of our red brick home. You made my day by taking the time to write your thoughtful comments Alycia!

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