Saturday, January 21, 2012

Monet's Garden


Monet's Garden
Originally uploaded by -a.

I love Monet's paintings, and have spent quite a bit of time in a museum in Paris, looking deeply in to his paintings of his pond at Giverny.
I like this quote of his, giving directions to his head gardener in February 1900.
Maybe this will inspire us all today.
"Sow approximately 300 pots of poppies, 60 pots of sweet peas, approximately 60 pots of white argemone and 30 yellow... From the 15th to the 25th start the dahlias into growth. Take cuttings from the shoots before my return; think about the lily bulbs."
It would be grand to have a gardener in my employ! Then I could ask them what argemone is.

21 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

It would be a dream come true to see the gardens! I do love the quote...I hope the gardener had a big staff!

Happy Weekend!

XO,
Jane

Buttercup said...

Giverny is one of my favorite places. Thanks for stirring up sweet memories, especially on a cold and snowy night in New York.

Marilyn said...

Oh My ..... Makes me want to get into my gardens but I must wait until May!!
Marilyn

Nancy said...

Wouldn't it be wonderful to see the garden in all it's glory....so beautiful......

I can't image planting that many plants....but gorgeous it would be....

Mari said...

I would love to see that garden!

Joyful Noise for a Joyful Life said...

I thank God for google so I can identify words and plants I don't know. If you had a gardener you would have no reason for a manicure. Can't wait til tilling time again.
Thanks for all your encouragement on my blog. It is so nice to know others are touched by our thoughts.

Chatty Crone said...

I bet you have a beautiful garden. sandie

High Heeled Life said...

Oh to be able to have a garden 1/2 even a 1/4 as lovely as Monet's. His paintings in real life are brilliant!! We spent an hour during our Paris trip in October admiring. I think argemone is another type of poppy, native to Chile or Hawaii .. it would be interesting to know for sure. Wishing you a fabulous week-end..xo HHL

Red Rose Alley said...

I have always loved Monet's paintings too. That is wonderful that you got to spend time in Paris. My daughters traveled there a few years ago, and it really changed their lives - they loved it.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

He must have had a very busy gardener!! I need to be educated about the argemones too. I'll bet this garden was beautiful in a few weeks!! blessings ~ tanna

Antiques And Teacups said...

My goodness...no wonder Giverny is spectacular! How could any one person have time for that! Thanks for sharing that...daunting...quote!
Ruth

Ginny said...

Oh to be able to see the gardens in real life!
I want springtime to come already. I am so tired of being cold!

rosaria said...

We all need a helping hand in the garden. Mine is still in its infancy after nine years.

Kelly said...

I agree. Wouldn't it be nice to leave instructions for someone else to plant and do around your yard? If only.......

Nezzy said...

I'm just tryin' to imagine 300 pots of poppies alone.

'Must be grand to have a staff! Heeehehehe!

Have a blessed week sweetie!!! :o)

Maple Lane said...

Wow! Can you imagine that many flowers to plant?? Thanks for the warm and colorful reminder today.

Shug said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog...I do love meeting new friends. Don't you just love the sound of "Razzle-dazzle?" Puts life right smack dab in the middle of things.
I enjoyed your blog. We are in the nursery business and anything to do with plants is an interest to me...Hope to be back soon...
Shug

myletterstoemily said...

i have really been under-sowing!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Imagine having a gardener to create whatever space you wanted to look at...

Leslie Payne said...

Terra, Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope you'll visit again. My 100-year old father-in-law is a lover of plants and flowers.

When I saw your blog page I was instantly uplifted by the beautiful lily. It's a gray day here and flowers (even a photo) were just what I needed. Thanks!

Annesphamily said...

I love Monet's work! It looks like so much fun! Gardening is good for the soul. Now if I could find a crew to come help me with my barren yard! Sigh!