Along the walkway, in front of the American Museum, are a series of ‘rooms’, small areas, enclosed by hedges and themed in colors. This is one of the ‘Blue Rooms’
The American Museum showcases works from American artists. The museum also welcomes both American and French students with grants, to live, study and paint at Giverny….
Photos are not allowed inside Monet’s house, which has been perfectly restored to reflect life with Monet. One is allowed to take a photo from Monet’s bedroom window, which gives a lovely view of the walled, Norman gardens below.
Visitors are not allowed on the interior paths of the walled garden… which means one gets to take photos without the tourists hordes.
One of the many side paths in the walled garden. The day we were there was a public holiday in France, VE Day. There were crowds everywhere but the gardens are very well managed… As you can see by the lack of people in the photos.
Of course, we did get there in the morning before the bus loads from Paris.
Another path… With all of the purple, the orange really makes an impression.
There is an underground passage from the walled garden to the water lily pond and Japanese gardens. The wisteria covering the foot bridge over the water lily pond was planted by Monet.
It takes 30 days of water temperatures above 16C (70F) before the water lilies bloom. All I can do is use my imagination gazing across the pond. Meanwhile, that red bush is rather spectacular!
The tulips were about done, but there were still a few prime specimens. Please don’t expect me to tell you what kind…
Did I mention the wisteria being in full bloom?
Just so you know we did more than look at flowers… We also looked at this 12th century castle built by Richard, Coeur de Leon, to defend Normandy from the French.
For more photos – there’s a link to the album in the side bar.