“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 rhapsody 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…
“I must have flowers, always, and always.” Claude Monet
I hope you enjoyed visiting with me today.