“I must have flowers, always and always.” ~
Claude Monet’s home ~ Giverny, France
Good morning, dear friends. Isn’t Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, France magnificent? It is exploding with color and blooms. Monet thought, “He perhaps owed becoming a painter to flowers.” I hope one day to visit his gardens. They were his love and he spent his lifetime creating them. Truly he was a gifted soul and a marvelous inspiration. His paintings and gardens are captivating. But, did you know he was also quite the cook? I will tell you more about that “At Table.”
You have probably gathered from the title of this post it is all about inspiration. And, Monet’s gardens would certainly be an outstanding source of inspiration. However, even though you are visiting ‘Maison de Jardin,’ perhaps you will see something you would like to recreate or some bulbs you can cleary see blooming in your garden next spring. So come along with me and be inspired. Relax, enjoy ~ it’s a beautiful day!
“Oh, what a dawn of day! How the March sun feels like May! All is blue again after last night’s rain…” ~ Robert Browning
“The first blooms of spring always make my heart sing.” ~ S. Brown
After a long and cold winter, snowdrops will surely make your “heart sing.”
A beautiful and rare snowdrop ~ Blushing Pendant
“Snowdrops: Theirs is a fragile but hardy celebration…in the very teeth of winter.” ~ Louise Beebe Wilder
“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.” ~Algernon Charles Swinburne
“…Then from my heart will young petals diverge, as rays of the sun from their focus; I from the darkness of earth shall emerge, a happy and beautiful Crocus!…” ~ Emily Dickinson
Daffodil, Blushing Lady
Daffodil, British Gamble
“Daffodils that come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty…” ~ William Shakespeare
A favorite of mine ~ Daffodil, Barrett Browning
“Tulips were a tray of jewels.” ~
Pink Parrot Tulips, my favorite.
Tulips, in my opinion, are stunning pieces of jewelry for the garden. They add so much charm and beauty, even though they do have to be replanted from time-to-time. They are worth the effort.
“The whole world is unfurling as the winter makes to leave, like it is stretching out its limbs and learning once more how to breathe. For spring is in its fingertips; the time for sleep is through, and the air is gently humming with the chance to start anew.” ~ Erin Hanson“My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order, and disorder of the flowering earth.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson
I enjoy a little disorder among the order. It reminds me of the Amish. They will often plant a few seeds of corn in their rows of sunflowers to serve as a reminder to themselves and others, they are not perfect.
“I sit in my garden, gazing upon a beauty that cannot gaze upon itself. And I find sufficient purpose for my day.” ~ Robert Brault
Columbine, Granny’s Bonnet
Dear Friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit and, perhaps, have become inspired. With the times being as they are, now more than ever, I feel beauty is a soothing balm for our hearts and souls.
Know how much I appreciate your visit.
I am wishing you a wonderful day. Take Care!
“I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.” ~ F. Frankfort Moore
Images: via tumblr
10 thoughts on “A Garden of Inspiration”
Sandra, I have so enjoyed my visit on this Monday morning. I adore flowers, and this post makes my heart sing! It was the perfect thing to brighten my day. We have had several days of clouds and rain and more are on the way. I’m dreaming of sunshine and pretty blue skies. Happy Monday, and may your day be filled with joy and peace, sweet friend!!!
Flowers do have that magic quality to make us happy. We have had a great deal of rain as well. Here in the mountains when it is rainy, the sky is thick and gray. Like you, I am dreaming of sunshine and blue skies. Wishing you a wonderful day and a great week ahead. Be well, my friend.❤
Good morning Sandra. What a beautiful welcome to spring with the wild cherry trees, crocus, daffodils, parrot tulips, columbine, snowdrops and so much more. Even though I have been to France a couple of times, I have yet to visit Giverny, but it is at the top of my list. You always do a fabulous joy finding the perfect quotes and sentiments to accompany the beautiful images. Wishing you peace and calm today and everyday ♥️
Many thanks, Pam for your kind words. Giverny is at the top of my list as well and the lavender fields in Provence. Wishing you the sun and blue skies today and every day. May we hold each other’s hands during these difficult times. Stay well, dear friend.❤
You must one day visit Giverny. You must — it was made for someone with your soul.
The parrot tulips, in particular, are magnificent. Those photos are splendid.
Thanks, Jeanie – we are working on getting there. Maybe next spring. Hopefully, the virus will be gone by then.
It has been a feast of colour and beauty today, Sandra. Every photo sings. I really love that first photo of Monet’s front door with all the flowers.
Thank you, Brenda. I am happy you enjoyed the post. ❤
Dear Sandra, a thousand pardons because this publication of yours had been lost among the many emails I receive.
Your post is spectacular. I love the variety of beautiful flowers that you show us. I would not know which one to choose … I think EVERYONE !!! hahahaha I love flowers …
Thank you for sharing so much beauty. Around here spring is even more backward. It is good morning but the trees still have a hard time sprouting.
Blessings dear friend
Dear Dolores, our spring here in the ‘West Virginia Hills’, is rather”backward” as well. Our spring bulbs are beginning their show, but the trees are still bare. But she will arrive in all her glory, and this spring, more than I can ever remember, will be so welcome. Beauty is a balm for our souls in times of distress. Blessing, dear one – stay well.
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