Monday, January 25, 2010

Monet's Grande Allee and more.....



Monet's garden at Giverney is such an inspiration to me. I have been there three times, but never in fall or winter. When people think of Monet's garden, they think of the lily pond. But I think of the Grande Allee. Here it is in winter.


Here it is in spring looking toward Monet's house.




In late summer, Nasturtiums trail across the path.


I was so inspired by Monet's garden that I built my own "grande allee" in our backyard and planted Cecile Brunner roses to climb up and over. To create the allee, I used nine arbors and spaced them apart. These Monet like arbors can be purchased at Kinsman Garden Co.


When we bought our vacation home in the wine country, it came with this arbor path. Concord and Thompson seedless grapes climb up and over.


This arbor can be found at Araujo Vineyards in Napa County.


I found a photo of the walkway at the National Gardens in Athens. It reminds me of our Sonoma style arbor. Another garden to put on my list to visit!

If you ever get a chance to visit Giverny, you won't be disappointed. For more information about Giverny and Monet's home and garden, click here.

For information on the National Gardens in Athens, Greece, click here.

I'm linking up to Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday. Be sure to visit and see other outdoor photography and inspiration.

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32 comments:

Kathy said...

All four are totally stunning Delores. simply gorgeous. Kathy.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

All are absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful post!

And yes, when I think of Monet's Garden, I think of the Lily Pond.

Lori E said...

I am not a fan of the lily pond. I would much prefer to walk along the allee...yours or Monets.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I will be heading there the first week of April, after a week in Paris. I wonder what it will look like then? I will be sure to take many photos and post them when I return.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

p.s I am new to your blog. I live in the Asheville area of NC. We spent a week in the wine country 6 years ago and fell in love. My favorite town was Healdsburg. We look forward to returning one day.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Delores, both of your allees are comparable to the others you posted. Oh how I love the roses growing over the one at your home and the grapes over the one at your vacation home. It all looks so storybook romantic. laurie

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just beautiful Delores...another great post from you...Many blessings to you my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Kristina said...

I think your home with the rose arbor alley is just so inspiring. I'm at loss on finding craftmen in South Florida to do a brink path like that. The paver work I've had done around my home is poorly done. By that I mean they use just roughly hand poured concrete to hold the sides in place. Yours looks like they may have used a nice straight metal form to align their edges with. I know lawn and soil cover many mistakes but eventually the concrete cracks and crumbles. Why do men never pay attention to the details? It drives me mad!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Stunning photos. Your grande alee and arbor path are very beautiful. Love the rose climbers. The photo of the nasturtiums creeping across the path is lovely; did you take it?

Can you believe it's still raining!? Feels like the pacific northwest ha!

Cheers,
Tina

vignette design said...

I didn't take any pictures of Monet's Garden for this post, but I have so many stashed somewhere that I need to figure out how to scan! --Delores

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!!
~Debra
Blog: capers of the vintage vixens

James said...

Every time I go to Paris I plan to go here but never seem to make it. Next time for sure. Your pictures are excellent.

Shirley said...

Really enjoyed the pictures of Monet's gardens! Wonderful

chubskulit said...

What a beautiful place.

Frosty Outdoors

Monkey Mommy said...

Excellent pictures


thanks for sharing

Light and Voices said...

What an idea to build your own garden like Monet's painting. Excellent photos.
Joyce M

Jducks said...

The gardens in Athens and Giverney have nothing over yours in Healdsburg!

Regina said...

Such a gorgeous garden! I enjoy it so much, truly delightful. Thanks for sharing.
Happy outdoor.

French-Kissed said...

Just discovered your delightful blog and have spent almost and hour scrolling through back posts. Both of your homes are gorgeous and I admire your style and desgin interests. I enjoyed my first visit and will defintely return. ~jermaine~

LV said...

All the gardens you shared today are lovely. I can see why you enjoy going to the Monet Garden. It is breathtaking any time of the year. You did an excellent job on your own.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I would love to be able to walk these gardens..what a beautiful peaceful, serene place. You did a wonderful job of mirror imaging your walk.. have you dried out yet? I sure hope you didn't have any damage... hugs ~lynne~

Crystal said...

Oh Delores, they are all absolutely gorgeous. You did a great job with creating your own grande alle, thanks for the tip on where to get the arbors.
I am just loving the views of California wine country, that you show us :)
Have a great week.

ellen b said...

Oh what a lovely space you have created at your home. It really is beautiful. Your vacation home is lovely, too. It really would be great to visit Monet's home and garden sometime...

Crystal said...

Hi Delores,
Thanks for visiting me and leaving your comment. I was in France 3 years ago and back in France last summer 09 and from there went to Italy. I went to Versailles this past summer.

Have a nice evening.

Heidi said...

HI Delores,
Oh those pictures of Monet's garden are lovely, someplace that has been on my travel wish list for such a long time now! But your gardens are just as beautiful, the grape vines are wonderful, and I know with the roses blooming it must be heavenly. Bet they don't look too good after all this cold and rain, though!(My front trellis looks so sad right now, the cecil brunners are fighting for their lives!)
I hope you are feeling better really soon - take good care and stay warm and dry. Thanks for visiting!
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Kathy said...

The photographs you've shown are all gorgeous. Your own grande allee is stunning, Delores.
xoxo...Kathy

xinex said...

I can just imagine how beautiful your grande allee is in person. I am smelling the roses too....Christine

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