During September, the garden is bursting with bright colors, mostly from dahlias. Here, in the arched path that leads up to the house, nasturtiums spill out onto the gravel pathway. I would love to make my way back in late spring sometime, to see the wisteria vines hanging down from the archways.
Monet lived in this beautiful country home with his family for 43 years, from 1883 to 1926, so he had quite awhile to build up his beautiful gardens.
Every path contains a new treasure of plants and color combinations. Monet has over 200,000 annuals, biennials and perennials on display in his garden throughout the year - that's insane! Monet and his handful of master gardeners since truly are masters of succession gardening, a gardening skill I continue to try and develop.
The sunflower season was just wrapping up during our visit. I was able to find a few stragglers in the mix.
I absolutely love the cottage garden style of the painter's garden, with rows upon rows of various flowers, packed to the brink, but with plenty of space to thrive.
The lavender season had just ended - I bet this path was quite stunning with spires of purple a month or two prior to our visit.
There is so much going on in every nook and cranny of the garden. If I had had more time to explore, I could have walked these paths for hours. I'd love to come back in the spring time to see all the spring bulbs in bloom. Here, you can see some remnants of what appear to be irises.
There were a lot of interesting surprises in the garden as well, plants that I'm not use to seeing in Texas gardens, like these various amaranth plants. It seems that there are some varieties of amaranth that can be grown in Texas. I'd like to give it a try, since it is a unique plant, with very bold burgundy colors that look great in the fall garden.
There were other various surprises in the garden as well, with little treasures everywhere you looked.
I even spotted some plants that are native or adaptive Texas plants, like the Bat Faced Cuphea,
and various salvias (which were favorites among the pollinators).
But the most prominent flower in the garden, by far, were the dahlias. Everywhere I turned, there was a different species of dahlia. Here are just a few...
This little spider found shelter in the dahlia flower petals.
Such photogenic flowers!
I can see why Monet was such a great painter - it is impossible to not be inspired by these amazing views.
We were able to take a tour of Monet's farmhouse. You can tell his love for color went beyond the canvas and garden - the rooms in his home were brightly colored and had certain themes, like his yellow dining room, complete with many Japanese prints, which I'm sure helped inspire his water garden.
Then there is the blue kitchen, with an impressive stove and oven, complimented by various type of copperware.
Peering out the windows, you can see a small portion of his beautiful gardens.
With these beautiful gardens, it is no wonder that Monet is quoted as saying, "I perhaps owe becoming a painter to flowers." Who wouldn't want to paint this beautiful landscape?