This morning after breakfast, your private guide and chauffeur will meet you at the hotel and you will drive up to Giverny and discover the Monet gardens. When Monet and his family settled in Giverny in 1883 the piece of land sloping gently down from the house to the road was planted with an orchard and enclosed by high stone walls. A central alley bordered with pines separated it into two parts. Monet had the pines cut down, keeping only the two yews closest to the house to please Alice. From this Clos Normand of about one hectare, Monet made a garden full of perspectives, symmetries and colors. Back to the hotel around lunch time.
Flowering Guide at Giverny:
April: Tulips, pansies, forget-me-nots, narcissi, aubrietas, cherry and crabapple blossoms, daffodils
May: Iris, peonies, rhododendrons, geraniums, wisteria, azaleas, wallflowers, daisies, delphiniums
June: Roses, poppies, clematis, tamaris
July: Roses, nasturtiums, ageratums, zinnias, nicotiana, busy lizzies, verbenas, dahlias, rudbeckias, salvia, gladioli, cleomes, cosmos, sunflowers, helianthus, water lilies
August: Dahlias, roses, cosmos, rudbeckias, hibiscus, nasturtiums, water lilies
September: Carpets of nasturtiums, asters, dahlias, cosmos, rudbeckias