We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We're doing NY this weekend. The New York Botanical Garden's Monet Show will be closing soon. They recreated his garden in Giverny, inside the Conservatory, right down to his lily pond and his bridge - painted in his own bridge color.
His gardens were a blooming frenzy of uncoordinated color. Dominant? Roses, Helianthus, and Dahlias this time of year. He scoured the world for interesting plants, and threw them in. In his later years, he only painted his garden.
We love gardens and gardening ideas, getting ready for Spring right about now. I believe that Mrs. BD is finally in recovery from her historic, purist insistence on not mixing annuals with perennials.
Lots of fun pics below the fold -
The two large lily ponds -
He built things he called his "paint boxes" - 2' high raised beds, 4' wide and around 8' long - in which he mixed flower colors
My wife actually did visit Giverny and painted Monet's garden. To her eye -- very professional! -- this assemblage is a like-color-painted bridge and a few water lilies. It ain't a "reproduction." Sorry, Bronx.
I gather the emphasis of the exhibit is the flora of Monet's Garden rather than layout and structure of the garden itself. The bridge is included to for the atmospherics. Still, the construction of the one in the included photos is close enough for government work, in design and color, to one of those I have in my photos. (I pulled the photos out to to see, thankfully I was shooting color negs so I didn't have to look at chromes on a light table)!
I would scan a couple of the images and post them on my site, but this is the second anniversary of my divorce and it would just feel weird putting up photos from our honeymoon.
I fondly remember two summers as a student intern at the NYBG - including potting up poinsettia cuttings in August for the xmas display, and shoveling manure from piles taller than the horses that produced it.
There is a massive behind-the-scenes apparatus of greenhouses and frames to support the seasonal displays, and to house rare specimens and research projects.
The staff back then was a real NY mix of Italians, Irish, Hispanics, a few Asian master gardeners and some old-guard WASPs. I guess I was the token Jew.
A fellow intern gave me my first toke in one of the propagation houses - no, they weren't growing the stuff. And least, not that we knew. But gardeners are generally relaxed folks...