Well no “Plant of the Week” blogs for the last two weeks as we have been on holiday. The first time for many years ,we chose a short cruise taking in several horticultural destinations that we’d been wanting to visit for ages, Giverny, Tresco & the Eden Project. If asked, prior to our departure, which destination we were anticipating would be our favourite,  I think we would have both plumped for the Eden Project.

We were amazed!! Giverny won hands down.

The lily pond and Japanese gardens were beautiful; but what really took our breath away was the wonderful planting around Monet’s house.There were beds and beds (10 or 11 I can’t remember) of mixed planting, roses, shrubs, grasses, perennials and  annuals all colour themed and quite narrow in comparison with some of the usual mixed borders we see here in the UK but utterly stunningly beautiful.

The plants that really inspired me were the huge range of Dahlias that I’d not seen before. I’m no dahlia expert, I grow perhaps half a dozen different ones from year to year mostly to use as cut flowers. I realise that specialist growers and the National Dahlia Collection have a huge range but have to admit that until I saw them growing at Giverny I hadn’t appreciated the impact they can have in a mixed border or just how stunning they look. I am truly now a dahlia convert and have the National Collection catalogue to hand to choose some for next year. I am , of course , hampered by the fact I have a miniscule garden…………… however that’s never yet stopped me buying plants!

My only criticism of the garden at Giverny is that very few plants were labeled and so I shall have a very hard job identifying the dahlias I’d like to acquire, still there’s nothing like a challenge!


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