Monthly Archives: February 2010

Flanders Poppies

Time to plant the Flanders Poppies.   They like to be in the soil and loath being moved,  but I can’ t tell them from weeds when they come up so I start them in little egg crate thingys.  Then I just put those in the soil with the bottoms cut off and they do just fine. I also like to sew a bunch in a pot for the veranda as they look wonderful blowing in the wind under the bunting.

flanders poppies blooming in the yard

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lt. Col. John McCrae (1872 -1918)

Bachelors Buttons Prolific This Year

bachelor's buttons growing in the garden last year

Bachelor’s Buttons pictured above are from last spring/summer crop. This year they are popping up all over the garden, as planned when I deadheaded and threw them about all last spring and summer. I will have to cull them, but maybe I can put them in wee pots and sell at a garage sale or something. I love them. They are great in little silver vases in the bathroom, the kitchen, everywhere. They are great by themselves, or with other flowers, icredible with white sweetpeas or ranunculas. I paint them often. Will find a painting to post of them. President Kennedy wore one on his lapel at his wedding.

Monet Painting in His Garden in Argenteuil

Long before Monet created his famous garden in Giverney, he lived in Argenteuil, a rural escape northwest of Paris. He painted many wonderful paintings there, especially scenes of sailing boats on the river, that you would no doubt recognize from any Monet calendar you have seen or owned. (if you haven’t been lucky enough to see them in person at a museum). This is a painting by Auguest Renoir of Monet Painting in His Garden in 1873. According to the National Museum of Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia: “Monet returned to France from London in 1872 and settled in Argenteuil (a town on a picturesque stretch of the Seine, eleven kilometres from central Paris), where he lived until 1876. His contemporaries Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet and Alfred Sisley joined him and, for a time, Argenteuil became a hub of artistic activity. It was during this time that Monet created some of his most characteristic paintings. In order to observe the effects of sunlight on water more closely, Monet often worked from a boat-turned-studio. In Argenteuil, the rust-red boats, painted in contrasting colours to the blue water and sky and the green water plants, are depicted surrounded by shimmering light – perhaps the true subject of the painting.”

Monet painting in his garden in Argenteuil as painted by Renoir

Nowdays, Argenteuil is also well known for its White Asparagus. Yum!