On Tuesday morning at Monet’s garden

We found it covered in heavy dew.

I made two entries into my journal



On my second morning in the garden

I’m struck by the details.

Granted it is a mass of abundant bloom

But it is the detail

That draws me in.

The light streaming through the poppy leaf

Highlighting the drops of dew

Along it’s edge.




Resembling firecrackers

As they go to seed.IMG_0353 (1)


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And bugs.


Details take time.

Time to slow down

Enough to notice.

To breathe them in

To ponder them

To absorb them.

In most of my life

I am not a detail person.

I see the “big picture”

And look forward.

But over the years of gardening

I’ve trained my eye to look

For the details.


And thankfully

My brain

Has trained my eye

To slow down.

To stop

To take it all in.

Being here at Giverny

In the quiet of the morning.

Allows the time

To see and feel the details

Of dew

Of new flowers opening.

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The last of the protective shell

Of a poppy blossom.

Before it hits the ground.

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This place is magical

I can see why Monet was such a productive artist

With this to inspire him.

The painter inspires the garden.

The garden inspires the painter.




This morning the garden

Is bathed

In heavy dew.

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It coats

And nurtures

Each leaf

And blossom.


A giver of life

Refreshing the blooms

For another day.


So what is my heavy dew

Refreshing me each day?

What do I allow myself

to be bathed in?

What oozes into my pours

To nurture me

For the new day?



“It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way.   So we must dig and delve unceasingly.”
Claude Monet

Once again the really good pictures are Debra’s!

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