I promised, posts ago, a lighter post, and work deadlines are ‘stressed’ at the moment, so, some outdoor aesthetics that make a life lived better.
This is impressionist painter, and flowery braggart, Oscar-Claude Monet’s (1840-1926) painting of his garden with his family in it:
This is a painting by Mr. Monet of his water lily pond; the most painted water lily pond there ever was or will ever be (probably):
This is a painting that Google-Image says is a painting by Mr.Monet of his garden, but I’m not so sure, and haven’t the time to authenticate the claim. I’ve included it because I like the brighter casting of it:
This is Mr. Monet painting in Mr. Monet’s garden as painted by fellow impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919):
There are no copyright issues for Mr. Renoir painting Mr. Monet in Mr. Monet’s garden, but there may well be copyright issues with me reproducing all these paintings here; if so this is why I think that silly.
This is Mr. Monet’s inevitable artist’s self-portrait painted in 1885 – I explain here why this is inevitable:
This is a photo of my vegetable garden under construction in the Mahau Sound. It’s going to be two waist high raised vegetable clotches, plus a glass house raised to waist height (because why bend over if you don’t have to). There’s the possibility of planting some berries in the spare land in the foreground – raspberries I think. I may have to build – correction, I may have to pay some other person to build a prison of wire and steel poles around and above the garden to keep rabbits and possums out – I’m going to run it for a season without and see:
A friend on Twitter tweeted I should line the bottom of the clotches with the bodies of possums. It’s a very good fertological idea, and yes, a possum is a pest, no denying it, but I’m stupid, well, soft enough to think those cute wee possums with their little pink noses have a right to live, or if not ‘right’, exactly, I don’t care, I won’t be killing them: I prefer to corral them off to someone else’s garden. (It’s a copout in the form of a compromise my neighbours won’t know about because they don’t – to my knowledge – read this blog.)
This Internet site, GardenGrow, will be my planting guide for all things vegetable and herb: it’s the best site of its type I’ve seen; you may want to bookmark it.
This is my favourite gardening blog, Tikorangi the Jury Garden, penned by Abbie Jury, following her and husband Mark’s green fingers in their rare – for New Zealand –private intergenerational garden. They are also into meadows that are in part wild, and this is a fine thing. I’m going to visit their garden one day; I don’t know when.
Are you ready? More water lilies, not Mr. Monet, but American contemporary Graham Gercken …
[The feature painting is Monet’s Irises.]
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