I have a young olive tree in my garden; I bought it from a seller with a truck along the roadside, not much hope there I' m afraid. I have no idea what it really is, I mean the botanical classification but anyway it's a kind of homage to Italy because together with those lovely… Continue reading A Tragi-comic Story with an Unexpected Happy Ending.
A Little Bit of Unpretentious Heaven.
Go outside and relax....NOW!
Last garden outing? Surely not
The latest outing was planned and organised by the Garden Club of Monza, not as well-attended as it should have been unfortunately. And the weather ...... awful ,after a wonderful week of sun, anyhow we went up to ..... the nursery Anna Peyron. We had been there before, in fact it's where I first got… Continue reading Last garden outing? Surely not
We British are obsessed with the weather. Of course. It's exciting, variable from minute-to- minute because it's an ever-changing kaleidoscope. I remember calling my cousin and asking if predictions were good for my summer holiday in England. "Well", he said " we had summer last week on Wednesday afternoon". Here in Italy we don't actually… Continue reading Weather
But I always thought we ENGLISH invented roses….
Yes, well along with everything else worthwhile: cricket, all dressed in white on the village green, bucolic!; afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches (no crusts) and scones with raspberry jam and whipped cream; a proper breakfast with cholesterol-busting bacon, eggs beans, hash browns, fried bread; the weather with information on the best places to experience it… Continue reading But I always thought we ENGLISH invented roses….
An almost perfect day (or the art of making the most of what you’ve got)
I overslept, not you would think the best way to start a day but there it is. I decided to do something I'd been neglecting but which fills me with happiness, take a stroll around the garden and take photos. I started off in the far corner to admire my handiwork on the winter jasmin… Continue reading An almost perfect day (or the art of making the most of what you’ve got)
After my last post, I really think we need to lighten up, what say you? There's lightness in the night air here in Lesmo. After maybe 3/4 years' wait, one of my Brugmanias has flowered. Champagne occasion! I bought 3 of them from Hayloft's remembering the 3 beautiful trees (then called Datura in my old… Continue reading Lighten up!
Cold cold January
What a weird month. Freezing cold, sunny and warm, fog, a whole year's weather in a week! But it's rather exciting, never quite knowing what you'll get. I'm still struggling with my greenhouse problem. I'm finding it really difficult to keep above zero on the very cold nights. I'm keeping my fingers crossed in the… Continue reading Cold cold January
All over bar the shouting!
Christmas comes, Christmas goes, so does the New Year. And do we ever say anything interesting or original about them? Does anyone? No, just same old , same old. The usual litany of daft diets, of vows to be healthier , of New Year's Resolutions to break forthwith. But, we are having wonderful weather, frosty… Continue reading All over bar the shouting!
Cold and Frosty mornings.
My body hates these cold and frosty mornings, it feels stiff and anything but supple! But my eyes don't. When I look out of the window and see the blackened branches against a lurid sky, I'm reminded of the Yugoslav naifs.My ex loved these paintings so much that I actually painted one for him! Mine… Continue reading Cold and Frosty mornings.