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Anteprima of Spring

Spring IS coming again this year, my garden told me so. We are having magnificent weather, bright and sunny, several drops in night-time temperatures but milder than last year. I have all this interesting information because I keep an R.H.S 5-year diary, fantastic invention. You can check what you're likely to see , what's early,… Continue reading Anteprima of Spring

My Diary, Trip

I’m just a gal who can’t say GO…

Actually that's not the title of the song which is" I'm just a gal who can't say no and I'm in a terrible fix".I wish I were like that girl because procrastination is my enemy, Thief of my mini holiday!A gal who can't say go, me down to the ground! So, eventually, tardily, tootling along… Continue reading I’m just a gal who can’t say GO…

Seasons

Weather

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

Gardening, Seasons

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….

Gardening, My Diary

Thinking about the garden

I do an awful lot ot thinking about my garden! Recentlly I've been having thoughts about what Gilles Clement calls "Les vagabondes" and everyone else calls weeds. Rather than real weeds from somewhere over the fence, although that particular exchange tends to take place but in the opposite direction, I' m thinking about plants which… Continue reading Thinking about the garden

Gardening, My Diary, Seasons

Lighten up!

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!

Gardening, My Diary, Seasons

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

Gardening, My Diary, Seasons

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!

Seasons

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.

My Diary, Seasons

The joys of learning!

On Saturday I went to the garden centre to join a group making a Christmas¬† arrangement. I love doing these things, it's the one time I feel truly immersed in what I'm doing, in the moment, in the flow. It's an ideal situation, losing yourself among the pine needles and cones, deciding if gold is… Continue reading The joys of learning!