Year 2022

With the arrival of spring, a new flowering season begins for our small garden. Traditionally, tulips and daffodils color the first flowerbed. white, red and yellow, to begin with.

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In mid-May the first roses blossomed…
This year we planted new fragrant yellow / orange roses in the garden
They tend to be a little pink, but let’s see how they will become as they grow up

After the first colored and fragrant roses, the very white ones have also arrived that had already been in the garden for a few years … Let’s see how long this first flowering will last with the heat of late May

We are now at the end of May and the Piracanta has exploded with a white and intense flowering … Who knows how many orange berries this autumn will have if this is the case now?

he one in the photo below is instead a gift that enriches and colors the garden of 2022: Dipladenia is in fact a climbing plant with colorful flowers that must however be followed, especially in winter when it will be very cold in this area and certainly will no longer be in an environment favorable to her as in this period…

Year 2015

1st March

As planned and hoped, begins with a nice flowered snowdrops the season 2015. The melting snow and him, without too much waiting, check the grass and flowers for the first time by stealing at all … even to spring …


beautiful pink and in single file, exactly as they were planted, these Darwin, were the first to go, ahead of even the old ones more mature! Directly from the floating flower market in Amsterdam (Thanks Christiana for gift!), To the hills of Emilia Romagna, the step was short …


Out of every rule these tulips have blossomed with incredible lag behind all others. They are called Ice Cream and have the shape of an ice cream and see them for the first time in his own garden was an immense satisfaction!

I thought flourish in the fridge;-)

All together with a few cm from each other.

By mid-May here is also amaryllis, with all their elegance, beauty and charm … the speed with which they grew was really amazing … From  Netherlands to the sun in 40 days …


In June, and this is the first poppy with its deep red leaves almost no photograph

and with poppies, other small and colorful summer flowers that were waiting with happiness!


Should be white sunflowers but, as you can see from the picture, the yellowish is not exactly disappeared altogether. This hybrid sunflower nice result in the end is a nice large daisy high, for now, one and a half m. approx and the clear color!


Despite the heat and the sun of late July, finally the time has come gladiolus. The bulbs of these towering and colorful flowers arrive from Keukenhof, the famous park of Dutch flowers. Around there, in a small kiosk, one afternoon in late April, I saw them, bought and planted just got home … Here are the results after a few months 🙂

Year 2016

And while the world goes on, what once was a small screw it is about to touch the three meters and around learning!

Even hydrangeas planted last year are beginning to show the first visible results!

They are still tiny but over time grow and enrich the colors Garden ..

Water at will, especially with the early summer heat, plenty of shade, and the results will keep coming!

The First photos of 2016 are dedicated to apple trees, after about a year and a half, he begins to give, in addition to several flowers, even some small uncooperative in view of the final maturation of October. Given the temperatures a bit ‘fresh spring, we thought of a traditional pollination, slipping a feather on the stamens and pistils of flowers …

2018/’19 season

December 4th, 2018: Starting with the blooms in December is never good news. Perhaps a surprise, but the mild climate of these days has also surprised nature and see the first crocuses before Christmas surprise a bit ‘.
Blame the bulbs, the fault of the climate?
We’ll see how the spring will go…


Leaf, dew drops

April 2019: spring began with a dry and mild climate but, after a few weeks, the rain finally arrived … The blooms in our garden are a little late even if the first tulips begin to appear showing a little colored … Protected by wet leaves take their time …

Muscari, floers, garden

The punctual muscari with their intense blue never miss their appointment. As soon as the weather mitigates me and the days get longer, suddenly appearing, bringing color and joy to the garden.


Tulips, flowers, garden

Finally the tulips. When we are almost at Easter they finally bloom with all their beauty and the colors that distinguish them. They certainly could not miss in our garden.

Allium, flowers, garden

Despite the bad weather, even the Allium managed to bloom. It took a long time, because we are over the middle of May and this year the climate is still autumnal.

The time has come for roses too. With the first warmths of these late May our very fragrant rose garden suddenly blossomed like every year.
From now on we look forward to summer flowers and the last blooms of roses.

With great joy and surprise this small but high flowerbed of zinnias, begliocchi (careopsis tinctorium) and flowers that are still blooming and I have not yet identified well, has colored my garden even more.
Purchased in a bag of mixed flower seeds, I did not know until everyone blossomed what I would have had in the garden …
A real beauty in the middle of summer!

This wasn’t the best vintage for hydrangeas, but in the end, a couple blossomed anyway.
The largest plant has produced almost nothing, while the younger, smaller one has managed to give some small purple flowers.


October may end this year full of blooms. If May was very cool, delaying the start of spring, October is giving it mild climates that seem to extend the summer colors indefinitely.

The roses of October are now faded but, after so many blooms, so many attacks of pests, rain, hail and the intense summer sun to see them still bloom is an immense joy. Even the perfume is not sparkling like that of spring but it is there and that’s what counts!
See you next spring!

If you want to have the garden still in bloom in mid-October, zinnia is for you.
In spring I found in a nursery a bag of mixed flower seeds from which these colorful zinnias have sprung up, they seem to never want to give way to autumn! As one wilts, a new bud appears and the flowerbed continues to color the garden.
For months.

The lantana, finally, I tried to take it in pot in full spring even knowing that it is a flower that is well suited to Mediterranean countries and climates. However, after a bit of initial “fatigue” I planted it on the ground, where it began to grow and, to my surprise, to flourish again from the beginning of October.
We will see how he reacts to the winter of the Emilia hills.

year 2018

1. We are at the end of March and the first flowers to bloom this year, were the daffodils. Yellow and elegant, as always, color the world and spring.

2. April begins with the flowering of the frittillaria imperialis with its intense orange and its unusual shape

3. In mid-April the daisies fill the lawn while the muscari color the flowerbed blue. The tulips have finally blossomed and, with their colors, brighten up the whole environment.

4. May brings the roses that, with their perfume invade our garden and with their color attract the fascinated looks of everyone.

5. Finally, after two years of planting, the first calla lilies also flourish. Suddenly, on a rainy day at the end of June, with their white whiteness, I find a beautiful flower blooming among the green of the leaves that are growing endlessly upwards.

6. In July the hydrangeas begin to color and our garden is almost complete.

7. August gives us the first sunflowers with their strange pom-poms shape. While waiting for reds to bloom, we enjoy the intense yellow of these.

8. Even the red sunflower blooms when we are at the gates of mid-August. The heat is intense but nothing can stop this beautiful colorful show.

Year 2020

This slightly anticipated spring which has so far kept us anxious about the major problems related to the health emergency of our country, has certainly not stopped the blossoming of first flowers and the advance of the season.
With the first myths of March alone, the colors of tulips and daffodils also appeared

Suddenly we went from spring to winter and, while everything was starting to blossom and bloom, the snow came!
The tulips remained in their buds and the daisies closed again …
While the Daffodils are now braving the cold …

In this way


Finally, after a couple of days of mild weather, the first tulips also started to bloom.
The bright colors of this spring stand out among the yellow of the daffodils and cheer up the flower garden … They are only the first three, but spring begins to be felt now.


They suddenly appeared in the same pot where I planted the first tulips. These purple tulips with geometric and pointed shapes are much smaller but with incredible charm.
Here is the first


Suddenly popped at the beginning of April, this small white flower starts the flowering of a flowerbed of flower bulbs that I bought in Holland a few months ago. I don’t know what flowers will be born but, looking at this, the small bulbs seem to correspond to many white muscari like this.

This flower is also part of the “mysterious” bag purchased in Holland a few months ago. We are at the beginning of May and it begins to open, even if it seems more like an explosion in slow motion.
So, at first glance it seems to be part of the Allium family, but only when it is completely open will it be clear what it is.

Now the doubts are almost gone. Much of the mysterious bulbs contained in the Dutch flower pouch are Allium nigrum or greater garlic.
The height of these colorful flowers is, for now, approx. 60-70 cm and four of these are slowly opening up.
Others smaller, grow slowly. Over time we will find out what flowers it is.

As the blooms evolve, it seems to understand that this Allium can actually be an Allium ampeloprasum. It almost looks like a purple firework which when expanding turns green and, with its colors, fills the garden with joy

This flower is always part of the “surprise” bag of the Dutch bulbs and, although it has cost us some difficulty to photograph it, it seems to be an Allium Siculum.

The first of the two flowers that we gave ourselves with the reopening of the nurseries, after the lockdown, was this splendid alyssum. Here in the Bologna hills, I had seen many bushes grow vigorously and, I thought it was a good idea to insert it among the flowers of my garden

Lavender also immediately went to the shopping cart as soon as the nurseries reopened. I was very impressed by the incredible number of bees that revolved around this fragrant and famous flower and, I thought, my garden could not live without it!

Facelia: the flower symbol of harmony and courage

Plant also used for ornamental purposes, Facelia is particularly suitable for fertilizing the soil and for the production of honey. in this article we will go into specific detail on all aspects of this beautiful plant.

Facelia is an annual plant belonging to the Hydrophyllaceae family and is of Mexican and Californian origins. Equipped with a rather deep root and an erect posture that makes it reach a height of about 1 meter. Its stems are hollow, of an intense green color and covered with a very dense down, while the leaves, also covered with down, are toothed and resemble those of Tansy.

The Facelia produces beautiful flowers also used as cut flowers, they have the shape of a spiral and a blue-violet color. They attract bees and many other hoverflies. Furthermore, the fruits have powerful germinative abilities, in fact when they fall to the ground they are able to generate new plants. It is a melliferous plant, therefore ideal for bees, due to its flowering and the abundant presence of pollen. Moreover, bees find nourishment here even in summer, when usually many other plants have already withered.

The facelia is also used as a natural herbicide, because it is able to release substances that prevent the growth of new weeds and is particularly used for organic agriculture, because it attracts insects Hoverflies useful against aphids.

How to grow it

Facelia easily adapts to bright places, where the sun shines for several hours every day. Its cold resistance is quite good in the first months of development, but it tends to suffer from frost when the plant is more developed. Its cycle ends in winter, when the plant becomes dry and therefore dies.

It must be planted in preferably well-drained soil, although in general it can adapt quite easily to other types of soil as well. It does not need regular irrigation as rainwater can suffice, but in case of long periods of drought it should still be watered regularly. It also does not need to be fertilized, in fact it uses the nutrients present in the soil. As for reproduction, the Facelia should be sown towards the end of February in areas where the climate is mild, while it is advisable to sow it in the spring in colder areas, such as in Northern Italy.

The seeds should be buried about 5 centimeters deep, in a well-drained soil, after about 50 days from sowing they will produce flowers for about two months.

Diseases and treatments

The plant is well resistant to diseases and pests. However, it may be that its leaves take on a blackish color due to a fungus.

It does not require special care, only the infected plants must be eradicated to prevent these from spreading and ruining the neighboring plants as well.

Curiosity

Facelia is considered a symbol of harmony and courage and, thanks to the color of its flowers, it is often also used as an ornamental plant for its beauty that gives a touch of great style to the whole environment.

All you need to know about Tulbaghia violacea

Native to South Africa, Tulbaghia violacea is a rustic plant with a bushy habit.

The plant belongs to the Alliaceae family and is very similar to chives and garlic. Its leaves are narrow and long, its flowers are purple and small in size. Both the stems and the leaves are also used in cooking and its particularly strong aroma can be used as a substitute for garlic.

It is an evergreen plant, although in winter the leaves tend to turn yellow and dry, so it is advisable to prune in late winter.

Cultivation

Violet tulbaghia is an easily cultivable plant, not very demanding and does not require particular maintenance. It can be grown in two ways, namely:

1- Cultivation in pots, therefore ideal for decorating balconies and terraces as well as any other areas of the house where you want to create a corner dedicated to plants.

2- Cultivation in pots, therefore ideal for decorating balconies and terraces as well as any other areas of the house where you want to create a corner dedicated to plants.

The Tulbaghia violacea does not adapt very well to low temperatures and is especially afraid of frost. In the case of cultivation in pots, it is best to repair it in periods when the cold is more severe and night frosts are frequent. In addition, the plant prefers sunny places, so it should be placed in a space where it can receive sunlight for several hours a day. It adapts well to any type of soil, but it is essential that it is well drained. If grown in the ground it is satisfied with rainwater, if instead it is grown in pots it must be watered every 15 days. Better not to abound with watering, too much water can compromise flowering. As mentioned, therefore, it does not require too much maintenance. The only trick is to use granular fertilizer once a year.

Diseases and parasites
It resists quite well to attacks by cochineal and aphids. But if the soil is not properly drained it can cause the roots to rot, therefore it is essential to absolutely avoid water stagnation.

Curiosity

Tulbaghia is a source of attraction for butterflies, and is optimal for creating a garden with a remarkable visual impact. Its flowers and leaves are also used in cooking, for example in the preparation of salads, they can replace garlic or chives. It performs a very useful function against mosquitoes, fleas and ticks and is ideal for the pollination of moths. One last curiosity, in some parts of the world tulbaghia is even used as an aphrodisiac.

Arum italicum (light cigaro): the plant that drives away evil spirits

n botany it is known by the name Arum Italicum, although this plant is commonly called wild calla or gigaro. We are talking about a poisonous herbaceous plant that is not rarely used as an ornament both in the garden and in pots. Let’s see together everything there is to know about this particular plant.

Arum Italicum belongs to the Araceae family and is a rustic plant of European origin; it spreads very much in the wild in uncultivated places, but also on the side of the road or in vegetable gardens. Being a perennial plant, also the Gigaro, just like the calla, has a robust and rhizomatous root that is light brown in color.
This plant has a development in height that on average is around 40 cm and with the passage of time it manifests itself with large and dense bushes.
The leaves arise from a leathery petiole which usually develops with a length of 20 cm; they are shiny and very intense green in color and often show white spots. It is during the autumn season that the leaves are born from the tuber, while in the summer they dry out completely. A small peculiarity concerns the size of the leaves: the innermost ones are always longer than the external ones.
The lamina of the leaves is troubled and has wavy and smooth margins. During the spring season, shapely stems appear among the leaves of this plant; the stems have a green-white spathe inflorescence that ends with a yellow apex. From here small white flowers are born. Arum Italicum blooms during the spring season.
The fertilized flowers united in terminal spikes give rise to the fruits of this plant, which are nothing but small berries with a shiny and spherical shape. Initially the berries are green in color, and then turn into beautiful orange – red berries.
Be careful, because the berries of this plant are poisonous.

Cultivation

From the point of view of exposure, Arum Italicum prefers shady or at most semi-shaded environments.

Gigaro is not a plant that can stand the cold and low temperatures. To cultivate this plant it is good to use a soft, drained soil rich in organic substances.

Watering this plant is not particularly tiring: Arum Italicum, in fact, is a plant that is satisfied with rain and therefore should not be watered frequently.

The only precaution to have from this point of view is during the warm seasons, especially in periods when it rains little. For fertilization, the advice is to administer a fertilizer for flowering plants in liquid form or a slow-release granular fertilizer during the spring season.

Diseases and treatments

Being a rustic and wild plant, Arum Italicum is not afraid of many parasites. On the contrary, it is very subject to water stagnation which, in the long run, can cause the roots to rot. In any case, there are two pests to keep under control: the cottony cochineal and the spider mite. To eliminate these two parasites, the advice is to use a cotton swab with alcohol and water; in the most serious cases, however, it is advisable to purchase a natural pesticide.

Curiosity

The scientific name Arum derives from the Greek Aron which means heat. The choice of the name is not accidental: this plant, in fact, when it is in full bloom it can emit heat. The word Italicum, on the other hand, derives from the locality of its first findings.

Like many plants, Arum Italicum also has a history of symbolism and superstition. In Abruzzo, for example, tradition states that the Gigaro is able to keep evil spirits away, to protect newborn children and to give love to the most unfortunate.

In ancient times, the starch extracted from its roots was used to starch the tissues. The rhizome of this plant was also used in medicine for its beneficial properties, in particular for its purgative and expectorant properties. Remember that it is a poisonous plant: ingesting the berries can be very dangerous, especially in children.

Myths, legends and cultivation of the onopordum Illyricum

The onopordo Maggiore has a very similar appearance to the Cardo, with large and robust leaves at the base in rosette; it is characterized by an erect scape covered with a white fluff. The flowers arrive during the summer season and are pink in color. The fruit of this plant is a cypsela that has furrows that develop transversely and has a bristly pappus. This plant is widespread above all on the northern side of the Mediterranean basin, especially in Portugal, Lebanon, Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily. Over time, Onopordum Illyricum was also introduced in California and Australia. It generally grows on roadsides and in uncultivated land.

Cultivation

The first thing to consider for the cultivation of this plant is the fact that pollination takes place by means of insects; we are therefore faced with entomogamous pollination. For cultivation, the advice is to prepare a seedbed with the arrival of spring and to wait to transplant the young plants until they are the right size. Where the plant grows spontaneously, it does not need great care, unless the foresight is to eliminate the dry parts from time to time. Generally speaking, the plants of spontaneous alimurgic species do not need particular care: it is the natural mother who does everything necessary to make them grow strong and vigorous.

Of the Onopordum Illyricum, the head of the leaves at the base and the unripe inflorescence are collected above all. To collect the head it is good to have a small hoe.

Diseases and treatments

Being a wild plant, the Onopordo Maggiore is not particularly prone to pests and diseases. It is in fact a very resistant species which, as mentioned, does not require particular attention.

Curiosity

In ancient times, this plant was considered a valid test for weddings. The girls of Milo, the locality of Etna, used the inflorescences of the Onopordo Maggiore to understand if their wedding was imminent or not. In particular, this custom was typical of the day of St. John: the unmarried girls went to collect the plant, cut off an inflorescence (better if not ripe) and buried it in a place known only to them. The next day they dug up the plant, crushed it and examined the color of the flowers: if the flowers were colored, then the wedding was near; if, on the contrary, the flowers were white, then the wedding day was still far away. Another little curiosity concerns its names. This plant is in fact also known by the name Trummazzi, or trumpets. This name depends on the fact that when the inflorescences and flowers dry they take on an appearance very similar to trumpets. Onopordum Illyricum can also be called Donkey Thistle, a name that derives from its alleged carminative effects which, according to the ancients, it had on donkeys.