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.

aiuola fiorita

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…

Orticola 2022: everything you need to know about the 25th edition of the Milanese market exhibition

Orticola returns in its historical guise on the second weekend of May, bringing with it a fundamental message for human well-being and health.
Plants, flowers and gardens are a primary good for man as well as constant contact with nature.

Walking in a park or in a wood, cultivating a vegetable garden, working in the garden and staying connected with plants are all actions that help develop and maintain constant psycho-physical well-being.
Orticola’s goal is to reach anyone, showing once again that the benefits of plants and nature are innumerable and available to everyone.
In a world that increasingly leads us to move away from greenery, increasing our pace, the level of stress, for example, staying in contact with plants can help us live better.

25 years of Orticola in short

The first edition of Orticola dates back to 1866 and was held in the hall of Palazzo Dugnani, one year after its foundation.
The first edition in Palestro in what have become today the gardens named after Indro Montanelli is dated 1996.
From the 37 exhibitors of the edition at the end of the 90s, we have reached 160 of this edition, without counting the numerous initiatives that, over time, have alternated and have enriched the Milanese market exhibition. We can remember, for example, the Grape garden, that of the Butterflies or the Garden of Fabrics in 2006, up to the Flower Gardens born in 2011.

Peony Orticola Milan

Roberto Gamoletti, author of ‘Orticola Milano’ has been dealing with the hybridization of peonies at an amateur level for 25 years and has been a member of the American Peony Society since 2000 where he has registered, to date, ten hybrids, seven of which are shrubs.
From the passion for peony and gardening, very particular hybridizations and colors were born, including the Peony Orticola Milano, a herbaceous hybrid, early flowering with semi-double flowers, slightly scented.
The plant can reach a height of 76 cm and saw its first flowering in 2014, about seven years after the seeds germinated.
Since 2017, the subsequent multiplications and selections have been followed and operated by the G&G Buffa nursery in Poirino in the province of Turin.

The Nymphaea thermarum in Orticola

Only for this edition Orticola will host a unique rarity all over the world. This is Nymphaea thermarum, an aquatic plant in Rwanda with a very special history. The Nymphaea thermarum lived in a small spring which, due to the exploitation of the waters, has disappeared.
Only thanks to the restoration of some seeds and the great work of Carlos Magdalena, a botanist from Kew Gardens in London, was it possible to save this unique plant from extinction.
Water Nursery, a Latina nursery specializing in aquatic plants and engaged in the research, cultivation and conservation of ‘native’ and endangered plants, will bring Nymphaea thermarum to Orticola.
NT is a difficult plant to cultivate and, given its rare characteristics, it can only be grown indoors with the right conditions.
It is not for sale but will be a gift for the association’s collection, as well as for the Botanical Gardens

The other plants of Orticola

The Marrubium friwaldskyanum, exhibited in the Cascina Bollate stand, is part of the typical flora of Bulgaria.
It is a species considered in danger of extinction and inserted within the protected areas of the European ecological network ‘Natura2000’. Anthurium luxurians is a particularly rare Anthurium, but in May will be present at Orticola!
Plant that Plant, located near Malmö in Sweden, will present an initiative linked to the benefits of indoor plants, in particular to some species that are particularly suitable for growing in the home.
Philodendron, Anthurium and Monstera, are the most used to decorate rooms, as some can adapt to the lack of lighting and humidity in the air. Monstera obliqua, immortalized in the 2022 image by Orticola, is a species of the Araceae family, native to Trinidad and tropical central and southern America. Like other plants of the genus Monstera, this species is an epiphytic climber (that is, it grows on another plant, from which, however, it does not derive nourishment, as well as numerous orchids). Its inflorescences become bright yellow.

Orticola per Milano

For 25 years, Orticola di Lombardia, a non-profit association, has donated the proceeds from the organization of the exhibition market to the city green; in particular, following the agreement with the Municipality of Milan, a part is intended for the Indro Montanelli Public Gardens and, in particular, for the arrangement and care of the Cerbiatti Flowerbed in front of the Civic Museum of Natural History. At the Perego Garden, in via dei Giardini, ordinary and extraordinary maintenance activities continue, as well as the growth, care and maintenance of “L’Altra Pergola.
Homage to Leonardo “, the mulberry pergola, just like the one depicted in the fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, realized in life-size in the Cortile delle Armi of the Castello Sforzesco da Orticola di Lombardia in 2019, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the master’s death. Orticola’s commitment is also aimed at maintaining the Garden of the Royal Palace where, on an old parking lot, an oasis for a pleasant stop in the heart of the city was born. Other initiatives carried out by the Association in favor of the city, are the management of the Entrance Court of the Gallery of Modern Art. In recent years Orticola di Lombardia has also redeveloped the external perimeter, which opens onto the portico, of the courtyard of Palazzo Dugnani, with the creation of a back on which wisteria climb, while the gate has been covered with roses.
The Flower Gardens of CityLife are always active in Viale Eginardo, built over an area of ​​approximately 3000 square meters. Another project is the Ceresio Investments teak benches around the city. For some years Ceresio Investments has been a corporate partner of Orticola di Lombardia and has given away numerous benches to Milan, which are positioned in the Milanese public gardens, to find the benches just turn around the city and look around.

The free courses of Orticola

Around the exhibition-market, some spaces for gardening courses dedicated to adults and children. The calendar of events will be updated on the official website of orticola.org

All info for visitors

Orticola
exhibition-market of flowers, plants and unusual, rare and ancient fruits
from Thursday 5th Mayfrom 14.00 to 18.30
Friday 6 May, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May 2022 from 9.30 to 19.30
at the Indro Montanelli Public Gardens in Milan Entrances from via Palestro, piazza Cavour and Palazzo Dugnani via Manin 2

The purchase of tickets is exclusively online on the orticola.org and midaticket.it sites. Tickets are available for purchase at a cost of € 12.00.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO PURCHASE THE TICKET ONLINE DISCOUNTED FOR € 10.00 FROM 21 MARCH TO 21 APRIL.






My plant&Garden 2022:everything you need to know about the Milanese international green expo

Myplant&Garden is back from 23 to 25 February 2022, the Milanese international green expo.
Lively green, flowers, cut, machinery, design and landscape, pots, nutrients and seeds, services, decorations and accessories are the main macro-sectors around which the event develops.
Almost 700 brands on display transform the FieraMilano-Rho pavilions into a gigantic greenhouse of four and a half hectares dedicated to every moment, aspect, opportunity, vision and innovation of green-living. From laboratory research to the most advanced services, from the most traditional proposals to the most modern productions, the plant world, materials, projects, knowledge, science and creativity will be present in the new edition of the International Green Exhibition. At the service of collective well-being, the culture of greenery and commercial channels.

To date, there are 115 official delegations of international buyers from 30 countries, especially from Europe, the main outlet market for Italian products (84% of exports), the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East (emerging market).
The presence of large distribution brands (Garden Center chains, GD, DIY, Home & Garden, e-commerce), of well-known names of Real Estate, of the Public Administration, of municipal technicians (Environment, Green, Public Works sectors)
), the management of parks, gardens, historic houses, botanical gardens, sports clubs and associations, hotel chains, universities, and thousands of operators in the supply chains.

Green connection

attrezzi da giardino

The best productions, the most important brands, the protagonists of the market and the culture of greenery meet at Myplant to confront each other in a marathon of meetings and activate new synergies. Dozens of in-depth and comparison appointments, many of which in collaboration with the Orders and the main representatives, leagues, professional associations, trade confederations. The calendar of events dedicated to green sports, tree-climbing landscape, fashion shooting, floral demonstrations, exhibitions, weddings, points of sale, motorgarden, design, construction, innovation and trends is very rich.

Among the curiosities in Myplant, the treeclimbing trials of the lumberjacks, the gardening demonstrations, the contests with the world masters of floral decoration, the oldest fruits and the most recent innovations, settings for wedding ceremonies, new botanical hybridizations, garden centers of the future, secular olive trees and mammoth bonsai, rivers of blooms and monumental cacti, organic and eco-sustainable productions, smart gardens for the home, equipment for vegetable gardens and gardens, eco machinery and wi-fi for the care of greenery, new patented plant species, clouds of tillandsia, hydroponics and aeroponics, vertical greenery for interior design, traceability and product safety, outdoor flooring with high durability even in hostile and high-performance environments, soil stabilizers, bio-accelerators and plant growth propagators, eco-sustainable and biodegradable pots, herbs and cactaceae, new accessories and equipment for points of sale …

The Myplant pavilions

Pavilion 20

Pavillon 20 is an invitation to grasp the potential of an increasingly necessary synergy between the world of green architecture, urban planning, supply and maintenance of greenery, be it sports, public, private and hospitality.
This is the sense of the continuity of the spaces between the major brands of the green supply chains – motor garden, trees, lawns, outdoor products, construction materials … -, the participation of professional studios, the area dedicated to meetings on the project, the landscape and sport. From living green to infrastructures, from regulations to supplies, the Sports Green becomes the heart of institutional and commercial relations of a fundamental sector for the economy of the entire country.
The Landscape Area offers visitors product previews, innovative materials, quality projects, special initiatives, meetings with key players from the world of business and architecture, PP.AA. and delegations looking for customers, suppliers, services, ideas and solutions.
Urban Green Management is the section reserved for the management and implementation of green and naturalistic heritage (agro-engineering, agronomy, phytopathology, enhancement, programming, diagnostics, survey, sharing of orders …). UGM is made up of the best entrepreneurial and associative realities with complementary skills, engaged in the same sector

Pavillon 16

Inside the pavilion there is a huge range of horticultural and horticultural products (from herbs to indoor plants, from bonsai to cactaceae, from succulents to green coatings, from fruit plants to trees …), services for markets and businesses ( logistics, software, graphics, printing, distribution …), of vases and containers (from nurseries, shops, domestic, outdoor and urban furnishings, of every shape and material, with a large presence of recycled and recyclable materials), of the technique in general, from substrates to nutrients, to solutions anti-parasitic.

Outdoor area pavilions 16-12 - Demo Area

In addition to the important showcase inside Pavillon 20, an outdoor testing area is reserved for the motorgarden, tools and equipment sector between the Pavillons. 12 and 16 by Formazione 3T.

 

Pavillon 12

Pavillon 12 – introduced by an installation by Bloom’s Accadamey – Patrizia Di Braida Floral & Event Designer with Italian flowers supplied by AFFI – Associazione Floricoltori e Fioristi Italiani – presents a double tour: on the one hand the world of flowers and decoration from which related activities branch off; on the other, technology, greenery and accessories. The Décor District is the lively arena of floral and botanical decoration and creativity, venue for contests, shooting, laboratories, debates and workshops with the great masters of floral decoration, floral design ateliers, international collectives, industry trendsetters. As a side dish, the very important product offer for professionals of the flower and decoration market.
The other part of the pavilion is reserved for a wide and large selection of horticultural, floral and nursery proposals from Italy and the world, where the product offer is divided between greenery, accessories and an increasingly complete review of products and solutions for the protection and yield of productions (both for soils and for plants – from pesticides to pesticides to pesticides, nutrients with fertilizers, fertilizers, substrates, soils …).
Here you will find the set-up dedicated to the garden outlets of the future: Garden Center New Trend, particularly innovative in terms of concept, set-up,
product and thematic contents – with a range of exhibition, commercial and service proposals for Gds and the world of distribution. There will also be an important competition initiative by FIORItales, the new multi-channel publishing project resulting from the collaboration between Myplant and the Green Laboratory Editions dedicated to professional flower communities. A B2B project that sees the constant growth of attention from florists and decorators.

The special initiatives

Partner of Myplant for the 2022 edition, PANTONE® presents a preview of the spring / summer 2023 color collections based on the new Metaverse palette, a source of inspiration for the entire Décor District.

“The partnership with PANTONE®, which will be present at the fair, offers the international community a new way of conceiving floral decoration, giving space to creativity and beauty by intercepting the next color trends from the most authoritative source on a global level. Over the next few years, the unprecedented palette presented at Myplant will become a central element of inspiration for the colors, the formal, aesthetic and emotional suggestions it arouses “.

Within the Décor District, international trendsetters from the world of floral decoration, fashion and wedding will offer their exclusive interpretation of the new trends. Exhibitions, flower-fashion shows, debates and workshops will investigate the Metaverse, accompanying experts, operators, academies and visitors on an unprecedented journey into the colors of the future and into the future of colors.

My plant Tech

It is the connection point between research, businesses and markets, aimed at promoting the world of innovation in the green supply chain sectors, aimed at Green Business & Innovation Technology. Real and virtual exhibition space, it will highlight technologies, research and experiments to discuss the issues of Ecological Transition in the fields of cultivation, gardening and landscape, in an area characterized by high interactivity, with live demonstrations and dedicated workshops.
Faced with the current and forthcoming challenges that are now essential for the whole world, the green supply chains have many arguments to develop: from phytopathological protection of the land to policies to combat climate change, from water saving solutions to the use of carbon-based equipment. free energy, from the development of bio-architecture, high-yield greenhouses, hydroponics and aeroponics to the contribution in favor of environmental sustainability, from the drive to chemical and genetic research to the constant study of new hybridizations to the incentive for the circular economy, from biofertilizers to precision agriculture, from the protection of biodiversity to food safety, from the natural fight against fine dust and pollution in general.
A list of things, visions and predictions that it requires to be able to be analyzed continuously. “What Myplant intends to activate with MyplantTech is a place where specific and sectoral knowledge and skills meet, cross and fertilize each other, in the name of a broader vision and a long-term horizon. By producing concrete, tangible, verifiable, salable and affordable innovation. “

 



Sky farm

During the fair, the winner of the I Giardini di Myplant (5th ed) creative design competition called Sky Farm will be announced. The theme of the competition, promoted by Myplant in collaboration with the Minoprio Foundation and SATAC SIINQ and coordinated by arch. Umberto Andolfato (AIAPP), was the design of a vegetable garden (Sky Farm) on a portion of the roof of the newly designed destination center Caselle Open Mall (COM), located in Caselle Torinese (TO) near Turin international airport Sandro Pertini.
The aim of the competition was the conception of a large green roof area (project area size: 3,900 square meters) equipped with educational, multisensory, rehabilitation and convivial paths, contemplating the presence of traditional and automated ground garden gardens and transparent structures for hydroponics, aeroponics and aquaponics.

Conferences

Horticulture, green management, construction and landscape, garden retail, sports green, technological innovations, decoration and flowers, greenery and health: these or macro-themes that will be explored in the very rich program of conferences, meetings, workshops and meetings at Myplant 2022.
The large green community of experts, operators, technicians, associations, orders, companies and institutions returns with pride and safety to the pavilions of FieraMilano Rho.

Myplant 2022: a unique wealth of knowledge available to all representatives of the vegetable and built green supply chains.
Discover the constantly updated program of meetings on the Myplant website:
https://myplantgarden.com/convegni2022/

Where, how, when

MyPlant&Garden
Fiera Milano Rho Pero 
February 23-25, 2022
info@myplantgarden.com
 www.myplantgarden.com

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!

How to choose the right tree for your garden

Choosing a tree for your garden often turns out to be a difficult and important decision because a tree, you know, is not only a fundamental element from an aesthetic point of view, but almost always becomes something very long-lasting over time that could last longer than life. same as the house and the people who live there.
Its location, the color of its flowers, the size it can reach growing up are just some of the first factors to consider when we go to a nursery to choose one or more trees to be placed in the garden. But it is also necessary to keep in mind the climatic area in which we live and the not negligible “design element” of the garden, that is to think of our tree in the context of an area in which other shapes and colors will also be present such as hedges, flower beds and maybe some fountain, pond or garden furniture areas such as tables and chairs for example.

How to use the trees

If we want to avoid planting trees at random, finding ourselves after a few years with large and imposing branches that enter us from the bedroom window or, even worse, with large and imposing trees that can be a reason for discussion with the neighbors, we must first all decide how to use our trees.

  • Isolated trees: this “method” is used above all in the simplest contexts to highlight a single tree of which we can decide shape, color and as much as possible;
  • Trees as structures: in this case we can use trees to better define or enclose a particular environment;
  • Aligned trees: We can use solemnly aligned or more informally grouped trees for different purposes such as delimiting a property boundary or delineating an avenue. We can also use two neighboring trees to “frame” a landscape or to create an archway to access an area of the garden for example.

The unmistakable Tuscan landscape where the use of aligned cypresses serves to delimit the boundaries of avenues and gardens
Photo by Klaus Stebani from Pixabay

Ornamental features of trees

  • Leaves: the leaves are undoubtedly the most important decorative element of the tree. The color, the shape, the dimensions and also the texture present on the leaf surface, which determines the quantity of reflected light, are elements to be taken into great consideration. Shiny leaves, for example, are the brightest ones.
  • Flowers: the flowers are a little lasting presence compared to the life and the long season of the tree but still appreciated and decorative. We can also choose trees with fragrant flowers that can add an additional attraction to our garden such as Acacia dealbata or those with more summery scents such as Magnolia obovata or Plumeria Rubra. If you want to have a lot of flowers, the advice is to choose a sheltered location for your tree.
  • Fruits and berries: there is no doubt that some colorful berries or fruits can compete with flowers in a beautiful garden. Take lemons or figs, for example, which are decidedly decorative when loaded with fruit. But remember that many fruit plants need mild climates to thrive and that many birds are attracted to ornamental berries that show off intense colors at certain times of the year. the Sorbus acuparaia or Rowan of the fowlers, for example, is attacked by birds when its berries are not yet ripe.
    A different fate happens to the hawthorn (crataegeus): its fruits always arrive late and remain until late spring. In any case, it is always good to discuss with your trusted nurseryman to choose the right plant for climate and geographical area.

Trees for the garden in brief

Trees for small gardens

Maple (various species)

Birch (various species)

Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum)

Winter beauty
and with decorative flowers

Mimosa ( acacia dealbata)

Photo by Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from  pixabay
Photo by Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from pixabay

Magnolia

Photo by Jaesung An from Pixabay

Plum trees, especially the Japanese varieties, bloom in early March with beautiful colors

Trees for pots

  • Araucaria ( big photo)
  • Cordyline Australis
  • Dracaena draco, the Dragon tree
  • Grevillea robusta
  • Salix caprea
  • Taxus baccata

Milk or aspirin? Do they really work with flowers and plants?

The myth of aspirin, milk and their use as fertilizers with flowers and plants has always been one of the doubts and curiosities that pass through the minds of more or less skilled gardeners.

For years on our site, the articles dedicated to these topics have been the most read and commented on and, for this reason, we have decided to dedicate a single article to some experiment that compares these particular and unusual DIY “fertilizers”.

On a Sunday in June, we started our first experiment with calla lilies, glasses and, of course, milk, water and aspirin.

                          The conditions

Before starting this small experiment, it is good to specify what are all the conditions (place climate, etc.) in which everything was done: we are in late June and outside it is getting quite hot, with maximum peaks of 28-30 ° C.
However in the house (where the glasses with calla lilies have been placed) it is quite cool and the temperature never exceeds 24 ° C.
The flowers are in front of a very bright window which in the late afternoon is exposed to direct sunlight (the window is partially closed, the glass open).
The calla lilies, as mentioned, were grown in the garden and come from the same group of tubers, same vase, same planting period.

21st June 2020

From a vase in the garden I cut 3 equal calle but of different color. They are all from the same pot but from three different bulbs (they are part of a stock of five bulbs that I took in Holland a few months ago).

On the left the yellow calla is immersed in a glass of milk, the white one in the middle is in a glass full of water in which I have dissolved a 400mg Aspirin C, while the third on the right, purple, is in a glass of tap water.

22nd June 2020

After 24 hours from the start of the experiment everything still seems calm.
Only one thing seems clear: the calla is a flower that resists well after being cut.

But if we take a closer look, some small differences can already be seen:

  1. The purple calla immersed in water is perhaps the least fresh of the three and, moreover, the water level in the glass is the same as yesterday morning.
  2. The white calla still looks beautiful, although it has slightly lost its pure white. The water level (with aspirin) is the one that dropped most of all. Compared to yesterday, in fact, the level of the water / aspirin mix has dropped by approx. 3-4 mm.
  3. The yellow calla seems to have just been cut and has not changed in the least since yesterday. The level of milk in the glass has dropped by about 1 mm or less.

23rd June

We are on the third day and our little experiment with milk, calla lilies and aspirin has started for 72 hours now.
The three flowers still look good but it is the contents of the glasses that has changed in these 3 days.

  1. The purple calla in the glass of water is perhaps the one that shows some slight signs of slowing down: it is bending due to its weight but still remains in good shape. The water level does not go down.
  2. The white calla in the glass with water and aspirin is still well supported. The water level in the glass is the one that drops faster and now the color of the water is taking a mixed light greenish yellow color.
  3. The yellow calla dipped in milk is still the most beautiful. The milk in the glass continues to drop slowly and also to thicken. But this is normal after 3 days.

24th June

On the fourth day, we covered the three glasses with a little tinfoil as, especially the milk, it was starting to give off a bad smell.
The flowers begin to show new, obvious, changes:

  1. The white calla in the glass with water and aspirin has completely changed its coloring and has now turned light green, as well as the water in which it is contained. This flower also showed a subsidence on the base and, for this reason, it is now the “lowest” of all. The water level has gone down again.
  2. The purple calla has given up very little and is slowly turning green. The water level in the glass does not drop.
  3. The yellow calla dipped in the glass of milk continues to show no sign of slowing down. The milk level drops slowly. For now this flower wins over everyone.

25th June 2020

Fifth day since the beginning of our little experiment and everything seems quite unchanged compared to yesterday.
Let’s change the perspective of the photo to show a little better the color of the water in the glass with aspirin and also the state of the calla for “whole”.
Otherwise there are few noticeable changes. These flowers are likely to stay here for many days!

26th June 2020

Day 6 from the beginning and everything still seems calm.
From this perspective it is better to see how the three flowers are slowly giving way because of their weight.

  1. Meanwhile, the milk in the glass in the yellow calla is slowly thickening and becoming cheese and, perhaps, for this reason, this flower, which until now has always been fresh and beautiful, begins to show some small signs of drying.
  2. The green calla (white at the beginning) looks like a glass flower and, although it has yielded to the base, it has now colored the contents of the glass of water and aspirin of an intense yellow.
  3. The purple calla in the glass with the water remains stable and shows no obvious sign of change.

26 June ( afternoon)

It is 4..20 pm on the 6th day and, when I return home, here is the first big change since the beginning of the experiment!

The calla in the glass with water and aspirin had the second collapse and came out almost completely from the glass.
Since it is still a little immersed in the liquid, I wait to remove it.
-From now on I will update this article whenever there will be changes.

27th June 2020

As expected, the green calla fell out of the glass with water and aspirin this morning.
By now it was folded in two places and, although the flower was well preserved after these first 7 days, it still could not resist for a long time in this position.

The mix in the glass, now an intense yellow, smells of a very strong acid and, perhaps it is not the right place to keep a flower for too many days. The level has dropped by about 1 cm compared to the first day and perhaps it was this that made the flower too heavy and unbalanced.
Maybe aspirin lends itself better to larger flowers or plants!

We eliminate this flower and continue with milk (now reduced to cheese) and water.

29 June 2020

The heat begins to be felt and, even at home, the temperature has now reached 27 ° C.
The purple calla dipped in water is folded at almost 90 ° but still resists, while the yellow calla dipped in milk, now transformed into cheese, remains in a good shape.

After 9 days the milk level dropped by about 3 mm, while the water level seems stable and equal to that of the first day.

2nd July 2020

As happened with water with aspirin, also with milk, when it begins to become too deteriorated, it also ends up damaging the flower in which it is contained.
And so, this morning, the yellow calla also began to deteriorate and turn brown.
The milk now gives off an annoying smell and, in this state, can do nothing but damage.
In the meantime, the purple calla, despite having yielded from the beginning, remains immersed in water using very little.
The first conclusion would seem to indicate that milk (above all) and aspirin are useful to prolong the conservation of the flowers but, as is obvious, they deteriorate much faster than water over time, bringing the flower to a sudden decay.
The solution may be to change milk or water with aspirin every week but the costs are certainly higher than what would happen with water.

3rd July 2020

13th day from the beginning of our little experiment.
But we are probably now at the end.
The yellow calla is almost completely brown and the milk in the state of maximum composition.
The purple calla, on the other hand, is bent at almost 90 °, now rather deteriorated and no longer shows particular signs of change.

4th Jule 2020

Almost 2 weeks after the start of our little experiment, we decide to end everything.
The yellow calla dipped in milk is now almost completely brown and the milk, transformed into a block of hard and smelly cheese immersed in a white and transparent liquid, gives off an almost unbearable bad smell.
The purple calla immersed in water has lost all its beauty for several days and remains defenseless and folded.

                    Our observations

The milk has certainly preserved the calla contained in the glass best of all (water and water with aspirin) but, being a liquid easily degradable with time and, especially with the heat of this season, it had a sudden collapse after about ten days, bringing with it the freshness of the flower which wilted as soon as the milk began to degrade.
The calla immersed in water with aspirin has had a partial and faster decay but it is the one that, absorbing water faster, has also weighed down more quickly. Perhaps this could explain why she folded twice before falling out of the glass.

The purple calla in the glass of water gave way slowly degrading little by little. Perhaps the traditional method of flower in water still remains the cheapest, most fragrant and safest.
But if you want to dare, you want to extend the life of your cut flowers and you have a lot of milk at home (so you can change it before it deteriorates), this solution is perhaps the best!