Devoted to Roses

I love roses. I just can’t get enough of them. yes, they are work…these beautiful plants are subject to fungi and nasty critters; they need to be pruned, deadheaded and given ample amounts of manure in order to display their best. I think it’s worth it.

Pierre de Ronsard, a showstopping climber

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New Trees and Shrubs: Take 2

As promised, here a few photos from the forest department nursery. Wouldn’t you know it…the day before, when I forgot my camera, it was glorious sunny day. The next day, camera in hand, it was the darkest, gloomiest day we’ve had yet this season.

Dark and kind of spooky

I spent the day making [...]

New Trees and Shrubs Take 1

For the last 4 years Hans and I have been buying and planting trees and shrubs that we get from the forest department in Amandola. The forest department here in Le Marche has four different places dedicated to growing plants that are either indigenous to the area or simply do well here.

Yesterday we borrowed [...]

Honey Bees

We have been so busy here at Lavanda Blu, between farm chores, the kitchen garden, guests coming and going, Hans repairing damage to the roof from the snow, my mother visiting for a few weeks and now Hans’ mother visiting, getting the items for our farm shop ready and some really big things coming up [...]

Photos on an early June morning

I woke early this morning and thought I’d dash outside in my PJ’s and take a few photos to share.

Early mornings here are so beautiful, there are so many flowers, the sunflowers are now knee high, the lavender is just starting to bloom and the wheat is turning from green to well, wheat color.

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The Garden Seedling Project, an Update

Some time ago I started seeds in damp paper towels ( http://lifeintheitalianhills.com/february-the-shortest-and-longest-month-of-the-year/) on the kitchen counter.

Overall a success, I’ve planted many of the tiny plants directly in the garden, but a cold front a couple of weeks ago killed my cucumbers and okra. Good thing I didn’t plant them all! Some seeds just didn’t [...]

February, the Shortest and Longest Month of the Year

our-greenhouse

The days are getting noticeably longer, the birds are waking earlier and are singing more, the trees are beginning to bud, and the almond tree is starting to flower.

This is the month where I get itchy to be doing different things, to be outdoors more, and mostly wanting [...]