Pre-spring in the garden brings out some of my favorite blue-colored flowers. In addition to the regular irises and two kinds of bluebells, the garden is currently loaded with volunteer borage plants and the two big patches of evansia irises.
This has been a cold winter with a bit of snow. Some of the tender stuff in the garden, like the clivia, is frost damaged, but most of the plants have come through fine. Some, like the succulents and cacti, have actually seemed to thrive.
Photo by Rick Gush Because of the abundance of rock in the soil, Italy is covered with rock terraces, like this one found next door to my studio. One thing that Italian agriculture has in abundance, particularly here in Liguria, is rocks. Except for the big flood plain called the Po river valley in the area […]
Most people might think all those Roman ruins and medieval castles and paintings are the most notable historical artifacts in Italy. Personally, I think the thriving small-farmer culture that still dominates Italy is the most important gift from the past.