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MOON GARDENS IN ITALY
Monday, August 25TH, 2008 by admin
How to Design a Moon Garden in Italy Italy is really the ideal place to create a moon garden with it's clear, warm moonlit nights and the vast array of perfumed Mediterranean plants at the garden designer's disposal. A moon garden is simply a garden, designed to enjoy at night, based around a planting of plants that capture the soft hues of the moon. Plants should be strongly perfumed in order to fill the still, evening air with heady and delicious scents that, together with the sensual moonlight, drench the visitor in nature's sensuality. An elegant white...
Pruning Italian Plants
Monday, August 25TH, 2008 by admin
How to Prune Mediterranean Plants For many of us the thought of a helpless plant having its limbs hacked off by a human evokes a sense of horror and the feeling that the poor plant is suffering a terrible, un-natural ordeal in the process. However by leaving certain plants without correct pruning we are in actual fact creating far more suffering and hardship for those plants and there are some very logical yet natural reasons why... forest fire Many plants in their natural habitat suffer seemingly catastrophic events, which at first glance would...
Italian Vegetable Garden
Monday, August 25TH, 2008 by admin
Advice for making an Italian Herb Garden Anyone who was lucky enough to witness the infamous "Chelsea flower show", just weeks ago in the heart of London will have witnessed the unprecedented increase in the use of vegetables in the ornamental garden i.e. pea plants growing, delicately up wrought-iron supports, ornamental pumpkins and squashes sprawling, boldly through flower borders or dainty, yellow coloured lettuce filling gaps amongst other, more favoured flower border plantings. Well, in recent years, the vegetable garden and all it's wonderful...
The Italian Cypress Tree
Monday, August 25TH, 2008 by admin
The Facts, Cultivation and History of One of Italy's Most Famous Trees Cypress trees in group in Tuscany The Cypress Tree Latin Name: Cupressus sempervirens Country of Origin: Persia/Syria Height: 20 to 25m Uses: Windbreak, furniture/coffin making, essential oil production and decorative use. PROFILE: One cannot think of Tuscany without thinking of the magnificent cypress tree, so quintessential and symbolic of the Tuscan landscape that it has adopted the name of "The Tuscan cypress tree. Although this is a somewhat fitting...
Linking Areas in Italian Gardens
Monday, August 25TH, 2008 by admin
Connecting Areas of the Italian Garden By now a rough idea of the final garden design should be emerging; you have hopefully decided on which style the garden will adopt, where your formal area will be, where you would like to create your garden rooms, informal areas etc and all based around one uniting theme or feel. Now all that's left to do on the garden plan is connect these different green spaces and garden rooms together, in a coherent and attractive fashion. Access needs to be assured to all areas of the garden by means of pathways...
Eating Al Fresco
Monday, August 25TH, 2008 by admin
Advice on Designing an Italian Garden Room ecoLogica: Before finally deciding on a structural layout for your garden consider the idea of dividing up your green space into a series of 'Garden rooms'. Even the smallest of green spaces can de divided into smaller sections, which instantly create interest and provide the illusion that the space is actually larger than it really is! Large green spaces allow the garden designer to create intriguing surprises by dividing the green space into many garden rooms, each with differing styles and...
How to Plant Italian Gardens
Monday, August 25TH, 2008 by admin
Planting and Designing Italian Gardens ecoLogica: Having decided upon a style for our Outdoor room and regardless of whether it will be styled on a Renaissance villa or a rustic Tuscan landscape we can now really begin getting excited at the prospect of actually designing a garden, because from here on in the process becomes very creative indeed. If, as I suggested in my previous article, we decide upon a fusion of both formal and informal styles, and once we have decided upon the space in the garden where we would like to create both these areas,...
Recipe for The Stinging Nettle
Monday, August 25TH, 2008 by admin
An Italian Recipe For Stinging Nettle with Gnocchi There are very few gardeners, or children that have not had battles with the common yet ingenious stinging nettle, but there is more to this plant than may first meet the eye. Urtica dioica is a very common and widespread plant that can be found in Europe, Asia, N Africa and N America and its capacity for inflicting pain and infesting wasteland around abandoned houses is known to everyone. However this plant is more than just a simple nuisance in the garden, it is in fact a valuable herb and culinary plant, which...
Pope's Palace in Italy
Monday, August 25TH, 2008 by admin
A Hidden Renaissance Palace in Tuscany palace in italy The area surrounding Montalcino has been famed for centuries by artists and poets for its beautiful yet peaceful landscapes, comprising of soft rolling valleys and lightly peppered with olive groves and vineyards of superior quality. In fact the Rosso di Montalcino has long been heralded as being the prince amongst the many splendid red-wines that Southern Tuscany has to offer, which, along with the infamous Vino nobile di Montepulciano has become synonymous with superb quality and fine production skills....
Irises in Italian Gardens
Monday, August 25TH, 2008 by admin
How to Use Iris Flowers in Italy colorful Iris flowers Members of the Iris family (Iridaceae) have sprung from almost every country- and every corner of this world can boast at having its own variety. But surely for most it must be Italy that springs to mind as the month of April arrives, with the old stone walls of Tuscany teeming with native blue species, in a region where the flower has come to symbolize much of their history. The Florentine Iris flower, shaped like a spear and rising, elegantly from a poor, dry earth- soon came to symbolize the...

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