23 Mar 2014

Italy: the garden in March


Early morning during our recent time in Italy.  There had been an overnight frost that particular night. Thankfully, it didn't last long, which was a good thing as the night before a nephew, who lives next to us along the lane, came to give him a hand to cut up some wood for the fire and for storing.
Nearby our neighbours were doing the same and thinning out some of the patches of woodland.




Another task was to prune some of the fruit trees and vines (some of the old branches and last year's growth) and mend the wires and some of the supporting posts on the pergola. 





The remaining vine branches and some young fruit trees were then tied to the wire supports using flexible young willow shoots. 
The cut vine branches are bundled up, stored so that they dry out and then used for kindling. 



The two bay trees by the front drive had been shaped into three balls, but as they were growing too high to trim safely it was decided to cut the top ones off.


It's always satisfying when all these routine seasonal tasks are completed and the garden looks tidy again.  In between there are some simple lunches with delicious food and last year's new wine to enjoy.


Frappe or crespelle are sweet pastries eaten just before Lent at Carnevale(Lent 1st Thursday)



17 comments:

  1. Your husband looks like he was having fun taking care of his land and trees. It's always so much work to get a yard cleaned up after winter, but it is also so nice to be outside again after the long winter.
    Cindy

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  2. I love the idea of using the young willow shoots to tie the vines to the supports. It's all looking lovely. Crispelle look lovely too!

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  3. i like the photo of the lunch, beautiful to look at and i am sure wonderful to eat... i was wondering if you could burn the vines, then you answered that question... it is always so satisfying to get a task done like this one. i like all those beautiful fences to

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  4. It is wonderful to see around your lovely home Linda, and the Crispelle looked delicious and very pretty.

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  5. Lots of wood ready for when you need it! The crispelle look lovely, so crunch and delicious!! xx

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  6. Looks like rewarding and enjoyable work, Linda. You have a lovely stockpile of logs for the colder evenings too. Crispelle looks very tasty:)

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  7. The firewood looks good - Nothing as welcoming as a log fire when the weather turns cooler.

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  8. Oh I do enjoy sorting wood, you have a good stash there. We have been clearing branches and storing wood too, we hope to have a log burner soon so will have to build a good supply.
    How lovely to have vines and your own wine, those lunches do sound delish!!! xxx

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  9. Would love to try one of those Crispelles - the tasks in the garden are never ending, but your husband has tackled your Italian garden really efficiently. I always think that the Italians and France know much better than us exactly how to prune their trees. It must be something that they grow up learning and understanding. We just lob bits and pieces off our trees without exactly knowing what we are doing.

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  10. It looks like hard work, but satisfying to think that it's now done. A meal made up of simple food is quite often the tastiest, I love that kind of lunch.

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  11. You ended with that gorgeous spread on the table and I forgot my earlier thoughts...flew right out of my brain. I think I had been recollecting how good it feels to get that spring clean-up done and getting the scene pulled back together. For us, that all happens in the fall when we return to Florida to find the "jungle" in our backyard...the summer's untended growth must be pruned back so we can entertain our winter guests on the patio under the palm trees. The hammock comes out after all the weeds and leaves have been pulled away from the stone inserts between the pavers...lots of work but good for a couple of people who don't like to sit still for too long...

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  12. Such a lot of work yet so rewarding. The lunch looks delicious. Your banner photo is wonderful.

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  13. Hard work but rewarding, I do hope our olive grove and garden are being lovingly cared for still. :)

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  14. The lunch photo looks so good! :)

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  15. I can imagine you are very busy when you visit your house in Italy in the spring.
    It is so beautiful there. Love seeing the little sweets and your lunch too.

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  16. Hi there, We are back from ANOTHER trip. This time we were in Georgia checking out yet another waterfall... Check my blog today when you get a chance.

    Love seeing photos from your Italy home and the area around there.. SO gorgeous.. BUT--it looked like you two were really busy when you were there.. Glad you had some great food though.

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. You should be set for chilly evenings with all of that wood. But goodness, Mr. P on that ladder makes me nervous!

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