Lavenders

You can’t beat Lavenders for foliage fragrance and summer color. There are many varieties from dwarfs to 5′ shrubs. Lavandula ‘Grosso’ Lavender  & Yarrow (Achellia ‘Sunshine’) Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Blue’ is a dwarf variety. Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas) Dwarf Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas ‘Ron Lutsko’) Lavandula stoechas ‘Ghostly Princess’ Lavandula allardii ‘Variegata’ Dwarf Lavender (Lavandula…

Venice

The garden tour is officially over but I have a day on my own in Venice so I will show you what I find about this city. A group of us decided to go together and hire a guide to take us around. There were 5 of us and Cristina Taddeo was a superb guide….

Verona and Venice

This is the last day of the garden tour and there are no gardens in this post but there is interesting history. I will be on my own in Venice tomorrow but will send a blog showing what I find. We stopped in Verona for a guided tour of the old city. They were having…

Tyrol Castle

The post on Trauttmansdorff Garden was too long so I will post the rest of the day’s activities on this new post. Some scenes on our way to the castle. There were a couple of castles along the way and apple orchards. The Tyrol Castle that we saw was a complex of several buildings inside…

Dolomites

We have stayed at such a beautiful hotel these 2 nights that I have to show you before we start our tour of the Dolomites. The grounds of the hotel go right to the beach at Lake Garda.The name of the hotel is Dulac Et Du Parc Grand Resort View from my room Some of…

Lake Garda

The largest lake in Italy is Lake Garda and we visited 2 wonderful gardens there today. HELLER GARDEN There are so many plants in the Heller Garden that there is no chance for a weed to get established. There are plants everywhere among the tall trees. It is a whimsical garden with a lot of…

Lake Como

We saw 2 gardens at Lake Como and another one not on the itinerary. The roads around Lake Como are so narrow that 2 cars can barely pass. When 2 buses meet it is a big problem. Our bus had to back up. VILLA DEL BALBIANELLO Here are some views on the way to see…

Switzerland

The first garden we saw today was in Lombardy, Italy then we crossed the border to Switzerland to visit another garden. VILLA CICOGNA MOZZONI Entry courtyard Note how fresh the colors are on the ceiling frescos because the sunlight can’t reach them. The frescos on the south wall are faded out by the sun. The…

Lake Maggiore

This lake reminds me very much of Lake Tahoe. It is a resort area with expensive houses and beautiful views. It is at only 750′ elevation so there are many subtropical plantings here. ISOLA BELLA With over a half million visitors every year this island, in the middle of Lake Maggiore, is a very popular…

Piedmont & Alba

Piedmont is the state in Italy that is north of Liguria and Alba is a small city in Piedmont. We went to one beautiful garden and then had lunch in a castle. TRAVEL IN PIEDMONT There are many farms and vineyards in Piedmont among the rolling hills which make for a very picturesque landscape. This…