Today was an excellent day for me and the Galeazza Garden. First an Italian friend, Giorgio, arrived with a box of Iris foetidissima and a big old clump of snowdrops - over 100 bulbs - and then as I was planting his gifts, more arrived: tons (OK grams) of seeds from a gardener friend in Pennsylvania, Nancy J. Ondra. She not only sent beauties, but also wrapped them all up in the most beautiful little pouches I’ve ever seen a gardener take the time to make! How she manages to do all of that as well as garden and write books and articles and update her blog and take care of alpacas and her home is beyond me. Hers is no amateur blog or garden! You just need to look at all of her hellebore photos and text to understand that she’s a very rare and special mix of artistic talent, botanical knowledge, enthusiasm and discerning tastes! Rock on, gardener friend!