Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… well, not so easy at the moment, but it might be for this fish. We’re STILL having earthquakes - yesterday and the day before, after a week or more of relative silence, we got more rumbles - 3-point-somethings - just enough to wake or shake you, and remind you the living still isn’t easy around here…
It takes a few years for things to get settled around here as I have no master plan or budget to speak of, and early spring (now) is the worst time to see the water pots and pond of the Galeazza Garden - but doesn’t it look great in mid July!
I remember first seeing this flower in pots in a small French town near Albi. I wanted it immediately! This plant has spread from the Himalayan mountains through gardens and into streams and woodlands of Europe. It’s considered a terribly invasive weed in the UK and Germany and I don’t know where else, but here in Italy it would quickly die if I didn’t love and nurture it in the shade garden. It just can’t stand the summer sun and drought of this area .
It’s interesting how what is a nightmare weed in one country is a dream flower in another - it all depends on climate and growing conditions. Here I could rip them all up in a day if I were afraid of them taking over, but it has taken me a few years of babying and watering to establish them, so I’m not about to!
Same story for our floating water hyacinths - what totally clog the rivers and choke out native plants in frost-free areas are sold as novelty aquatic plants here in this part of Italy - brought inside for the winter and pampered until spring, when they can go back outside into the pond.