Rosa ‘Letizia’ of the Past, Present and Future - For Jose Marini, who gave me this rose bush early this spring because it refused to flower at her house. And soon we’ll have to move Letizia again, poor thing.
I learned today it’s LUtea, not luTEa, as I’ve been saying for a couple years now… che figura di merda! This thornless beauty, one of my favourites, was a gift from my rose specialist, Claudio Baldazzi.
b) if they would actually survive. They look really sad inside those garish boxes…
c) what makes this company “green” - I ‘m preparing new pages for the galeazza website, and I just wrote about how many companies slap that word on everything - and here they go again… I bet they’re absolute planet destroyers!
Rosa ‘Ballerina’ comes back to Galeazza Garden for a second performance in mid to late August. She’s a bit hot and tired now, and not as impressive as she was in spring, but it’s good to see her again.
I once had a problem identifying the problem of a sickly rose that was here in the Galeazza Garden, so when Claudio “Rose Man” Baldazzi came for a visit this past winter I asked him what he thought the problem might be. He not only knew what the problem was (now I forget) but he even knew what kind of rose it was just by the shape of its thorns.
At the time I was astounded by his knowledge of plants, and then I learned it’s not so incredible, really - its just a question of experience. In the same way that he can tell roses from their thorns, I would love to one day identify pumpkins by their leaves, and beans by their flowers. I’m already getting there - it’s just a question of remembering! Fortunately these photos will help - as will the limited number of pumpkins that I’m attempting to grow this year: only five!
These big round leaves are from a plant which makes big round pumpkins (not sure this is a rule you can normally follow, but in this case it works). The large leaves in the photo are of Cucurbita Maxima, the “Big Max” pumpkin. Seeds from LIDL. Not really a huge pumpkin, but heavy enough to be tricky to carry long distances without dropping - and never by the stem… oh, and a deep dark reddish orange, which is cool. Edible, yes, and good for a Jack-o-lantern, too!
This rose is historically important, but it gets bad-mouthed for its expolsion of flowers, here and gone before you know it. I don’t care - it smells amazing, is a soft white, and is lovely to touch. It’s headed up the castle wall and toward an elm, and I’m guessing it’s going to be huge in no time. You already know my secret - lots of chicken poo!