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Growing your own garlic Italian gardener

Growing your own garlic – Plant garlic in early spring, dreaming of Sicily

Spring arrives quite early in Southern California, and I am always excited when I feel the new welcome warmth and the smell of the newly turned earth...
Better Summer Care Makes Better Tomatoes

Better Summer Care Makes Better Tomatoes

The hottest days of summer are almost here, and the tomatoes are setting fruits; it is important now to water, fertilize, and stake the plants so...
Asparagus, a Promise for Spring

Asparagus, a Promise for Spring

Good gardeners always prepare for what the future will bring them. Now is the time to prepare for those succulent asparagus spears that will appear...
Thyme plants

Three Pre-eminent Italian Herbs. Mint-Oregano-Thyme

Fall is here and winter is about to begin, so it is time to go a bit inward, and what better way to do so than to grow some Italian herbs indoors. I...
Wawel castle and gardens

Bella Bona Sforza and her Italian Gardeners

Plants and gardeners are the vital transmitters of culture throughout the ages. When plants move from one place to another in the world, they bring...
The Fresh Scents of Spring: planting Freesias Flower

The Fresh Scents of Spring: planting Freesias Flower

The scents of Freesias in springtime are like the first kisses of ones life. The scent is fresh, exhilarating, and filled with energy. The scent of...
View of Rome from Pincio (The Pincian Hill). Photo credit: Eve Andresson

Ottorino Respighi and The Pines of Rome

Walking up the gentle hills to the Villa Borghese one has an immediate recollection of Respighi’s music that evokes images and feelings of the same...
Sicilian fir tree

The Sicilian Fir Tree

All of us want to preserve and continue our culture, and parts of that culture include the plants that our countrymen knew and appreciated. We...
Via Appia Antica, Rome, Italian culture, Italian heritage, Italian american, Italian news, Italian traditions

The Appian Way: Conduit of Culture

All great cultures and civilization have one essential thing in common. They all have great road networks. Roads, like rivers, are the viable...
The Italian Cypress, Image of Italy, italian culture, italian heritage, italian american, italian news, italian traditions

Adding Class and Beauty to any Landscape – Italian Cypress An Image of Italy

There are trees that imbed themselves in our individual imagination as well as in the collective images of our minds. I feel this way about Vincent...

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