The Italian Gardener

Blood Oranges: Holiday Decorations

The trees of our gardens do have their seasonal rituals. Right now the blood orange tree in my garden is celebrating Christmas and The New Year with...
The Queen Palm, Syagrus romanzoffiana

Lovely, graceful palms from all over the country

Palms hold a special place in my gardening experience. Perhaps this is because as a boy I helped my grandfather sprout and grow coconut palms in his...
Fennel in Spring

Fennel - Finocchio

Fennel, known in Italian as finocchio, is a plant of Mediterranean origin that gives us a piquancy for the kitchen and a graceful plant for our...

In praise of olive trees

Olive trees are the most often cited trees in western literature as evidenced by Lawrence Durrell’s poetic comment, “A taste older than meat, older...
lemons

Exotic lemons

After Goethe had escaped his heavy court duties at Weimar in Germany and passed through the Brenner into Italy, he saw his first lemons growing at...

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