There has been heavy rain in the area and it is great. I can almost hear my garden breathing a sigh of relief. Here is the scene at Ponte a … Read the full article
I am back at Casa Debbio. Filippo has done an amazing job keeping the garden alive through one of the hottest summers Italy has experienced for years. Temperatures were close to 40 degrees for weeks on end. There has been little rain and Filippo has been up every second day early in the morning to water the plants. The ones planted last year have done well and the newly planted things have survived.
Last year I bought several peonies from the garden show on the walls of Lucca. 2 of them were tree peonies. I very carefully planted them in pots at Casa … Read the full article
We have done lots of work in the garden at Casa Debbio. Some trees were cut down last autumn and it was all looking a bit bare, so we are … Read the full article
After WWII there was very little money to be had by Italians living in the mountains of the Garfagnana. Woodcutters had no customers so some of them turned to charcoal … Read the full article
With spring now upon us I will begin planting the terrace below Casa Debbio very soon. I am slowly gathering plants as they appear in the nurseries. I found a … Read the full article
Autumn is glorious at Casa Debbio. The road up the mountain to Vergemoli is lined with golden trees. The yellow leaves are falling like rain and soon the trees will … Read the full article