Companion plants….

I like gardening and it is really fun and very fulfilling when I can see my plants grow well even in small plots. One thing that I have discovered this summer is how the technique of companion planting (planting together 2 or 3 kinds of plants together) can really help in protecting plants from pest and keeping them healthy, meaning, you don’t need a big piece of land to have a vegetable garden and to have a good harvest. Coincidence or…

Effects of planting together: Eggplants + tomatoes + stringbeans and celery.

And…

Tomato sauce (tomato sauce + olive oil + garlic, oregano, salt. Sauté for 15 minutes) + grill the eggplants + cut in small pieces the mozzarella.

Baking tin + spread a layer (3 tablespoons) of tomato sauce + a layer of grilled eggplants + tomato sauce and mozzarella. Do this procedure until you have utilized all the grilled eggplants. Top with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Bake at 180°C for 30-40 minutes. Serve hot.

Oh! The original recipe is with fried eggplants.

The joy of sowing and harvesting…

Goodwill

An act of kindness,

When you say “hello” and smile

When you ask “how are you” and wish someone the best

When you help someone to make a dark day bright

It is when you plant seeds of kindness and at one point in time you reap its fruits…

A phone call + an unexpected handmade gift “i dolcetti siciliani alle mandorle” + a smile and a hug… but the most important gift of all is knowing that a seed of goodwill sown years back has grown into a beautiful and robust plant of true friendship.

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!

Crocus Flavus

September here in Italy is a beautiful month for me because it brings the lavender and fuchsia colors of the Asters and the golden yellow color of the Crocus Flavus plant which was a heartwarming gift from a now retired officemate.

The crocus flavus plant is a very easy to cultivate plant. After its flowers have withered and the green leaves starts to turn yellow, all I need to do is cut it until the base and it starts to produce flowers again at the end of summer/beginning of autumn.

With peppermint plant…

Even a plant can be a good reminder of a person who will forever have a special place in my heart.

Wishing everyone a nice day!

Mushroom exhibit

“Mostra micologica di Zero Branco, province of Treviso

One of the best things to do here in the province of Treviso is to visit exhibits and town festivals. The following are some pics from the Mushroom exhibit during “52° Sagra del Peperone”; Zero Branco (TV), Italy

“La Sagra del Peperone” – The Bell pepper festival

Zero Branco, Province of Treviso, Italy

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!

As another week unfolds

I fill my thoughts with all the beautiful things seen until this day

I dream of new opportunities and positive experiences

I hope for new ways to understand the connection between life and time

My past is nothing but a guideline to the present

The future is a dream, almost within reach.

Campo Tures 2019, Alto Adige, Italy

Wishing everyone a pleasant and fruitful week!

I dream of blue skies, cool air, a mountain and fields with flowers

I hope the ticks will not find me.

Villa Parco Bolasco, Castelfranco Veneto (TV), Italy

A romantic garden…

Wandering thoughts

Refreshing hues of green

A memory.

Sophora Japonica Pendula…A Sleeping Beauty for more than 100 years.

Villa Revedin Bolasco.

A particular staircase that caught

my eye. “Lo scalone del Meduna”

Le scuderie – the Stable

A romantic garden to help me understand even more, that life is a journey, sometimes in search for the hidden priceless “gems”… a landscape created by man and nature to give generations to come an amazing gift that could last forever…

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!