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Wind Surfing - Lake Garda

The pessimist complains about the wind;

The optimist expects it to change;

The realist adjusts his sails.

William Arthur Ward


Kite Surfing  - Lake Garda

When the wind blows up around Torbole, Lake Garda, those in the know trim their sails and exploit the wind!


Balconies and roof gardens filled with flowers - Limone

Limone may sit nestled at the foot of the mountain, the houses carved into rock but wherever there is space, no matter how small;  there is a garden. Balconies festooned with vines and brightly flowering geraniums, roofs burgeoning under a forest a planters and pots. Geraniums overflow from pots perched on balconies, steps and window boxes, adding colour to the old traditional buildings. Even in the narrow alleyways the street gives way to a gathering of pots of palms and citrus accentuated by lilies or other bright flowered plants. The tiniest gardens are filled with fragrant herbs and fruit trees, pomegranates, grape vines and flowers. As we climbed the steps toward the Church of St Rocco a tiny garden supports fragrant culinary herbs. It was lovely to see Lemon verbena ( syn. Aloysia citriodora, Lippia citriodora) in flower. Mine is puny in contrast! Over the craggy rock wall a large Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) drapes itself. Once you accustom your eyes to look; there are plants and gardens everywhere – you just need to remember to look up…


Lemon Verbena Tea

A few freshly picked, Lemon verbena leaves added to a pot of boiled water, cover and infuse for 3 – 5 minutes, strain and serve, for a refreshing but relaxing drink. Or allow to cool and add ice  for a long cool drink.

The leaves can be picked any time or dried, they hold their fragrance for a long time and can be added to pot pourri or be used to deter moths. Enjoy 🙂

Lemon verbena

 Rain soaked Rose

As you climb the path to the ticket office, be surprised by a little garden hut brightly decorated and warm welcome – even the tickets are a work of art! A map lists the trees and sculptures, even now I’m astonished at how much there is to be enjoyed in the garden – and that’s before you consider the planting 😀

Under leaden skies and drizzle; the orchids were a burst of colour, most were at eye level so they could be really appreciated. There were several varieties scattered around the site. Many different countries are represented throughout the garden including Bougainvillea which abounded in our African gardens. The plant list was useful when coming across something unusual…

Hidden in the gardens are a wealth of stunning art works including ‘Mostri Sputani‘ (Spitting monsters) created by Andre Heller;  or  ‘Homo Horribilis‘ quietly eating himself. There are plenty of well known artist’s work to be discovered as you traverse the garden.

Don’t rush through the garden or you may miss a few effects, mist suddenly covering the pond, causing the sculpture to become more malevolent! Mosaic creatures lead the way into the garden as you start to climb the hill but there is just too much to see, you do need to go around at least twice. Look up also, sometimes the sculpture is above head height…

Rest room Art

And when you need a rest stop? Even the loo has art to admire…

Crane sculpture

Among the Acers, a crane spreads her wings as if about to take flight.There are several different ponds or Lago including Lago Monet, Lago Koi, Lago dei Poeti beside the Cactus house. An Ivy tunnel, Rose garden, African Savannah, rocky areas and small ‘mountains’ to climb, from where you can survey the garden and realise you’ve missed half of it out!

Above are huge Purple Amethyst from Uruguay, truly impressive. We spent a few minutes walking around them to convince ourselves that they were real. ‘Ivy’s tunnel‘ ends (or starts) with a large wooden heart, there is so much whimsy and love in this garden.  Linger in the rose garden and inhale the delicious sweet fragrance. It was good to visit early in the season before it becomes too hot. We returned full of ideas for our own garden…

Rose garden

Hope you feel inspired today too – thanks for stopping by!