Monday, February 3, 2014

High Water & Biodynamics

Well, Tuscany has taken on a whole new appearance in the last few days, rivers bursting their banks, impressive landslips, collapsing medieval walls, sink holes and roads disintegrating have become everyday events.

All is not lost though, the sun is making a brave attempt at peering over the top of the mountains and the hedgerows are already coming alive with spring bulbs and wild flowers. I am watching our tulip bulbs growing in a Herculean style and have measured an inch growth overnight this weekend, impressive to say the least.

I am throwing myself head-first into Biodynamic gardening methods this year and am carefully monitoring the lunar cycles.  Taking age-old advice from gardening journals and of-course from other gardeners and farmers in this region.  On the work front we are working on a very exciting garden design for a client near Castellina in Chianti where we need to devise a low maintenance highly resilient garden needing little water.  The garden is located in a micro climate and is more Sub-Alpine than Mediterranean and can reach -15° in the winter and +40 so plant choices are limited.

Initial Thoughts are:

  • Climbers: Wisteria, Jasmine, Roses, Passion flower
  • Herbs & Aromatics: Sage, Rosemary, Lavenders, Thyme, Winter Savory, Feverfew, Camomile, Nepeta,
  • Perennials: Florentine Iris, Winter Iris, Day Lily, Russian Sage, Acanthus
  • Trees: Cypress Horizontalis, Plane, Almond, Cherry
  • Borders and Hedges: Teucrium chamaedrys, Viburnum, Elaeagnus, Bush Roses, Laurel, Buddleia,
  • Roses: Iceburg, Constance Spry, New Dawn, Banksiae
  • Architectural: Box Balls, Low Hedges or Columns 
 Jobs on the to-do list include:

Plant vegetable seeds in raised beds with fleece-blankets
Lay natural paving stones to the courtward garden
Install Wrought Iron Rose Arch at the start of our driveway
Agree summerhouse design
Build log store
Finish Butterfly Garden design

For garden design inspiration why not take a look at our pinterest board: 

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