As I was driving through my neighborhood this morning I noticed that almost everyone in my community had manicured lawns and bushes with pretty flowers in a row. All except one. This house was a replica of Robert Woltanski’s garden in his greeting card painting above. Instead of a lawn there were tons of wild flowers all growing together and I wished that I had done the same thing with my front lawn: colors upon colors, all different lengths and sizes and so simply beautiful and so unique.
When I was in Florence 2 weeks ago I visited the Palazzo Pitti,
the Palace of the Medici family who were the rulers of Florence during the Renaissance. The Palace was bought by Cosimo I’s wife Eleonora di Toledo and after being greatly enlarged, became the Medici family’s new residence. Despite its imperial dominance and décor, the Palace is not as admired as its grounds, the Giardini di Boboli, or the Boboli Gardens The development of the Gardens span 400 years from the 15th to the 19th centuries. One of the highlights is the “Viottolone” pictured to the right.
As you can see, the Viottolone , or large avenue, leads all the way to the large pond called the “Isolotto”. Perseus on horseback is emerging from the pond. Another beautiful fountain is “Neptune’s Fountain, pictured below and called “The Fork” by Florentines because of his trident.
Most of our own gardens offer the same place of relaxation on a much smaller scale than the famous Boboli, and Robert Woltanski brings each of us through his THASC greeting card to the special place outside our back (or in some cases, front) door.
Have a lovely Spring weekend in your garden or backyard.
See you on Tuesday with another recipe from THASC’s kitchen.
Ciao a presto. See you soon!