Author Archives: Gardens, Food & Umbria

About Gardens, Food & Umbria

I am a garden designer, working throughout central Italy. I have lived in Italy for over 30 years – for many years in Rome but now in the wilds of Umbria where I have fixed up one wreck of a house, am working on another, and tinker endlessly with two and a half hectares of land, some of which is my garden.

12 May 2019

Every now and then it feels like spring has arrived. Then it stops. With a bang. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve had night time temperatures going into perilously low single figures, snow suddenly reappearing on distant but visible … Continue reading

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29 April 2019

Intermittent rain disrupted my all-weekend grand sweep of weeding yesterday afternoon which was a pain because I’d reached that most rewarding of places: going over beds weeded quite recently. It’s a bit like my Monday to-do lists, into which I … Continue reading

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10 April 2019

Our odd unseasonal drought broke one day last week with a thumping 70mm of rain in about 12 endless hours of downpour. Forecasts presented vistas of dreariness and damp from then on, but not a drop has materialised, and our … Continue reading

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Bitter (Seville) orange marmalade

The first time I made bitter orange marmalade I used my lemon marmalade recipe, on the presumption that the two – both being citrus fruits – could be handled in more or less the same way. But my lemon version … Continue reading

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22 March 2019

I’ve been swamped by a wave of lethargy. Is this my usual change-of-season spring slump – the one that hits me with the same exhaustion every year but always takes me by surprise? Or am I still readjusting to my … Continue reading

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