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.

2 September 2019

My endless procrastinatory musing this afternoon has been about horseflies. Gadflies. March flies. Cleggs (who knew?). There’s a point just after you take the final fork into our lane – up above Mario’s house – where, from early August onwards, clouds of … Continue reading

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13 August 2019

Today is textbook torrid. Gloomy. Airless. Leaden. Even when things stir a little, what’s moving oozes so much heat that you wish it wouldn’t. It reminds me of when northern visitors (none this summer so far) come to stay in … Continue reading

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1 August 2019

Eight weeks with no rain to mention then boom! 56mm last Saturday in a show of pyrotechnics the like of which I hadn’t seen for a long time. We went to bed around midnight with the bottom field (beautifully mown, … Continue reading

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24 June 2019

Our chilly, wet May disappeared as if someone had thrown a switch somewhere, turning on a magical flower-filled and ludicrously hot (25-30°C/75-85°F) June, from one moment to the next. This week we’ve been promised a heatwave, with temps rising to … Continue reading

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30 May 2019

I’ve been trying to stop people (including myself) moaning about this wash-out of a May by telling them that they’ve forgotten all about last year, when the heavens dropped a record 180-odd millimetres on us during the month which should … Continue reading

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