Spring has rolled out her green carpet

Wildflowers, olivesVal d'Orcia







Spring has finally arrived and the months of rain seem to be behind usSpring carpet now…until the Spring rain! It’s such a beautiful time of year and the views are stunning. Soon we will come out of our winter tunnel when we wind the clocks forward an hour and the days become  longer.
The past few weeks I have been gallivanting about, and the Spring landscapes in Tuscany and the Cinque Terre are stunning.
The green carpet on the hills of Tuscany around Montepulciano and SpringtimePienza is breathtaking in its simplicity. Nature is an evocative master.






Locals are busy pruning their olives and council workers are hard at work lopping the trees along the avenue. As my gardening tour leaders used to say “give a man a chain saw and he can be positively dangerous – boy pruning they called it when the tree looks more like a stump!Olive pruning

Council pruning






Almond and cherry trees in full bloom, lead the way on our hike around the Chianti hills.

And even my little garden has a show of daffodils and jonquils and my banksia rose is now lusciously green on the archway.

Wildflowers Spring Cinque Terre






Yellow and white wildflowers enhance the trails at the Cinque Terre, violets peek out between the moss, and irises and delicate snapdragons create an instant garden. Buttercups burst out of the old and new dry stone walls, or cover the scars of an old ruin.

Buttercups CornigliaButtercups









The sea is calm and people lazily fish enjoying the sunshine as the early tourists strip and soak up the sun on the beach at Monterosso.
Monterosso, Cinque Terre






Fishing nets

Serious fishing hasn’t started yet as can be seen  by the nets stacked up at Monterosso.

While tourists laze around or sport T shirts and shorts along the trail, locals tend the vines, tying them up with fronds of ginestra (broom).Tying vines

Vegie patches are dug over leaving a few black cabbage plants still going strong while some early lettuce varieties are already sprouting.vegetable garden






And when hunger strikes, the “Siamo Fritti’  ( We’re doomed!) the fried seafood takeaway at Riomaggiore has hardly a queue, and I’m next after the cat!Takeaway Riomaggiore


Ps And Spring is in the air even downtown as a Spanish visitor to the Uffizi Gallery stripped in front of  Botticelli’s “Venus” yesterday!