and not only in my backyard, but also in fashion. This afternoon for lunch I jumped in my car, dodged all the incredibly slow drivers and made a bee-line for my own private oasis . . . my garden. I munched down on some rather bland soup (the things we do for bathing suit season) and then moved myself outside to enjoy the signs of spring.
The first of which are the purple iris flowers that are blooming around the front border of my yard. In Italian these are called gigli (one of those very difficult words to pronounce) and in the Florence area tradition wants them to be purple – the official Florentine color FORZA VIOLA!!) They also come in yellow and white, but since I live with a die hard Fiorentine man, they had to be ALL purple. Here are the first courageous blossoms.
Then there is my pear tree, just a wee little thing but with tons of flowers . . . all right tons maybe an exaggeration, but you can’t help but hoping that this years crop will exceed last years (1 pear). This creamy white bloom reminds me of one of the new FORTUNATA handbags that just arrived in a limited Edition series.
If you look real hard – and with maybe a bit of imagination – you can see my blossoming rosemary bush. This makes the best ever roast potatoes. This plant is always admired by my envious neighbors because it is incredibly old and very prosperous. The blooms have a faint lilac color, reminiscent of the Chanel inspired handbag by Cosci.
Then I have a cherry tree, which is just beginning to show its flowers – the thing about this cherry tree is that it looks adorable, has so many lovely flowers and even looks like it is going to stun us with a huge harvest only to end the season with 10 (yes, you can count them on one hand 10) cherries and even those are hard to come by if the ravens and sparrows have gotten up earlier than you.
I have two apricot trees, one is a lovely, sweet, docile domestic tree that has light pink flowers (about two weeks ago) and large plump apricots – its only a baby so its production is a little limited. Then I have a wild apricot tree that produces flaming pink flowers, grows like crazy entwining itself in the fencing for the dog area and producing a ton of very small but sweet apricots – perfect for making jam and salsa.
I also have a fig tree, which doesn’t have any flowers – and at the moment it doesn’t even have any leaves. This tree always has fruit that becomes ripe as I am away for vacation – missing out on that delicious sweet delights.