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Monday, May 2, 2011

Our Garden in April - Il Nostro Giardino in Aprile

 

These thumbnails showing tulips, magnolia, camellia, persimmon leaves, nespoli, apple blossom,viburnum, lilac and a walnut tree are from photos taken during the first half of the month and can be viewed in full size here

I share with you here just a small selection of the photographs I took around our garden during April and if you are interested the entire album can be viewed on Flickr.com in the album entitled Our Garden in April.

No Cherry Blossom or Wisteria photographs appear in this post as I have already dedicated separate posts to them earlier in the month titled Cherry Blossom Time and Wisteria – Glicine the latter which I have also chosen, as my Post of the Month, details of which you can find at the bottom of this post.

It has certainly been a month that has seen many gorgeous plants blooming and it has been very difficult to choose this small selection from the 377 photos I took this month. I know I do seem to have taken more than ever, but that includes everything I saw in the garden this month from beautiful blooms and vegetables in the orto to caterpillar nests and decaying wood.

Tulips, looking their best sadly for just a few days.

Viburnum – Snowball Tree

I did not notice the visitor to the bloom when I took this next one otherwise I would have taken a close up of him or her!

The roses have started to bloom.

Strawberries – Just waiting to ripen.

To qualify for Mosaic Monday I obviously needed to include a Mosaic so here are three of our irises, another plant that seems to have grown and bloomed particularly well this year. First to flower were the white ones.                   

Followed closely by the irises with blue and purple tones.

With finally the Yellow and Maroon Irises taking over the display.

Which concludes this months selection.

As I happen to be posting this months garden post at the start of a busy week, during which I may not post again I am taking the opportunity to join in with some of the other lovely bloggers I have met virtually from all over the world at the following parties.  If you call by to visit News From Italy during the week maybe you will enjoy visiting some of these other bloggers via, Mosaic Monday, Bloomin Tuesday, Outdoor Wednesday, Cottage Flora Thursdays and Flaunt Your Flowers for Fertilizer Friday.  Quite a selection of garden and nature lovers in the blogging world!

There are so many gorgeous blogs to visit showing gardens around the world. If you find any new favourites do let them and me know that you did so via News From Italy.

Mosaic Monday

 Its Bloomin Tuesday

   Outdoor Wednesday: Click on the picture below to learn more...  Outdoor Wednesday                                            

   Cottage Flora Thursdays

Copy_of_001Flaunt Your Flowers

 

I have also linked my favourite post of the month from News From Italy to the second in a new series at Happy Homemaker UK

It had to be my post on the wisteria which was fantastic this year.

Wisteria - Glicine

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Welcome to ‘News From Italy’ to the other participants from all the other links, thankyou for calling by. I hope you have found some pleasure in sharing photos from my garden in Italy.

All my garden photos for April can be viewed in my Flickr.com album  Our Garden in April   Copyright All rights reserved by LindyLouMac Photo Collection

Have a lovely week everyone, enjoying your gardens if you have one or if not observing all the beauty around you that Nature provides.

81 comments:

  1. Hi Linda, hope you can still enjoy many of these beauties on your birthday! Have a good one!

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  2. Your photos are so beautiful, I do look forward to your garden posts. Our iris's have just come out and are looking pretty gorgeous too. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely garden with us. :-)

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  3. Such richness of beautiful flowers. We only cultivate geranium/pelargonium, and a lot of them died in one night's frost this winter.

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  4. Beautiful. I wish I had more flowers in my garden. I've decided it's probably too hot for tulips here, and each fall I plan to move my bulbs to a shady spot, but I never do it (and I never remember where exactly those tulips are). Happy May!

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  5. Happy Birthday Linda! I'm a new follower care of Thisisme. Besides being born on the same day, we have a shared passion for flowers. Your photographs are wonderful! I look forward to reading your blog and learning more of what it's like to live in Italy.

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  6. Beautiful Linda! The irises are wonderful in the mosaic. GLad you are having good weather and will soon be enjoying some strawberries!
    Have a good wekk,
    Mimi

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  7. I love the wisteria header. So gorgeous! One of my neighbors has a snowball tree, and it has been loaded with flowers like yours. It makes me happy every time I drive home and pass by the pretty tree. I always look for it! I would love to plant one in my garden.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures from your garden with us!

    (((hugs))),
    Ricki Jill

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  8. Lovely post Linda!
    I took some pictures in my garden too, unfortunately my laptop got broken, so no posts for a while :(
    This year in my garden everything blooms too much early and survives only for a week.
    I didn't visit FB, but got a reminder in my mailbox...happy Birthday! Have a great day!
    xxx

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  9. the photos today are just beautiful.I am amazed at the colors and such a talented photographer you are.See you when you get back,,

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  10. The Irises have got to be my favourites, for those are just the colours that I love! Stunning photos of your garden Linda - such a lot of colour. I loved the Snowball Tree. Oh! Happy Birthday to You! x

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  11. WOW these are so wonderful, lovely garden! I so wish I had a green thumb, I go to other peoples gardens to photograph. We're lucky enough to be in Germany for a few years... a trip to Italy this summer! Thank you for sharing your garden!

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  12. Your garden is beautiful! Your snowball bush is one of the largest one's I have ever seen.

    Thanks for sharing....I love it all!

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  13. Such beautiful flowers. Looks like paradise!

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  14. Your garden photos are lovely. Makes me want to be there. Our azaleas are opening and all the bulbs I planted bloomed. And everything I planted in the fall has survived. You would think if you bought a 45 year old house there would be flower beds everywhere. Sadly, not the case here, only foundation plantings of yews, azaleas and rhododendrons. No beds of perennials like I wish for.
    Nancy

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  15. Linda, the yellow iris mosaic should be framed. What a gorgeous time for your garden. I would be out side all the time. ♥O

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  16. linda, i love the photos, each and every one of them. what a charmed existence you lead surrounded by these beauties.

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  17. Your garden is much the same as ours though I have not got Iris or strawberries to compare. We did though today pick our first cherries. I am so glad as Nigel goes home on Wednesday and he would have missed out! Diane

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  18. Hello from South Carolina. I came by from Thisisme at Southhams Darling to wish you a happy birthday!!! And I'm glad I did because we have wild flowers growing all around us here and I didn't know what they were until I saw your pictures. See that. Meant to be. Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

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  19. Linda,

    Beautiful photos and the mosaics are wonderful. I am a little behind in posting and visiting. Hope to catch up this week!

    Carol

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  20. The photos of the flowers are truely beautiful I love them I was sent over here by thisisme and it was worth the visit.....I am now following you.

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  21. Your photos are truly stunning on this post. It has been chilly, gray and raining here all day and I love how you added color to my evening! We have a few things blooming, but we really need a few days of sunshine for things to take off.

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  22. Your climate in Italy is perfect for growing flowers! They are all beautiful!

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  23. What a fantastic set of flowers. We have flowers all year round but still they do not bloom as pretty as yours, must be the hot sun here. Love them all :)

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  24. Ciao! I missed you! This is gorgeous! I adore your garden!

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  25. You must be daily inspired by all the beautiful flowers and rich colours. Your season is really advanced compared to our Canadian Spring. Lovely photo's and I hope the terrace is coming along nicely. Cheers! Susan :)

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  26. Gorgeous photos and I love all the beautiful flowers in your garden.

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  27. Hi Linda, I think I missed this post as we have been out and about so much over the long weekend. Your flowers, mosaics, post everything is beautiful!!

    I have decided not to post on the other places we visited as it isn't worth it for the small amount of comments I receive and the time it takes me to download photographs etc..

    We did come through Dorking on our way home the other day from Hever Castle and Squerry's Court and the cock was festooned with union flags!!

    Love Jackie.

    PS. six pound is nothing off what I ought to lose in weight!!!

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  28. Happy Birthday to you Linda, hope you are having a special day? I went to view your photographs on Flickr, I viewed them in a slideshow - all I can say is WOW! You have the most fabulous garden, and your photographs are incredible, you can even see the hairs on the bees! I love the name of the plant Jack by the hedge, I havn't heard of that before. The snowball viburnum is superb, I could do some lovely flower arrangements with that. Love to you, Linda x

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  29. You have some gorgeous blooms Linda. I love how full that Viburnum is right now. :)

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  30. Oh, Miss Linda! Your garden is absolutely stunning! I'm oh-so-jealous! The only things that seem to be blooming here in Ohio are the sunflower seeds that my cranky chickadees dropped everywhere while eating this winter! lol! Beautiful photos, Miss Linda. Thanks so much for sharing! And thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. :)
    Take care, and have a great week!
    xoDeirdre

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  31. Hi Linda ~ and happy belated birthday. I hope your day was as special as your beautiful flowers? Your blog is so fun and I'm so happy to have found you through your commenting on mine. The blogging world truly is an amazing place. I hope you will be enjoying lovely strawberry's soon. Have a great week ahead!

    Cheers ~ Deb

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  32. Linda, Your blooms and photos are lovely. I especially like the moasics and the snowball bush. Great Bloomin' Tuesday post! Jean

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  33. Lovely spring images :)
    Enjoy spring and the sun.

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  34. I can only dream of having a personal garden like yours. We live on the first floor of an apartment so no garden. But I am able to witness much nature and beautiful scenery on a saunter around my neighbourhood in Kuantan.

    Duncan In Kuantan

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  35. Beautiful flowers. I'm very jealous.

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  36. A lovely colourful Spring time post. I enjoy seeing the array of flowers in your garden, it must take some looking after.
    x

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  37. Good morning Lindy Lou, your post with your gorgeous blooms is stunning. You have a great talent with your camera and your lovely blog. I truly enjoyed my Spring flower tour.

    Have a wonderful week.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  38. Hello! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and pointing the way to your wonderful blog. I've been looking at your Flickr album and have to tell you that your garden is absolutely beautiful. It's such a treat for me to see those gorgeous blooms this morning. Things are just starting to open up and look alive here in New Hampshire. It's quite late in the year for this Louisiana girl. I find it incredibly exciting that you are living your adventure with your husband in Italy! I'm going to be following along with you. I can't wait to see more. Have a wonderful week! Candace

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  39. beautiful flower photos -
    found your through another blog
    you and your husband are living my dream -
    he is done with the police dept in 18 months
    i hope to rent a house in Italy for 6 months and move there to travel all around that beautiful country
    glad I found your blog

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  40. Your garden must be so beautiful with all those different flowers and plants. They all look stunning and I particularly like the snowball tree - I didn't even know that's what it's called - and the tulips.

    Now, somebody wished you a happy birthday. I've read back and forth through your post but couldn't find any reference to that - these people clearly know more than I do. So, just to be on the safe side, HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY! I hope you've had a lovely time. Lots of Love from London xo

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  41. Beautiful, Linda! Thank you for the tour!
    And a happy, belated birthday also from me, of course! :)

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  42. thankyou so much for your lovely comments and good luck with your pansies,, ours aren't even blooming yet.The ones on my blog were about 10 or 12 years old,, thanks again,

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  43. Wow! What a delectable feast for the eyes!!! Gorgeous photos of your amazing garden! Heavenly!

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  44. Oh Linda I have had to come past that Viburnum again, it makes me go weak at the knees! I went to Claremont Fancourt School in Esher. Thanks for visiting, hope you had a lovely birthday? Love Linda x

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  45. Hi LindyLou!
    Your flowers are stunning! Ours are very, very slow in coming here in the USA northeast zone.
    Today it is very cool and rainy. Our flowering trees are holding on tight to their buds! Only my weeping cherry is blossoming.

    Last night, I got to see my neighbor's photos from her trip to Italy. So beautiful the week they went, sunny ~ aqua blue skies. They went to Venice, Rome, Florence and nearby countrysides. All was so lovely and beautiful!
    Un Bel Paese

    God bless ~ Enjoy your gorgeous gardens!
    Ciao!
    ~Maria

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  46. Hi Lindy your garden must be delightful with a lovely mix of colours - the irises have such a sweet perfume.

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  47. Observing nature is such a source of joy! It grounds you into the simple and greatest pleasures of life! Thanks for stopping by! I am glad you did and I hope to see you again soon!

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  48. Hi! I love your Wisteria! Several years ago, I had an opportunity to go to Ligure region. The air smelled like either Wisteria or Heliotrop..I could never spot it, but it is imbedded in my memory of a wonderful 5 days. sigh. Have a great week! I am a new follower. Blessings! Ciao!

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  49. Obviously, gardens in Italy are beautifully abloom in April. It's lovely to see. I am a little surprised that tulips will grow there since I've thought that Italy would be too warm for them, much the way Florida in April is too warm for them. Wrong again! Your mosaics of irises are beautiful. I hope some irises will be blooming here this year. I planted some last year for the first time.

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  50. That strawberry picture is my favorite!! You are so good at this!

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  51. Your flower mosacis are so colorful and beautiful Linda! Love your Wisreria blog header!

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  52. Linda,your flowers are just astounding!!! Now I get to see the real Linda...gentle gardener, able to coax fantastic blooms from her sleeping garden!
    Rosie

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  53. I absolutely ADORE that snowball tree, Linda! I haven't seen one in years and yours made me smile so happily. :-)

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  54. What a lovely garden! I also meant to comment on the royal wedding post (to tell you we were even glued to it from the office!) but could not leave a comment. After my third attempt today, I hope this one works...

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  55. Wow, Linda, your garden is beautiful – and way ahead of us as far as blooming goes. We are at least a month behind normal here. It's very weird. Glad to see so many new people enjoying your blog, too. :) Happy May! – g

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  56. Everything looks so pretty. I was lucky enough to visit Italy for two weeks several years ago and loved it...would love to go back. Good for your for being bold and having your adventure. You may never want to come back.

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  57. Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous! And your photos are too!

    Have a great day!
    Pam

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  58. Hi Linda! :) You've such an amazing blog and your flowers are gorgeous. I am now following your blog and it'd be great if you can follow me too! :)

    Hugs, PuteriFauziah.

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  59. You have some awesome blooms. I love your roses and the iris's are stunnng.

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  60. Whoa..so many flowers to enjoy, and it's only April for you there...Looking forward to your May flowers.

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  61. Those are some wonderful shots...it looks like the garden is in full bloom right now!!

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  62. Nice pictures. These flowers seem very seductive. Greetings

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  63. Oh, wow, Lindy --what a joy it must be to have these in your own backyard! :) These are gorgeous.

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  64. Very nice, love the snowball bush!!!

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  65. Oh I so enjoyed my visit here and I will be back to check out more!!!Beautiful photos!

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  66. Oh, I LOVE these posts. It's so interesting to see a taster of what's to come over here. Our roses have only justed swelling their buds.

    So many beautiful flowers!

    Sarahx

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  67. Foto stupende!

    Sono arrivata qui da goodreads, incuriosita dal fatto che sono cresciuta nel viterbese...e perché a Marta ho bei ricordi. :)

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  68. Everything in your garden is stunning, the wisteria is amazing. I have never seen a wisteria up close and personal before. Simply gorgeous.

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  69. You have a beautiful garden with many colours!

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  70. Where to start???? Your iris photos are amazing (I am a lover of macro iris shots). Strawberries are looking good, won't be too long before you can enjoy them. The viburnum is amazing. it is soo big. Your place is beautiful :-)

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  71. Your viburnum is stunning...so full of blooms. Thanks for sharing your flowers.

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  72. Incredible photos. Such vivid colours!

    Paul
    http://fromsheeptoalligators.blogspot.com/

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  73. Such pretty flowers. Love the 'snowball' flower! Charmaine

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  74. I was just last week in Tuscany but shooting landscapes and did not see the flowers which I love to shoot. I was there for landscape photographing course but now I would like to have flower photographing course there. You have so much beautiful flowers:)
    Greetings from Finland

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  75. That strawberry looks like it will be delicious! Thanks so much for joining Fishtail Cottage's, Cottage Flora Thursday's! xoxo, tracie

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  76. YAAAY! A fellow gardening blog!!

    Hello Linda and happy belated birthday. You have a lovely garden and THANK YOU for the snowball tree name!!! I have been looking for what these lovely balls are called everywhere!!

    And I am so jealous that you have the tulips. Absolutely gorgeous!

    P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog a while back. I have been absent from the online world for a bit and has just recently getting back on track. So apology for responding late.

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  77. Wow! Fabulous shots!
    You've got such a beautiful collection of flowers!
    Thanks for sharing:o)

    Have a nice and happy week*

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  78. Just catching up on my online reading! Your garden looks amazing. Again, it make me long for our old home & back yard... I try to garden here, but the heat is hard on most plants! Thanks for such great photos!

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