Arne and Annalisa

Blasippor, Vitsippor and Varlok these are the names of  wild spring flowers that Annalisa sent from Sweden to Chianti.

She has been staying at Ancora del Chianti in the beginning of April. They enjoyed art, food and nature of Chianti and they ofeten had nice walks in the surrounding fields and forest. We both like wild flowers, so simple and delicate.

That’s why once back home she sent me a lovely letter with nice pictures of the typical Swedish spring flowers and left a review of her stay with us.
At our arrival there was a flower and our names on our door, just Laura!! We had some nice spring days at Ancora del Chianti and the beautiful Toscany. The good breakfast indoors around the table together with the other guests we nice. Every morning Laura spent some time with us and there were chats on different subjects. We were happy to have chosen Ancora del Chianti and would be glad to come back, e.g in autumn. If you are planning a visit to Toscany go there! 17 April 2011 Annalisa and Arne”

Iris Triumph

This year a miracle happened at Ancora del Chianti.

At last, we had our irises flowered and we could see their colour after a crested porcupine ate the roots a few years ago in one winter night.

Irises are a very slow growing flowers. They are very easy to multiply (just plant a piece of broken root) but they will grow as a proper plant in about 3 years and a full group of flowers in about 3-5 years depending on the variety.

Usually friends give us. Most of the time what friends give us is a mix of roots and it is hard to tell what colour exactly they are. This is why I was so curious to discover…..and when the plants were ready for flowers the crested porcupine ate (and mixed) them so……other 3 more years before we could admire the irises!!

But this year no porcupine in winter time: irises had their long and strong stalk late May and in mid- June they started to flower. It is impressive to see the gentle development of the flower afterwards. The flower has a very geometrical and rigid shape in contrast with the end of the petals that are are so delicate and smooth that the wind can move the terminal part. And last but not least the smell is amazing…..expecially for the white ones.

For more pictures go to our Flickrs Page.