Iris Triumph

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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.

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Swallos are born

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Baby swallows are born at Ancora del Chianti and flying now!!

They sing everytime we open the door under the arch because they think their parents are back with food. They open the mouth sometimes as well but unfortunately we do not have any food for the them and we can only look at them with joy and affection.  They have learnto to fly now and it is nice to see the whole family engaged in early evening  low flying in front of our house….tried to take pictures but…..they are too to fast!

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Events in Greve & Co

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 Here for you the most interesting events from 12th July to 15th August in Greve in Chianti and surroundings. Time to stay out in evening with open markets and music concerts.

Enjoy and Partecipate!

Thursday 15th July: Stars and Merchants in Greve in Chianti. Evening market with kraftmen, artists and brocantes. From 6pm to 11 pm.

Friday 16th July: Daniel Ferro Vocal Program: opera music concerts in Castello di Verrazzano at 8.30 pm.

Saturday 17th July: Open Market in Greve, main square, 8am-1pm.

Sunday 18th July: Open Market in Panzano, main square, 8am-1pm.

Sunday 18th July: Classical Concert in Lamole. Opening of the summer concert season in Lamole at 5pm, at the Church. Ticket Euro 10.00.

Friday 23rd July: Daniel Ferro Vocal Program: opera music concerts at SanDonato Church in Lamole, at 9.00 pm.

Saturday 24th July: Open Market in Greve, main square, 8am-1pm.

Sunday 25th July: Open Market in Panzano, main square, 8am-1pm.

Tuesday 27th July: Music Summer Event in Greve in Chianti. Concert in the main square of Greve in Chianti. Evening at 9.15pm

Friday 30th July: Daniel Ferro Vocal Program: opera music concerts at Pieve of San Leolino, Panzano in Chianti at 9.00 pm.

Saturday 31th July: Open Market in Greve, main square, 8am-1pm.

Sunday 01st  August: Open Market in Panzano, main square, 8am-1pm.

Tuesday 3rd August: Music Summer Event in Greve in Chianti. Concert in the main square of Greve in Chianti. Evening at 9.15pm

Wednesday 4th August: Daniel Ferro Vocal Program: opera music concerts at Piazzetta Santa Croce in Greve in Chianti, at 9.00 pm.

Saturday 7th August: Open Market in Greve, main square, 8am-1pm.

Sunday 8th August: Open Market in Panzano, main square, 8am-1pm.

Tuesday 10th August: Music Summer Event in Greve in Chianti. Concert in the main square of Greve in Chianti. Evening at 9.15pm

Saturday 14th August: Open Market in Greve, main square, 8am-1pm.

Sunday 15th August: Open Market in Panzano, main square, 8am-1pm.

Red as Passion

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Red roses are rare in my garden. I always found them a bit too much “classical” and obvious so that I have not planted them since a few years ago. And the reason why was that when we moved here I discovered an old  beatiful red rose  that alone was enough representative the whole category of red roses by itself. Petals are velvety, colour is resistent and stay untill they fade, flower can arrive up to 20 cm of diameter. The scent is also an experience: lemon accent on musk backround…It has no copious flowering, just lonely beautiful red roses. I do not know the name and any help is welcome. Her nick name is “Red Beauty”.

So the following year I have been filling my garden with yellow, pink and white roses. My husband was protesting as only red roses have a meaning for him. The others (pink, white, yellow) are only pale copy of the “queen of the garden”. So, after his protesting, I decided to add red roses but far from the “Red Beauty” and with different characteristics for not competing.

I added a “Crimson Glory”, a climber by Kordes (1935). Roses start deep red and turn purple when they fade.  This rose is now on the iron arch and we are waiting to cover it all.

Both roses are so scented: you can also use for prepare a delicate aromatic tea.

Here a simple RECIPE: boil water and fresh scented petals in a jug untill the petals became dark. Filter the tea and add honey or sugar if you prefer sweeter. It can be served hot with biscuits or cold as refreshment.

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Alessandro & Cinzia

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Here the nice message from Cinzia and Alessandro who stayed here on Easter Holidays. When she left she made me a promise: next time in Asia I will send a postcard to you. She has been trustful and here is the proof.

“Carissima Laura,
scusa il ritardo con il quale ti rispondo. Le nostre vacanze da voi sono state fantastiche. L’Ancora ci è rimasta nel cuore , così come tutto il Chianti ( non dispero prima o poi di trasferirmici!!).
Il mio viaggio a Hing King è stato posticipato di una settimana, quindi per la cartolina dovrai attendere ancora un pò.
Mi sono iscritta al blog così ci possiamo tenere in contatto.
Per ora un bacione a tutti voi,
a presto
Cinzia e Ale”