Goodbye pansies, hello geraniums

The pansies on the bridge in front of my apartment at Ponte a Serraglio this year have put on a fabulous show. We have had little rain or wind since they were planted and they have thrived.

pansies on the bridge

They were still looking great, but they won’t last through the summer and it is now time to plant the geraniums.

This year I have had help to plant the flowers on the bridge. It has been great. There are lots of pots and dragging the bags of soil, carrying the plants and digging up the old ones takes time, so having 2 helpers made a big difference. Thank you Paul and Sheila.

pansies on the bridge


Paul on the bridge

Sheila on the bridge

Paul also cleaned out and replanted the large pots beside Villa Fiori. (Somebody pinched one of the lavender plants almost immediately, which is a bit disappointing).

We are now thinking of buying some new hanging pots for the lampposts along the river and planting more geraniums. There is a reasonable amount of expense involved in this, so if anyone would like to contribute it would be appreciated. Please email me at if you are interested in helping out.


19 thoughts on “Goodbye pansies, hello geraniums

    • They look a bit spindly right now, but they will grow. It was difficult to take the pansies out when they were still looking so good, but they wouldn’t have lasted much longer.

  1. I hope to be back soon al ‘Ponte di Ponte’ to admire the pansies and the ‘greenkeepers’, sorry, I meant the pansie-keepers, (and to contribute)

  2. Those pansies are simply gorgeous. The photos bring back some wonderful memories. If I was there I would enjoy helping you to plant the geraniums.

  3. We saw the new geraniums yesterday when we went past the bridge and they are looking great, although the pansies were beautiful. We are also trying to tidy up and put flowers in our area, as the Giro and the Mille Miglia are coming our way. Great to see that you are getting some helpers, this is the way to go. More community effort is needed.
    Sorry to hear about the lavenders! Stealing whole plants and containers is not unusual…. Unfortunately!

  4. I did nit relies you planted the beautiful flowers so well ,well done I would offer to help but am disabled

  5. It was great fun helping with the flowers. Since we all enjoy them, it seems fair to be helping with the project. And it was quite exciting, what with roadwork, a stalled vehicle on the bridge, and Marco directing traffic. Who’d have thought there’d be so much going on at 9:30 on a Thursday morning in our little village?

  6. It was a great a pleasure contributing to the community of Ponte. Entertainment plus with the traffic and roadworks while we worked. Now all we need is some contributions from people towards the costs of doing the hanging baskets along the road. That would complete the show.

  7. I am very Happy to see so many people interest at beautify our old but historic little Village of Bagni di Lucca e special Ponte a Serraglio where I spend my early years of my life.I thanks all the good people involved on this beautiful project.

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