Bridge flowers


This is the first year since we bought our apartment in Ponte a Serraglio in 2003 that I have been here for an entire summer. I usually go home to Australia to enjoy our wonderful sub tropical Brisbane winter. I am not a fan of hot weather, but Covid has changed many plans.

It is also the first year I have been here to look after the flowers I plant on the bridge in front of our apartment all summer. The plants are exposed to everything the weather can hit them with and they require quite a lot of watering, fertilising and general care. Because of the harsh conditions they don’t always do well. Even geraniums struggle to survive.

I planted geraniums and a bit later, marigolds, in late spring. The geraniums have not done well, but the marigolds have thrived. A few have recently dropped dead, but new seedlings are growing to replace them. They put on a very good show and there will be marigolds on the bridge next year.


The flowers on my balcony have finally come good after a slow start. These need watering almost daily to survive. I doubt I will plant them again even though they are very pretty.

The plant outside my bathroom window is the easiest to water. I can can reach them from my shower.

Since I will probably be here all winter I will be looking for something that will survive the cold.

14 thoughts on “Bridge flowers

  1. It is sad that you have been unable to get home this year. We have not been able to get over to our lovely home in Montefegatesi. But it is great to stay in touch with the area through Facebook and your wonderful site. Thank you so much. Your flowers are always a welcoming site as we arrive into Bagni. Take care be safe.

  2. We sat at Bar Italia last week and admired your plants on the bridge. It’s so nice to be back here for a while and enjoy the beautiful late summer weather
    Linda and Geoff

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