White blossoms

Acacia trees are in full bloom and right now are covering the hills around Bagni di Lucca.

Bees love the flowers and they make delicious honey.

The flowers are edible. You can dip them in a light batter and fry them. I haven’t tried that but I have eaten one straight from the tree and it tasted a bit like raw peas.

I love the flowers and the smell is heavenly, but they make me sneeze.

i know they are a pest and it is a pity the hillsides are not covered with chestnut, hazelnut, walnut and cherry trees. If you look at old photos of Bagni di Lucca you will see that the hillsides were terraced. Grapevines and vegetables were grown, so the chestnut trees are long gone. The farms were abandoned and acacia grows more quickly than more useful trees, so we are now left with acacia. They are beautiful, but they are a menace…any takers for removing them to start a replanting process?

Ponte pansies

The pansies on the bridge haven’t been the best this year. They are nowhere as good as those from last year. I have no idea why, perhaps the weather didn’t suit them.

In about a week I will take them out and replace them with geraniums for the summer. Let’s hope they do better.

Take a last look at the 2016 pansies.

Ponte pansies

Ponte pansies

Ponte pansies

Ponte pansies

Ponte pansies

Ponte pansies

Ponte pansies

Anyone who would like to help water them over the summer please let me know.

 

 

Cool clear water

The rivers and streams are full of fast flowing water at this time of year. It is heartening to see that it is clean and clear.

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

Ponte a Serraglio

The colour of the water changes, depending on melting snow and the amount of rain. There are some amazing colours in the river on the way into the Garfagnana.

Garfagnana

Garfagnana

Garfagnana

I pass this river every time I go to our mountain house. It is always beautiful.

It is raining today, more water to fill the rivers.