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A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan  via Instagram

What is your favorite plant? Leave a comment and share! A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan  This was taken during my second visit to the botanic garden during our trip to Milan last September. I was on my own for the day and wanted to take some more photos. The […]

Amaranth via Instagram

What is your favorite plant? Leave a comment and share! Amaranth  A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan “Species belonging to the genus Amaranthus have been cultivated for their grains for 8,000 years. Amaranth plants are classified as pseudocereals that are grown for their edible starchy seeds, but they are not […]

Golden Cosmos via Instagram

What is your favorite flower? Leave a comment and share! Golden Cosmos Orto Botanico so Brera, Milano, Italia Another fine shot from my second visit to this garden. Highly recommended should you ever be in Milan.  and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss a single post! Sign up for the Gardener’s Notebook Mailing […]

Foreground/Background via Instagram

What are your favorite sights in Italy? Share in the comments! Foreground/Background A scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera district of Milan You can create layered views in even the smallest garden, making them appear larger than they are. Here, trees and a low hedge create a frame for the scene beyond.  This photo is […]

Hydrangeas in the shade via Instagram

What is your favorite hydrangea? Leave a comment and share! Hydrangeas in the shade Scene from the Orto Botanico in the Brera District of Milan These hydrangeas were thriving in the warm, moist shade of the garden.   and Follow Join A Gardener’s Notebook on Facebook Don’t miss a single post! Sign up for the Gardener’s Notebook Mailing […]

Castor Bean Plant (Ricinus communis) via Instagram

What is your favorite plant? Leave a comment and share! Castor Bean Plant (Ricinus communis) In the Orto Botanico In the Brera District of Milan grows this lovely castor bean including seed pods. While the seeds are poisonous and the caster bean is an invasive here in Southern California, it is often used as an ornamental in […]

Waiting for Spring via Instagram

What will you do with your garden this Spring? Leave a comment and share! Waiting for Spring In the Orto Botanico In the Brera District of Milan ceramic pots wait for the Spring and new seedlings. There is such beauty in simplicity sometimes and these pots attracted my attention the minute I spotted them. We were […]

A Shining Sunflower In Milan via Instagram

What catches your eye on vacation? Leave a comment and share! A Shining Sunflower In Milan In the Orto Botanico In the Brera District of Milan this backlit sunflower shines with the rays of its namesake. There was so much to see in this rather small garden and I highly recommend that you visit if you […]

Amaranth (?), Orto Botanico di Brera, Milano, Italia via Instagram

Do you take garden pictures on vacation? Leave a comment and share! Amaranth (?), Orto Botanico di Brera, Milano, Italia I had no idea what to expect when visiting this garden hidden away in Milan. I checked it out on Google maps but the foliage hid most of the garden from sight. Still, it seemed intriguing […]

Historical Garden Books: Nederlandsch bloemwerk (Dutch flower arrangements) (1794) – 23 in a Series

Archive.org has a host of old gardening books (from mid-19th to mid-20th Century) available in many formats and on a host of topics. I happened across a few in my Pinterest feed and gone completely down the rabbit hole in this treasure trove of information. Sure some ideas might be out of  Historical Garden Books: […]