Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Green Peeks from Sicily, Italy (Sicilia, Italia)

Tassel Hyacinth aka Muscari comosa or Leopoldia comosa. (Photo taken at Villa Romana del Casale.) 
Possibly date palm—let me know if you can identify it. (Photo taken at Villa Romana del Casale.)
One of many Cercis siliquastrum seen blooming in Sicily in April. (Photo taken in the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento at the garden wall of Alexander Hardcastle's home.) 
Lovely Bougainvillea.  (Photo taken in the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento at Alexander Hardcastle's home.) 
Please don't prune your Asparagus to look like this. (Photo taken in the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento at Alexander Hardcastle's home.) 
Unknown tree. (Photo taken at the cimitero in Termini Imerese.)
More palm trees and lovely handmade pebble paving from the streets of Termini Imerese. (This was the home of my great-grandparents.)
Trees in the city park in Termini Imerese. 
Lovely large Lantana along the street in Termini Imerese.
Caster bean (Ricinus communis) plants grow wild along the roads in Sicily. 
Artichokes (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) growing along the road.) 
Borage (Borago officinalis) growing wild along the side of the road in Sicily. 
Wild Sedum growing along the roadside near Termini Imerese. 
Wild snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) growing in its native environs. My husband told me that in Italian they're called  "mouth of the lion". He played a lot with these flowers as a boy.  
Not exactly sure of the plant, but I do recognize Sicilian ingenuity. If Dad gardened, this is how he'd stake his plants.
Convolvulus tricolor growing wild in Sicily. 


  1. Such beautiful Mediteranean plants on Sicilia. Funny how they staked that succulent.

    1. In the next post I'll show another plant staked the exact same way. We saw this same thing in several places. It really did remind me of my dad and my grandpa.

  2. Thanks for the mini tour. I love seeing how other places handle horticulture.

    1. This is just the beginning! I promise to keep the Italian horticulture/agriculture posts coming. Just wait until I get to the Orto Botanico in Padua. It really blew me away. Hope to get to that post soon since this is such a great way to process the experience.

  3. Fabulous photos! The staked succulent might be an Aloe distans...maybe.

    1. Any guess is good at this point. Aloe makes sense to me.

  4. Palms are Phoenix canariensis, canary island date palm, and the tree looks like a Euphorbia, not sure of the species. Beautiful!
    Max P.


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