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12 Months of Blooming Flowers in Lombardy

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Roses are red, violet are blue,
I love Lombardy and so will you
Abundantly rich in colours, Italy is always blooming. Be it summer or winter time you are sure to find iridescently beautiful flowers. You can discover those many natural wonders in any nook of the country, but especially in northern Italy that is astonishingly diverse. Climate in Lombardy varies significantly from humid subtropical to humid continental in the hills and mountains, while in the Alpine foothills the climate tends to be more of oceanic type. This humid mild climate is one of the many causes why Lombardy is famous for its gardens and parks, created by noble families many centuries ago. Such places as Isola Bella, villa Carlotta, Il Vittoriale degli Italiani are well known for the incredible gardens in Italian and English styles with kilometre-long flower beds of camellia, azalea and roses. However, the local parks and forests are also rich in flowers whose quiet charm is nonetheless exciting.
Gardens of villa Carlotta, blooming wisteria, Como lake, Tremezzo

Gardens of villa Carlotta, blooming wisteria, Como lake, Tremezzo


January

The nature in January is like a “sleeping beauty” and there are not that many things to see. Yet if you are just a bit lucky with sunny weather, you can find cyclamens and many evergreen plants. The winter gardens have their own beauty full of serenity.
Sunset in gardens of villa Monastero, Varenna, Como lake, Italy

Sunset in gardens of villa Monastero, Varenna, Como lake, Italy

Cyclamens are bright rose or white flowers that could be found both in gardens and in forests most usually in November-December. In the mild climate of Lombardy, you can find them all over the winter.
Cyclames in forest, Northern Italy, Lombardy

Cyclames in forest, Northern Italy, Lombardy

Places to visit - Gardens of Villa Monastero

Viale Giovanni Polvani, 4, 23829, Varenna, LC, Italy

http://www.villamonastero.eu+39 0341 295450

February

In February, the weather becomes a bit moody and you never know if you can enjoy some sun or have to hide from rain. What is for sure is that with first warm sun mimosa and daffodils start blooming.
 
Daffodils are impatient pioneers of spring . Did you know that the British Royal Horticultural Society receives no less than 150 applications for the registration of a new hybrid of daffodils each year, so that from the middle of the nineteenth century to today, in the archives of that benevolent society, there are more than 30,000 cards. It is easy to be lost in such a vast ocean of shapes, colours and dimensions that is why each flower is categorized according to a certain morphological criteria.
Daffodils in Torino pak, early spring, Italy

Daffodils in Torino pak, early spring, Italy

Mimosa is a genus of about 400 species of herbs and shrubs. The name is derived from the Greek word μιμος (mimos), an "actor" or "mime," and the feminine suffix -osa, "resembling", suggesting its 'sensitive leaves' which seem to 'mimic conscious life. A lot of Lombardy gardeners love the Mimosa tree for its unpretentiousness and easy upkeep.

{seo}Mimosa trees in bloom, lake Maggiore, Lombardy, Italy{/seo}

March

March is well known as a period of blooming apricot and cherry trees, as well as camellias. Many tourists from different corners of the world are coming to Lake Maggiore to admire the blooming camellias.

{seo}Blooming apricot and cherry trees on Como lake, Lombardy, Italy{/seo}

Curious facts about camellia. Camellia has rich and fascinating story starting with its name taken after the missionary Georg Joseph Kamel who lived in 1661 – 1704. Camellia is said to have originated in Japan, south-eastern China and neighbouring areas of Indochina. Thanks to camellia longevity, certain species can live up to hundreds of years, it was considered a symbol of immortality. It is still planted today in the gardens of Buddhist temples.
The first camellias arrived in Italy in 1760 in the garden of the Royal Palace of Caserta thanks to the friendship of Lord Nelson with the English ambassador Sir Hamilton. While on Maggiore Lake, the first pink camellias appeared in the second half of the nineteenth century on Isola Bella. After working in the gardens of the Isola Bella and Isola Madre for Borromeo family brothers Rovelli gave birth to the most important trend in Italy and all over Europe – camellia gardens.
Camellia in Europe became fashionable in the nineteenth century and women of high society (as well as men) used camellia as an ornament of their clothes. Coming to more recent times, Coco Chanel chose this flower as a symbol of her couture house.
In the language of flowers camellia is synonymous with perfect beauty and superiority and presented as a sign of appreciation.

{seo}Blooming camelia in Isola Bella gardens, Lake Maggiore, Italy{/seo}

What to visit - Isola Bella

April

April is a generous month, many beautiful flowers bloom in this period starting from magnificent wisteria, gorgeous azalea or tender mountain crocuses. On the high hills and mountains, you can find beautiful white and violet crocuses, growing up from the yellow last year grass and popping up here and there from thawed patches and making early hikes very romantic.
Wisteria bloom in old town on the lake of Como, Italy

Wisteria bloom in old town on the lake of Como, Italy

Wisteria Recently this plant has been getting so much attention from bloggers. Abundant long purple bunches of fragrant wisteria are hiding any green leaves, reminding of the lavish grapes. No wonder, they become the main features of innumerable Instagram posts. Taking pictures of this bewitching flower be careful, the aroma is so potent that it easily intoxicates making your head swirl.
If we cast a glance back at wisteria’s history, we can see that it comes from the Myocene region in China where it was cultivated from ancient time. Europe saw wisteria only in the 1800s. Why so late? The Chinese and Japanese gardeners guarded their secrets well and hid the plant from foreign visitors. The first wisteria that was known was brought from Carolina, North Eastern America, in 1724 and was initially called Glycine by Linneo. 'Wisteria', the name commonly used nowadays is derived from the ancient Greek glikìs = sweet for the presence of nectar that attracts insects.
Wisteria blooming on the fance in Lenno, Como lake, Italy

Wisteria blooming on the fance in Lenno, Como lake, Italy

In the middle-end of April another gorgeous plant starts blooming, it turns many kilometres of gardens into white, rosy, red and yellow lushness. It is azalea. One of the most famous places to admire the beauty of azalea bloom is villa Carlotta on Como Lake. Azaleas, warm breeze and mild, pleasant temperatures are characteristic of this period of the year.
Rose azalea in bloom in the gardens of villa Carlotta, Como lake, Lombardy, Italy

Rose azalea in bloom in the gardens of villa Carlotta, Como lake, Lombardy, Italy

What to visit villa Carlotta

Via Regina, 2, 22016, Tremezzina, CO, Italy

http://www.villacarlotta.it+39 0344 40405

May

Blooming jasmine in gardens of Northern Italy

Blooming jasmine in gardens of Northern Italy

The last month of spring welcomes visitors with sweet perfume of jasmine and the unearthly beauty of garden roses. The types of roses cultivated in Italian gardens are staggeringly countless. Jasmine looks more democratic as it is grown up by Italians in mostly each house garden. Jasmine is a perfect match for fences creepers that show off to every passer-by the tender beauty of white flowers exuding awesome fragrance.

{seo}Blooming red garden roses in the Northern Italy, villa Melzi{/seo}

What to visit villa Melzi

Via Lungolario Manzoni, 22021, Bellagio, CO, Italy

http://www.giardinidivillamelzi.it

June

In the beginning of summer, the weather is great to enjoy sun and walks in forests and nearby lakes, where you can admire multicolour Hydrangeas. These beautiful flowers are cultivated in Italian gardens as well as in urban environment where they are much loved for the bright colours that liven up stone and steel of city landscape. Did you know that the colour of hydrangeas or “Hortensia (aka female name)” depends on the types of water and soil, so if the soil has high acidity flowers will be blue and violet, whereas watering hydrangeas with Manganese will render rose or even white flowers.

{seo}Blooming hydrangeas in garden and on market in Lecco, Lombardy, Italy{/seo}

June is also the period for lavender, not many know that apart of Provence there are lavender fields all across Lombardy. In Valtellina and nearby Garda lake, there are several lavender farms that you can visit during this fantastic period.
Blooming lavander in the city gardne of Sondrio, Northern Italy

Blooming lavander in the city gardne of Sondrio, Northern Italy

What to visit Lavanda del lago

via Cidneo, 16, 25081, Bedizzole, Bs, Italy

http://www.lavandadellago.eu+39 030 6871259

July

The season of sunflowers in Tuscany is in June, while in Lombardy it comes a bit later in July, you still can enjoy the breath-taking fields of sunflowers in the middle of summer.
Sunflowers in city garden of Varese, Italy

Sunflowers in city garden of Varese, Italy

Edelweiss is a well-known mountain flower that belongs to the sunflower family. The plant prefers rocky limestone places at about 1,800–3,000 metres altitude. It has been used in traditional indigenous medicine as a remedy for abdominal and respiratory diseases. The thick short hairs covering edelweiss appear to be an adaptation to high altitudes, protecting the plant from cold, aridity, and ultraviolet radiation.
The flower's common name derives from German word "Edelweiß", which is a compound of edel "noble" and weiß "white."
Edelweiss or Stella alpina on the hike route in mountains, Northern Italy

Edelweiss or Stella alpina on the hike route in mountains, Northern Italy

Via Roma 2, 25088, Gardone Riviera, BS, Italy

http://www.hellergarden.com+39 336 410877

August

Oleander white, yellow or pink, or in pastel or reddish tones, Nerium oleander is one of the classics of Italian summer. Due to its great resilience to intense heat, sun and pollution, it has been extensively used in private and public gardens and on the edge of busy roads, becoming almost the symbol of the Adriatic coast and making “green" in a certain somewhat rough way. In fact, by approaching it intelligently with other green or floral plants of equal strength and size, you can dampen the "highway" effect and the plant looks a lot more enjoyable, almost reminding of a tropical forest.
Blooming oleander on highway in Northen Italy

Blooming oleander on highway in Northen Italy

September

Lagerstroemia. Among the big shrubs, it is the last to explode in late summer in a colourful and flashy bloom: Lagerstroemia is a somewhat ungrateful name for such a beautiful and generous plant, assigned to it by the botanical Linneo as it is dedicated to Magnus von Lagerstroem, a director of the Indie Company. It grows well throughout Italy. It can reach the size of a small tree, with a smooth trunk and crown formed by small elongated leaves, about 5-7 centimetres long, and flower chaos that looks like large bunches in pink, white or purple.
Blooming lagerstroemia on the streets of Como, Italy

Blooming lagerstroemia on the streets of Como, Italy

Aster flower heads vary enormously from pale blue to lilac or rose, white, red and purple, with its own blooming boom. Some asters have a curious a golden button in the middle of the flower, which makes it even more appealing.
Aster flowers in private garden in Monza, Italy

Aster flowers in private garden in Monza, Italy

October

The khaki, the tree of the seven virtues. Diospyros khaki (commonly called persimmon or khaki) is a native fruit tree originating in East Asia, diffused in China and Japan, belonging to the Ebenaceae species.
Also called the Lotus of Japan or Oriental Apple, it is defined by the Chinese as the tree of the seven virtues. It is tall, creates great shade, offers birds the possibility to nest among its branches. It is not attacked by parasites, its leaves are yellow, red and orange in autumn and very decorative. Khaki wood gives good fire. Finally, its leaves turn into abundant humus when they fall to the ground.
The khakhi tree with fruits in November in private garden, Northen Italy

The khakhi tree with fruits in November in private garden, Northen Italy

What to visit Isola del Garda

Via Fornella 1, 25010, S.Felice, BS, Italy

http://www.isoladelgarda.com+39 328 612 6943

November

The vine of Canada. Have you ever stopped to admire a wall covered with leaves red as flame? If yes, you've encountered Parthenocissus quinquefolia, the vine of Canada, vigorously vibrant green in spring and orange red in autumn, with intermediate colours of green and gold of great chromatic impact, followed by small groups of round berries. The latter can be any colour between blue and purple.
The tree branches extend to cover walls over dozens of meters, which is ensured through tiny suction cups. It has a great effect on high and decomposed walls and is useful for covering not very beautiful areas, as far as possible. Should you wish to beautify a grim surface, plant the vine of Canada close to the wall and secure the branches with some hooks. Then the branches will start to attack themselves and there will be no need for other support.
The vine of Canada on the castle wall in Northern Italy

The vine of Canada on the castle wall in Northern Italy

December

Holly berry (no, not that actress) is a special thing for the Christmas. We know about its decorative use during the end-of-year festivities. The tradition is Nordic, yet Ilex, or holly berry, is a plant of great ornamental value in Italy as well. It is very tall, suitable for being both a single attraction element and for highlighting some architectural features. There are both striated varieties and evergreens, among which the best-known and used is Ilex aquifolium silvery Marginata, with dark green leaves bordered with white creamy stripes. It is not so much for the flowers that this shrub has gained the popular favours, but rather for the generous production of red, shiny red berries, distributed over the entire plant, contrasting with foliage and black and crusty trunks.
Holly berry in christmas period on the streets in Como, Italy

Holly berry in christmas period on the streets in Como, Italy

What to visit Crespi Bonsai Museum - good alternative for dizzling weather.

S.S. 33 del Sempione , 37, 20015, San Lorenzo di Parabiago, Mi, Italy

http://www.crespibonsai.com

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