Getting my veg gardening hit overseas...

14 October, 2015

The island of Sant'Erasmo, near venice, was a must visit. It was full of home and small market gardens like this one.

Clearly they have no issues with birds here.

Along the way we came across these guys foraging.

They noticed my interest/nosiness and gave me a handful of what they were picking. I can't for the life of me remember what they called them. Anyone know?

Whatever they are called, they were really nice, kind of like a tiny pear, with a thicker skin and a seed.

More gardens, this time what Sant'Erasmo is known for; its artichokes, which are supposedly a delicacy. Pity we were there at the wrong season to enjoy them.

And the gratuitous Venitian shot, with the sort of garden we saw in the actual city.

Why don't Aussie cities plant more fruiting trees like this place?

Sadly the city isn't known for its fruit trees, but for this building.

How nice would it be to have a veg garden here...

...with this as your view. I mean really, who wouldn't want to live here?

This was the town, Vernazza which is part of the Cinque Terre.
 
Another nice place for a veg patch, on the island of Capri.

This garden was mainly for show, as it was recreated from what information could be gleaned from the archeological studies. Interestingly they were able to identify some of the plants and new there were grapes, as well as figs and other fruiting plants in this garden.

The garden was in Pompeii, which otherwise looked like this. I'm glad there was a bit of green to liven the place up, otherwise it would have been unbearably drab.

And that brings an end to the fruit and veg gardens of note along my trip. Sadly in Spain and Paris there was very little in the way of veg patches that I came across. It was interesting to see the differences between the countries in how much fruiting plants were either front and center, or hidden away. I loved that pretty much everywhere in Italy there was something edible wherever there was greenery. That's my kind of culture.

10 comments:

  1. Nice pictures, I'm glad you had a good holiday.

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    1. Cheers. It was fabulous, but now I am eager to get back into the garden before the season is too far along!

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  2. Did you go to Versailles? The King's garden had acres of fruit and veg.
    Frogdancer

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    1. I went to Versailles last time I was in Paris, two years ago. I also saw a few veg gardens while I toured the Loire Valley chateaus, most notably Villandry which is amazing. I loved Versailles, particularly the Petit Trianon, but didn't quite have enough time for a revisit this time around. Maybe next time I'm in Paris... :)

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  3. Ooh, I love a bit of nosy-parker vegie garden photography:) Love to see how other people do it..

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  4. I think I'd vote for the isle of Capri style. Would be forever eyeing the view of the coast was within view! Lovely post :)

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    1. I know. I'd do a lot less gardening and a lot more sitting around enjoying the view!

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  5. what fabulous pics! and yes, wouldn't gardening with a view like that be wonderful - great to look at when you stand up and have a stretch break :-)

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    1. Haha, I'd have a lot of stretch breaks I think! :)

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