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Flowers, last Sicilian summer

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 28 Feb 2019



Flowers by the sea, falling down parched walls and in ancient cloisters 

Summer flowers in Sicily are bursts of vibrant colour. And during my time in Sicily last summer I saw flowers on balconies, by the sea and the roadside, in a tiny hamlet almost abandoned, in a rambling house garden with views to the sea, in cloisters and wild gardens of an ancient abbey nestled in a forest hundreds of metres above the sea, in pots clustered along streets and on faded stone walls of an interior village.


In bloom

Cactus in bloom with the softest mauve, oleander laden with deep pink flowers, geraniums covered in classic geranium pinks and reds, the Indian Fig yellow of a roadside fico d’India flower just starting to open, roses, clumps of lavender massed in the outer garden of a mountain abbey, and the dazzling purple flowers of bougainvillea cascading down a village stone wall. All  beautiful.

And the words used by the author and landscape architect Clare Littlewood in her book “Gardens of Sicily” to describe how Sicilian roadside flowers  ' offer a glorious show of spontaneous colour', explain the delight of seeing Sicilian summer flowers. There is a feeling of spontaneity.


The flowers and where they were spotted:


Bougainvillea, Sambuca di Sicilia 


Geranium and oleander in the hamlet of Cipampini


Lavender in the garden of the Abbey Santa Maria del Bosco near Contessa Entellina


Roses and lavender at the abbey, Santa Maria del Bosco


Roses in the fields of the abbey of Santa Maria del Bosco 



Cactus, fico d'India, by the roadside outside Castellana Sicula in the Madonie Mountains


Hibiscus in the streets of  Santa Flavia by the Tyrrhenian Sea


Yellow wildflowers at Santa Tecla by the Ionian Sea


Oleander in Taormina up above the Ionian Sea


 Cactus in the tiny hamlet of Cipampini 




Rambling gardens of Casa Cuseni in Taormina


Hibiscus Casa Cuseni


Oleander pink in the hamlet of Cipampini


Geraniums in the tiny village of Isnello in the Madonie Mountains


Agapanthus in the garden of Casa Cuseni in Taormina


Roses in the cloisters of the Abbey of Santa Maria del Bosco





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