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A sketch of a Sicilian spring

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 02 Aug 2019



Easter flowers, wisteria and wildflowers

In a Sicilian spring flowers adorn the island. And this spring they were lovely - on Easter’s mournful Good Friday in Polizzi Generosa in April, wandering the streets of Polizzi, driving the mountain roads of the Madonie, and travelling the interior roads and along the Ionian Sea.

Polizzi Generosa -an unknown pink beauty


Drops of white wisteria,  Casa Cuseni, Taormina, near the Ionian Sea


Irises along a backstreet, Polizzi Generosa


Wild sweet peas in the midst of spontaneous roadside flowers near Locati


Tangled roadside sweet peas, sulla, yellow daisies near Locati


Roses (and other lovely pink flowers) in the terrace garden, The Sicilian House, Polizzi Generosa


Pinks, reds, yellows, purples and white 

Wildflowers, pots of pinks and reds along village streets and balconies and overgrown backstreet gardens, long full drops of purple wisteria along the wall of a country house in the Madonie Mountains, plus more wisteria drops near the Ionian Sea in the rambling garden at Casa Cuseni.

Heaps of fields, green from winter rains dotted with perfect flowers – purple velvet wild sweet peas, tall yellow ferula and poppies. And the deep, deep pink red of sulla, the flower of a legume used for cattle feed in the interior.

Wildflowers, castle ruins Polizzi Generosa


Street balcony, Polizzi Generosa - geraniums along the top rail


Casa Cuseni, Taormina -irises, and the last of the east coast citrus


Sulla, near Castellana Sicula in the Madonie


Wisteria drops along the Scillato Road in the Madonie


The Grieving Madonna, lillies and nasturtiums by the sea

Golden oranges and yellows of the sweet nasturtium against lava rock at Santa Maria della Scala, tucked down by the Ionian Sea. And white lilies, at the base of Polizzi’s grief stricken and ethereal Madonna on Good Friday.

Good Friday, Polizzi Generosa- lillies fill vases at feet of the The Madonna


Nasturtiums rambling by the Ionian Sea at Santa Maria della Scala




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