Monday, 15 August 2011

A gardener's glimpses of Rome

The Forum from the west
Bougainvillea and a random column.
We have been in Rome for the weekend. These are a few more or less plant-related pictures, more to follow in the next few days.
Capparis spinosa, in the wall of Castel Sant'Angelo:
this is the source of culinary capers.

The courtyard of Palazzo Doria-Pamphilj

Dasylirion (sp. ?) as a container plant
 Giolitti's wonderful ice cream: a biodiverse selection of more, myrtilli and fichi d'India (Morus nigra, Vaccinium myrtillus, Opuntia ficus-indica: thank goodness for Latin names!)


A splendid Lantana cultivar

A single plant of Parthenocissus tricuspidata in Via S. Teodoro

Plumbago capensis

Pinus pinea in the gardens of the Villa Borghese.


  1. Great pictures! Extremely inspirering for painting and a trip to Rome!

  2. See those pines and hear Respighi.

  3. John,

    Ha, your vacation pictures look so much like mine--full of plants. My other obsession is paving patterns or drainage details. By the time I get home, my wife complains bitterly that our photos of Rome are nothing but shots of "weeds" and "gutters." I guess we can't help the filters through which we see the world. The wild vegetation in Rome is truly enchanting. Thomas

  4. john in coastal NS17 August 2011 at 01:47

    See those Cypress or turn on those fountains and hear Liszt.

  5. Anyone who wanted to harvest those capers would have a fun time of it!

    That Bougainvillea is lovely.


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