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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Family Power

Props to my amazing mum and stalwart brother with whom I'm spending Christmas and from whom I will doubtless return fit and muscular from slave labor they'll put me to in their respective gardens.

Fanfare for the Gardening painting matriarch

Magnificent house on Corfu, Greece


Sumptuous garden visited by horticultural types from all over the world. I just wish the news photo was in color.

Major props to Mama for her Gold Medal at the Royal Horticultural Society

Salute to Pete, my dashing gardening cooking landscaping generally raffish bon viveuring brother and his equally impressive Tuscan fortress, "Verdigliana"

"Verdiana passò nel territorio di Montespertoli, in una frazione chiamata ancora oggi Verdigliana. Qui presso una fonte, accompagnava le sue pecore a bere; in seguito quest’acqua ebbe effetti prodigiosi e veniva portata agli ammalati.
Ma i compaesani si appostarono e ne uccisero una; Verdiana vide in questo un approssimarsi della sua morte. Era il 1° febbraio e nevicava…. Improvvisamente le campane si misero a suonare: tutti erano meravigliati. In Timignano (via di Castelfiorentino) un piccolino disse che era morta Verdiana: era l’anno 1236 "Nella sua esistenza aveva compiuto diversi miracoli, fra i quali quello di una donna ceca da molto tempo che, andata alla cella di Verdiana a chiedere qualcosa, ricevette un ramoscello di Olivo benedetto: se lo fregò sugli occhi e ricominciò a vedere ... and so forth
Verdigliana statuary

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