Black Cotton (Gossypium herbaceum ‘Nigra’).


The only Japanese Maple to somehow survive from a tiny seedling in the Hortus Horrei, Mantua. About five or six died within a few weeks of transplanting them last April. Delicate things. 

Sauromatum venosum, the Voodoo Lily, slowly growing in the shade of the Hortus Horrei, Mantua.

Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ seedling in the Hortus Horrei, Mantova.

Only one seedling from I can’t remember how many seeds… 

Ricinus communis making its first true leaves at Corte Eremo, Mantua. 

Grow baby, grow!

Coix lacryma-jobi (Job’s Tears, or Christ’s Tears) seedlings in the Hortus Horrei, Mantua.

A Good Easter plant. The large tear-shaped seeds of this annual grass from east Asia is often used to make rosaries or jewellery. 

Aquilegias in the Hortus Horrei, Mantua.

Happy Easter from the Hortus Horrei, Corte Eremo (Mantua).

Aquilegia vulgaris blooming now by the entry to the walled garden.

Calycanthus floridus blooming at Corte Eremo. 

Their scent as they start to turn brown is close to cooked apples.

Crataegus monogyna blooming at Corte Eremo, Mantua.

Common hawthorn was planted here and there along the perimetre of the property. What a beautiful bush.