Amaranthus hypochondriacus in the Hortus Horrei, Mantua.

Geranium maculatum ‘Espresso’. Sown today in the Hortus Horrei. 

Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’. Sown today in the Hortus Horrei, Mantua.

Smyrnium perfoliatum. Sown today in the Hortus Horrei, Mantua.

Special Seeds from a friend!

Smyrnium perfoliatum! Love love love it! Someone who is obsessed with garden fashion trends might notice the “very popular in 2012” seeds of Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ that hit Chelsea two years ago. Garden trends don’t interest me at all, but beautiful plants do, and an almost black, lacy, wild-looking plant for me will never be “in” or “out”. 

Thank you so much, Nancy J. Ondra!

Just over a month ago Ella and I threw thousands of old seeds in the gravel by the back door, and some of the flowers that came up I’ve never seen before. Such slender stems!

Vigna sesquipedalis ‘Red Noodle’ on the walls of the Hortus Horrei .

Today we ate the first ten red noodle beans. The long one in the second photo I’m leaving for seeds. 

The Hortus Horrei of Corte Eremo, Mantua.

The Garden of the Barn = Hortus Horrei

Until 1999, this barn in Curtatone, Mantova was the home of 40 dairy cattle. Since 2012 it is the home of hundreds of my shade-loving plants.