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Video: Garden Of My Dreams
What desire, fantasy, and exquisite taste can do
Guidonia, a small town on the outskirts of Rome, has many beautiful houses, but it is impossible to pass by this house indifferently. It stands out for its brightness, festivity, due to the fact that it is decorated with flowering plants all year round. As a beautiful fashionista, he constantly changes his outfit.
No, it doesn’t rebuild, but it changes its decorations: flowers, vases, pots, “invites” to guests - a snail, gnomes, a fairy. In terms of architecture - the house is the most common, typical for Italy construction. Three floors with balconies-loggias and a tiny courtyard in front of it. "Flower House", as I called it, is very similar to a house from a fairy tale. It seems that he is in the forest. Such a feeling is created by the centuries-old, widely spreading branches of spruce, tall pine trees and eucalyptus trees surrounding it. A waterfall of speckled ivy leaves separates it from the road. Snow-white vases - swans decorate the gate. Instead of feathers, they have a beautiful shape, in the form of roses, succulent plants.
I met the owner of this "flower" house by chance, she just returned from the store with a whole box of cheerful, multi-colored "pansies". In love with flowers since childhood, she even bears a name that comes from the word flower - Fiorella (fiore in Italian means flower). In her kingdom, everything is thought out to the smallest detail and done with a soul, and as a result, the impression of perfect harmony and a riot of colors is created. And Fiorella's assistants in this are an innate aesthetic taste and unlimited imagination. And, of course, a great desire to create!
The house and its courtyard are divided into two parts with the help of a green wall, which made it possible for the owners to design it as a "garden" and as an open-air "salon". The role of the wall that divided the loggias of the house is played by the beautiful wisteria of a rich purple color. She sets the tone in the selection of colors for the "garden" in the left half of the house. Drawers of various shapes, vases, hanging pots made of terracotta clay give the house extraordinary comfort and warmth. They are placed on different levels, and the flowers planted in them create the impression of a beautiful multi-colored carpet woven from white-violet and yellow colors. These are balsams, pelargoniums, curly geraniums. The traditional national symbols of worship of the forces of nature, the moon, the sun, on which the life of Italian families engaged in agriculture previously depended so much, are not forgotten.
Hanging vases, the so-called "basketball", look very decorative, they are decorated with petunia hats
The first floor of the house serves as a garage, so the courtyard is tiled. Due to the lack of soil there, "mobile" thematic potted gardens were created. They were inhabited mainly by cacti and succulent crops, which thrive in the humid Italian climate. They have a variety of beautiful shapes. These plants are not very demanding on care, are resistant to many diseases, and can withstand low temperatures without damaging the stems. In addition, they bloom in winter with delicate flowers, while their luxurious sisters rest.
Each "garden" in pots is lined with beautiful stones in order to clearly define its border. And although stones can now be purchased in every major flower shop, here almost all of them were brought from walks in the mountains. The austere fans and thorny arrows of yucca palms took on an unusual appearance when they were decorated with cascades of seasonal flowers. For example, in spring it is geranium, in summer it is petunia, in winter it is succulent crops. A fountain was installed in the "garden", so typical for the courtyards of the Mediterranean. Mobile kindergartens in vases allow the hostess to frequently change their compositions, themes, and accommodate new tenants - decorative animals. And plants that are afraid of low temperatures can be brought into the shelter for the winter.
Through the lattice door in the green wall, which acts as a vestibule in front of the front door to the house, one can get into the open-air "salon". Here, first of all, there is a different color scale, in it there are more warm, orange-red shades. A cozy shop almost hides under a high dracaena, inviting you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the day. And flower vases made in the shape of baskets, so beloved by Italians, only made of ceramics, are always filled with beautiful flowers. They can hold two flower pots, resulting in the impression of a basket filled with flowers. In the autumn and winter period, there are beautiful cyclamens of the Latina series, which bloom very early - in August-September and bloom for three, three and a half months. In early spring, vases were decorated with camellias, perfect in their beauty and shape.Multi-tiered vases help solve the problem of lack of land, they look great, almost like fountains, only instead of water there are cascades of petunias, and in winter they were replaced by "pansies".
Near the gate, the agave decoratively bends fleshy, long and sword-sharp leaves, covered with thorns along the edges. She decorates the yard and at the same time, according to popular beliefs, protects her owners from the evil eye and malevolent guests. I watched Fiorella compose her compositions. Among two pebbles, she placed a Kalanchoe with bright flowers, literally illuminating a piece of the garden with this unpretentious plant. A couple more movements - and the flower pot became the center of a small beautiful "picture".
If you look closely at the design of the balconies of this house, you can clearly see that all the necessary plants were used there, both low and ampelous; the color scale of all plants was also taken into account, and all this was done with imagination and taste. This season Fiorella started growing vegetables and garden strawberries in containers, we have already tried the first juicy berries grown there. Of course, it is quite difficult to keep the house constantly blooming, especially during the hot summer period. Plants planted in pots require two daily watering. Plants grown in containers in such a small space also need more intensive maintenance. Therefore, Fiorella gives them special fertilizers every week: for flowering plants and for decorative greens. This house especially attracts me also because I dream someday,replacing some southern plants with conifers that grow in my homeland, create your own, similar to this, "garden of my dreams"!