About us: I am Alberto, a garden addicted since I was a child, I’m a big fan of Piet Oudolf and I’m definitely on the ride of the so called ‘Dutch Wave’. Grasses and perennials are my obsession now but I had my hydrangea period, the old roses period, the clematis period, the botanical roses period, the blue… Nope! The Blue period is not mine! I live with Alessandro, who likes gardening as much as me but he is more interessed on trees and hardscape. The work of we both is essential to create the garden you will find in this blog.
About the house: we bought the house in 2010 and as it seems it’s cool to give it a name we call it Cà Rossa, which means Red Cottage. The architectural style is the one used for country/agricultural houses at the beginning of last century in northern Italy. I hope we’re having the restoring finished by the end of this summer: Cà Rossa must be red again!
The garden is 3000 squared meters (about 3/4 of an acre), L-shaped and it used to be a vineyard in the past (neighborhood is rather famous for the production of very good wines like cabernet, merlot, refosco, pinot, tocai, chardonnay and others). We work on a very compact clay: tough work actually but it has its good sides too.
In the good and the bad luck we’re doing all the work on our own. Rudy helps us with the design and Mina is definitely a digger.
About the pets: we have two Jack Russell Terrier with rough fur: Mina (read meena) and Rudy, her son. Rudy is much bigger than standard jack russells but I don’t care. We also have Tigre the cat, she’s a foundling and the wildest soul of the house. Tigre and Rudy get along very well, even if Mina doesn’t approve thet much.
There are several woodpecker living in the neightborhood, sometimes they spend afternoons on the walnut tree laughing out loud. They could be very silly sometimes.
We share the pool with Raimonda as well. She’s a jay. I think she might have puppies somewhere…