Horticulture in Florence

It seems like in every season, something wonderful is in bloom in Italy.  Right now it is mimosa.

 

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Also beginning to bloom are the camellias

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I walked down a wide avenue in western Florence yesterday, where I noticed a long line of street trees that have been severely pruned in the Pollarding method, a pruning system involving the cutting of long branches of a tree, done to promotes a dense head of foliage and branches.

 

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Pollarded trees look brutal against gray winter skies.

 

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