Where ironwork meets horticulture



I make a weekly walk through a lovely residential neighborhood in an outer area of Florence.  You see all Florentines and Italians here.  I’ve never ever seen a tourist in this area, which is kind of amazing if you understand the waves of tourists that swarm this amazing city.


My weekly walk takes me by a very interesting front garden of one of the many villinos in the neighborhood.  The first time I saw this large cactus (I don’t actually know what the plant is, if I’m wrong, please leave a comment!) it looked like a caged animal to me, one that was trying to work its way out of the surrounding metal enclosure.



Yesterday I walked through the area again and wanted to take more inclusive pictures to show how this front garden is organized.  Here they are:


As you can see, the cactus has a fantastic magnolia tree behind it.


Here is how the entrance to the home is organized and decorated.  Very lovely to my eyes,







And then, here’s that massive plant!  Love it!


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