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Updated: Dec 9, 2019

The Garden we hope to create in Spongano, would include all of these native plants that will grow well in the southern mediterranean:

Bouganvillea, Barba Di Giove, Prickly Pear/Fico D'India, Jasmine/Gelsomina, Santolina

Our garden after about ten years of sitting without major attention.

In the garden, there are 4 mandarin trees, 1 orange, 1 lemon, 1 nespole (Loquat), an old rose bush, a large rosemary bush, and lot's of snails. The trees have a black mold on them, but the rosemary is healthy. We'll see how good we are at restoring the trees and getting rid of the snails, which I remember from childhood is done with buried cans of beer.


The Palazzo Bacile Di Castiglione offers Airbnb rooms where we stayed for our November visit. Adjoining the converted stables where we had rooms to ourselves, were the most magical gardens. Off the gardens were the original barn buildings. The gardens can serve as a guide for what grows well in this part of the world. This would be a paradise for Cosí, who would start every day running through these beautiful gardens.

Bougainvillea, lavender, Rosemary, Mandarin, orange, lemon, fig, persimmon, and loquat trees, succulents, lantana of all colors, and umbrella pines, are all part of the landscape here.

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