Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 29, 2018

Casa Debbio in 2018

My year at Casa Debbio, our Tuscan mountain house,  began in February. It was cold and wet. Winter seemed to drag on this year and spring was reluctant to show its face.

On the up side, winter does make for some spectacular views from Vergemoli, the gorgeous village which is the home of Casa Debbio.

Casa Debbio

 

This is Vergemoli from our house.

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio looked forlorn without its lovely garden.

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

When spring finally began things seemed to turn green and bloom over night.

Casa Debbio

 

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

 

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

The Frassino or Flowering Ash trees put on a spectacular show this spring. The mountain sides were dotted with white for a few weeks.

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

We had reasonable rain this year, unlike 2017 which brought drought conditions.

Our garden thrived. We did lose a couple of trees. The lovely old fig tree was lost in a storm.

Casa Debbio

And the magnolia in front of the house was snapped off and blown away in strong winds.

Casa Debbio

We planted grass in front of the house, finally getting rid of the grey stones I disliked intensely. The down side is we no longer have an effective alarm. The grass allows visitors to approach silently.

Casa Debbio

Our wisteria has grown well and might cover the pergola in 2019.

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

We grew so many peonies this year I picked bunches of them to give to friends. We have 65 plants and some of them have doubled in size since I planted them.

Casa Debbio

Geraniums thrived this year and loved their new big pots we put behind the barbecue.

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

Casa Debbio

I had to leave all this loveliness behind in June to return to Australia. A delightful French family rented the house in summer and loved it.

When I returned in autumn the garden was still looking beautiful.

Casa Debbio

How lovely it is to sit and watch the seasons change at Casa Debbio.

Casa Debbio

My last job before leaving in November was to cut the lavender. This is from just a couple of plants. We have around 350 lavender plants now. They grow well in our garden.

Casa Debbio

I will be back soon to encourage the garden again in 2019.

We would love to share our beautiful Tuscan mountain house next year. Send me an email at debrakolkka@gmail.com if you are interested and please share this post with anyone who might like to enjoy the peace and solitude of a Tuscan mountain holiday in 2019. Tuscany is more than Chianti. Our glorious mountains are dotted with hundreds of authentic villages waiting to be explored.


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  2. I love this post and the photos, Debra. You certainly have a green thumb and have made Casa Debbio so beautiful. I hope I can visit sometime again.

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    On Dec 30, 2018 1:39 AM, “Bagni di Lucca and Beyond” wrote:

    Debra Kolkka posted: “My year at Casa Debbio, our Tuscan mountain house, began in February. It was cold and wet. Winter seemed to drag on this year and spring was reluctant to show its face. On the up side, winter does make for some spectacular views from Vergemoli, the go”

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  4. Such wonderful photos of a wonderful place. How fortunate we were to visit.

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    • It was great to have you at Casa Debbio. I am very keen to be back there to get stuck into the garden again.

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  5. So beautiful, Debra. Gorgeous views and colourful plants. You’ve done a great job. 👏🏻😍

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    • It has been 5 years work to create the garden. We are very happy with the progress.

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  6. Simply gorgeous! I wonder have you ever considered a book showcasing Casa Debbio and its Gardens?

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  7. It just looks so beautiful once the Spring/Summer arrives. Winter plays it’s part for all the European plants.
    Really fascinating to watch the transformation… Jx

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    • I quite like the winter landscape, but I love watching spring unfold.

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  8. Hi deb It looks totally AMAzing from where you’ve come from. A lot of hard work but so worth it. Hope all is good with you. Kendall

    Sent from Kendall on a very effective small device that never rests…

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    • There is a huge difference from where we started. It gets better every year.

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  9. It is wonderful to see what you have achieved with a garden that was not easy. Congratulations!

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    • We are happy with our garden and look forward to another year of improvement.

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  10. What a paradise .. such a wonderful achievement.

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    • I love to get up early in the morning and walk along the paths to see what is growing.

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  11. Spectacular Deb. Best wishes for 2019

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    • I hope you have a wonderful 2019. Perhaps we will see you in Italy one day soon

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  12. Your wonderful home has such a different feel as each season passes. I’m sure whoever stays there this year will throughly enjoy their visit…I know I would if I was there. It would had to leave your beautiful garden to go off visiting other parts of Tuscany. Wishing you all the best in this new year.

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    • I love every season at Casa Debbio, but spring is my favourite. I love to see things begin to grow. It is exciting to see how our plants come to life each year. It is difficult to leave the garden especially when the peonies are in bloom.
      Have a wonderful 2019.

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  13. Such pretty flowers-are there purple freesias? I love the scent of freesias. I really want to visit Italy this year!

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    • I planted freesia bulbs in autumn. I hope they come up this spring. I love them too.

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  14. Happy New Year Debra! Another beautiful year!

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  15. So utterly perfect.

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