May and the garden is bursting with colour

May and June are spectacular months here at Bellaugello Gay Guest House in Umbria.  The weather is warm, and spring has filled the trees with fruit – all be it that the birds stripped bare a cherry tree in just one morning.  The roses are blooming, the geraniums bursting forth with their deep reds and crimsons, and the lavender is growing daily bigger, flower heads filling.

Umbria and Toscana have many spectacular gardens open to the public and these months are an ideal time for the plantsman to visit, roads are quiet, there are few queues, and the colours are amazing.

Last night we sat for dinner of truffled lasagne, my Italian meatballs, scented with pine nuts and lemon zest, and a creamy lemon tart, all accompanied by wines chosen by the guys including the fabulous Di Filippo Poggio Madrigale, the deep intense Merlot and Sangiovese wine produced by the biological cantina of Di Filippo near Perugia.  Guests are from all over the world, both southern and northern hemispheres, and conversation flowed…