Anne Rees: a hobbyist’s point of view

May 23, 2010

She loves food, shoes and nail polish;

she hates America;

she thinks English is the best language in the world;

she is too vital (surely, more than us);

she is Anne Rees, my English teacher during these two semesters of University.

Oh, I forgot! She loves flowers as well, of course! :-)

Talking to her during one class, she said she likes blossoms and takes care of them, and since I told her about myblog, everytime she has some news about them, she tells me.

For instance, it happened when she went to Orticola, some days ago. Therefore, I coldn’t waste the chance to ask her what she did and her impressions too about that day.

This is what she told me:

“The other day I went to Orticola in the Giardini Pubblici, and each time I go it seems to be getting bigger and more varied. It was a beatiful day, not too hot, so neither the flowers, nor the visitors were wilting. The best time to go is in the morning before the crowds arrive. This year I noticed you could hire little green wheelbarrows to carry your purchase around; unfortunately, coming by underground means that you can’t really buy as much as you’d like to.

What is really nice is the relaxed atmosphere. The stallholders are all willing to give you information and advice, even if you don’t buy from them. I particularly like the stalls which oly sell one kind of plant. There were spectacular ones devoted to geraniums of all kinds, but my favourite is the one which specialises in lavenders. The had a lot of unusual kinds but not, unfortunately, the kind I was looking for, real English lavender.

Of course there were a lot of roses, but living in Monza and visiting he rose gardens there, I feel I’m a bit of an “expert”, so I was not unduly impressed by the variety. there was one which caught my eye though (and my nose): it was a striped rose called “Scentsation”.


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