Tuscan-style Landscape and Snuff Out Snails!
Tuscan Landscape Design
True Tuscan landscaping is about working around the natural plants and flowers and earth tone colours. Large areas of green lawn aren't as popular as they don't want to waste precious water on lawns...more for the agriculture of growing fruits and vegetables.
Snuff out snails the natural way--read on...
My hungry hummingbirds keep me busy filling their feeders:
Vickie's easy hummingbird nectar recipe:
Heat to almost a boil: 1 cup sugar to 3 cups water. Let cool and pour into a feeder such as this one. Some feeders don't work as well as this style. You don't even need to put red food color in their water. I fill and refill at least 2-3 times per week.
A rooftop landscape in Lucca, Italy.
There is a very long history about the cypress tress, but they were used by the wealthy in Italy--the more leading to one's house, the more influential the owner.
Awful snail or slug problem?
According to Life in Italy, a jam-jar buried in the soil and filled with diluted red-wine, or any liquid containing yeast, such as beer, will drive slugs and snails into the wine to die a very happy death! This would be safe around pets.
Having lived near a river and ocean at different times, I love tranquil water flowing around me. A simple, inexpensive pot or broken ceramics can be made into a great flowing fountains or groupings with flowers. Lots of container gardens for herbs and flowers...
Landscape photo I took in Pienza, Tuscany
Don't forget the flowers!
I love how the flowers make this Grand Hotel in Bellagio even more beautiful
Not in Tuscany, this is a friend's villa...he hadn't completed the landscaping yet.
I will follow up later to share more photos of the yard....
The backyard steps lead up to the pool.
The outdoor kitchen...
The Italians love their pools in Italy
The use of stone and lavendar is very attractive.
This beautiful contemporary Craftsman is in Bend, Oregon had many elements of a tranquil Tuscan landscape. A man made creek flows along side the whole side of the house. I spoke to the architect...he was listing this home for $1m. at the time.
Man made water feature, Golf Club in Spokane, WA.
Dry rock bed in Flagstaff, AZ.; Life in Italy yardscape; patio and dry rock bed, fireplace and pond.
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