Welcome to Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden), a photography blog with a slant towards gardening and nature. An amateur gardener and photographer, I hope to share beautiful moments with you through pictures. Let me know if you like them!
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Near our home, there's a spot that has been gradually covered by false spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia). The area is not very orderly, but these plants have a beautiful autumn colour and when they are blooming, they provide food for many insects.
This year, there are many bumblebees, my favourites!
During the day, you can hear their happy buzz, but what I find funny is that early in the evening the bumblebees (and some other insects) just stay on the flowers, without moving. Are they all resting? Sleeping?
If they are asleep, are they dreaming? :) What would they dream of on a beautiful July evening? Of the scented lilacs of June...
... or perhaps the lovely false acacias that their cousins can visit in Italy?
Small flower eaters are growing too. :) A young Lepus timidus or Lepus europaeus.
A blogger friend, Silvana of Amore, Pasta and Pizza (lovely recipes and great photos!), posted recently some delicious ice cream recipesand her post reminded me that the mint chocolate chip ice cream is one of my favourites but I have never tried to prepare it myself.
All you need is... cream (and milk), some natural yogurt (I don't use egg whites), perhaps a little bit of sugar, mint syrup and chocolate chips. (Having an ice cream maker helps, but you can have good results without one, chilling the mixture in a freezer and stirring vigorously every 30 minutes for 4 or 5 times.)
We have been making much ice cream this summer. There are many tasty and fun condiments you can use.
The faithful Musso Stella does the work. :)
A berry sorbet - blueberries, lingonberries, some strawberry jam and water:
Amarene are great in/with ice cream. This sour cherry tree was photographed in Italy. I should try growing them here...