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18/03/2017

I left my heart at...






...Parco Burcina, a landscape garden in Piedmont region (Italy), founded in the mid-19th century by Giovanni Piacenza, a wool industrialist, and situated in the Municipalities of Biella and Pollone.

I must go back sometimes... to visit my heart and to take more and better photos. Oh, I wish I had had a digital camera when I was living in Italy!






We visited the park in May many years ago; that day it had been raining before we arrived and the air was fresh and fragrant with scents from the grand conifers of the park. The valley of rhododendrons is stunning. On the internet, you can find many photos (much, much better than these!) depicting the valley from above, but imagine yourself rambling among the shrubs, surrounded by all those colours...






By myself, I followed a path leading to the top of the hill. Noisy schoolchildren and other visitors were left far behind, and I found serene small meadows and young birches with leaves of the most delicate green.  

The colours and light  are particularly bad in the photo below, but it shows the position of the park on a hill.






We saw pleasant views also on our way back home. Oasi Zegna is a freely accessible nature park in the Biella Alps. It was created by the entrepreneur Ermenegildo Zegna, founder of the homonymous factory that makes men's clothing and accessories.









Some old photos taken in our garden (in Italy):












Awful colours, but dear memories:






One of my favourites, Azalea japonica 'Palestrina':








59 comments:

  1. Näyttää melkein epätodellisen ihanalta nuo italialaisen puutarhan kuvat!
    Atsaleoista haaveilen, niitä haluan metsään, ja kukkamaahan ja vähän kaikkialle. Tuo valkoinen ihanuus lumoaa. Miten voi olla jotain noin kaunista!

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    1. Kiitos, Laura! <3
      Parco Burcina on ihana paikka ja varmasti käymisen arvoinen jokaiselle rhodojen ja atsaleoiden ystävälle. Vanhat kuvani eivät valitettavasti tee puistolla oikeutta.
      'Palestrina' on tosiaan komea. Nyt huomaan, että kuvassa sen kukat näyttävät hieman liikaa kermanvalkoisilta. Niitä olisi pitänyt editoida valkoisemmiksi. :)

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  2. Jag förstår att du längtar tillbaka! Det är helt andra förutsättningar för odling av våra favoriter, Rhododendron. Här får vi kämpa mot ett kyligt klimat som inte alltid är vänligt mot växterna. Men vi får göra så gott vi kan med det som står tillbuds.

    Sara, det här med språket är inget problem. Du kan skriva på engelska eller finska, jag förstår båda språken men föredrar att skriva på svenska.

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    1. Kiitos, Gunilla! <3
      Minulla on periaatteessa melko hyvä paikka alppiruusuille, havupuuvaltaisen sekametsän ympäröimä piha. Talvisuojaus on stressaavinta, ensin pakkasta, painavaa lunta ja sitten kevätaurinkoa vastaan.

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  3. No, kukapa tuonne ei sydäntään jättäisi!

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    1. Ainakin jokainen kauniiden kasvien ystävä jättää! <3

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    1. Kiitos, Kruunu Vuokko! <3
      Paikka on satumaisen kaunis. Vanhat, skannatut valokuvat eivät pysty mitenkään välittämää sen ihanaa keväistä tunnelmaa. Syksyllä siellä voisi ihailla uskomattoman kaunista ruskaa.

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  5. Upeat kesäiset ja värintäyteiset kuvat. :)

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    1. Kiitos, Puutarhamyyrä! <3
      Oikeasti siellä on paljon kauniimpaa kuin näissä kuvissa...

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  6. Beautiful photos! Wonderful rhododendron and azalea. I understand that you want to go back there.

    Happy Weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Marit! <3
      Rhododendrons are fabulous plants.
      Happy weekend to you too!

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  7. Varmasti on upea paikka ja niin kaunista kukintaa. En yhtään ihmettele, että on ikävä tuollaista paikkaa. - Mukavaa viikonlopun jatkoa!

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    1. Kiitos samoin, Anneli! <3
      Kun pääsisi rhodojen kukinnan aikaan. Digikameralla voisi ottaa ziljoona kuvaa...

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  8. Ihania kuvia! Niissä on nostalgiaa, filmikamerallako nuo on otettu? Ehkäpä parempi näin. Henkeä salpaavan kaunis tuo paikka..♡♡♡

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    1. Kiitos, Teresa! <3
      Nämä ovat tosiaan vanhoja paperikuvia skannattuina. Minä kuvasin pitkään filmille, mutta nyt olen aivan rakastunut digikameroihin. Varsinkin siihen että kuvia voi ottaa vaikka kuinka paljon.
      Suosittelen kaikille Parco Burcinan etsimistä kuvahaulla. Sekä keväältä että syksyltä löytyy aivan ihania kuvia. :)

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  9. It looks a beautiful place xx I am a fan of Rhododendrons and mine is just starting to bud.

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    1. Thank you, Leah! <3
      Your are so lucky! We still have much snow...
      xx

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  10. Such a beautiful spot! I can certainly understand why you miss it so. Memories are a wonderful thing to have, when you cannot be there in person. Enjoy your photos and the memories they bring.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! <3
      Memories are indeed a wonderful thing to have and sometimes sharing them with others makes them even more wonderful.

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  11. Brilliant and beautiful photos, Sara! I feel as though I am taking this walk! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! <3
      I'm sure you would enjoy a walk there very much.
      Have a great week ahead!

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  12. Henkeäsalpaavan kaunista! Upeat maisemat ja hieno runsas kukinta.

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    1. Kiitos, Piparminttu! <3
      Kun nyt muistelen noita maisemia, ne tuntuvat ihan paratiisilta. :)

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  13. Todella ihania kukkivia pensaita;-)

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    1. Alppiruusuissa ja atsaleoissa on sitä jotakin! <3

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  14. Dear Sara,It is so obvious why you missed there ...
    The photos are fabulous ♥♥♥

    Have a wonderful weekend

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    1. Thank you, Nurdan! <3
      Correct me if I'm wrong: There are absolutely gorgeous rhododendron sites in Turkey too!
      Have a happy week ahead!

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  15. I would have left my heart there, too.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. I'm sure you would have, Mario! <3 Greetings to London! :)

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  16. Rhododendrons and azaleas always give sensational beauty. These gardens would be magnificent to visit. Thank so much for sharing and for caring about our heat. I really shouldn't complain when I don't have to go out and work in it.

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    1. You would love the gardens, Helen. <3
      I hope the temperatures will normalize soon!

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  17. Upean vehreät ja värikkäät kuvat! Kyllä tuonne helposti sydämensä jättäisi. Aurinkoista sunnuntaita!

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    1. Kiitos, Tiiu! <3
      Se alkukesän vehreys oli osa unohtumatonta elämystä.
      Keväistä uutta viikkoa!

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  18. How beautiful! Your photos are gorgeous. It looks like a lovely park - and it's always good to get away from the noisy school kids ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! <3
      Yes, nature is best enjoyed without masses of noisy kids. :)

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  19. Tekisi niin mieli mennä samoilemaan noihin kauniisiin paikkoihin 💚

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  20. Kukoistavaa rehevyyttä! Kun noita katselee, on pakko ihmetellä, miksi kukaan on koskaan halunnut jättää nuo maisemat ja lähteä pois...

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    1. Hyvä kysymys, Pirkko! <3
      Tätä on minulta kysytty usein. :) Jos voitaisiin ajatella vain kauneutta, kaikki asuisivat Italiassa. No, meillä oli perhe-, työ-, opiskelusyitä tulla ainakin toistaiseksi Suomeen. Eläkepäivistä jossain vuoristossa meren rannalla jutellaan, mutta toistaiseksi haluan rakennella suomalaista metsäpuutarhaani. :)

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    2. Käytännön elämä vaatii valintoja, mutta on lohdullista, jos tie on auki paluuseen. Nyt on hyvä hetki keskittyä suomalaiseen puutarhaan - saamme kohta kevään ja pikkulinnut!

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  21. Mind refreshing flowers. Lovely capture. I feel fresh after seeing the flowers picture...

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  22. Such a wonderful place! I understand why you left your heart there. :) Beautiful flowers and magical landscape. How good it would be if we could preserve the scents too... somehow... in an album, like the photographs. :) Have a delightful week! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Edit! <3
      I often wish we could share scents also through our blog posts! :)
      Have a happy week ahead!!

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  23. What a beautiful park to wander in; the rhodos and azaleas are such pretty flowers. The views you've shown make me want to book a trip to Italy!
    Like you, I wish I'd had a digital camera while living elsewhere (for me it was South America). Scanning those old photos just doesn't do the scenes justice.

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    1. Thank you, Lorrie! <3
      I must say I too wish you'd had a digital camera while living in South America!

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  24. Don't blame you for falling in love. That rhododendron in the first picture is one of the loveliest I've ever seen -- we used to grow them (and a lot of better gardeners than we were did too) back when we lived in Oregon. It's too hot here. Same with the azaleas... they are just beautiful. I wish I'd had a digital camera years ago too ... but at least we have our memories.

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    1. It is wonderful indeed, Sallie, and to think the Valley of Rhododendrons is an area of two hectares, full of rhododendrons and azaleas of all kinds! :)
      Florida is fascinating too, especially in your photos. <3

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  25. Beautiful photos enjoyed this post very much. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  26. I will be in Italy later this year, but only briefly unfortunately, and not in the Piedmont district, so I won't be able to look for your heart.

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    1. Well, thanks anyway! :)
      Seriously, I'm really looking forward to reading about your time in Italy! <3

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  27. What a beautiful park! How wonderful, that this rich man, gave others, this lovely place to wander.

    Luna Crone
    Upper NE of US

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    1. You are so right! It was a wonderful gift to the community.
      Thank you for your comment! <3

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  28. What a truly beautiful place to visit Sara. If only we could press a button and be transported back in time for another amazing visit :)

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    1. If only, Prunella! <3
      You would love the place too.
      Stay safe! xx

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  29. I can see why this place captured your heart... Having photos of places we treasure is lovely, and so easily transports back there and to the memories.

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    1. So true. The photos help memories not to fade.
      Stay safe, Jade! <3

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