Springtime at Mr. Ciccone’s…Paradiso!

What could be better than hanging out with Mr. Ciccone on a beautiful spring morning?

mr ciccone

 

 

 

My friend and mentor, Giovanni Ciccone.

 

 

 

garlic plant

 

 

 

Garlic planted last fall will be ready to harvest in July.

 

 

 

grape vines

 

 

 

His grape vines are beginning to leaf out. He has the most extensive grape arbor I’ve ever seen with thousands of grapes in the fall.

 

 

 

old plow

 

 

 

He showed me this old plow. I remember my grandfather using one of these.

 

 

 

cane

 

 

 

His father made this cane many years ago. The photos don’t do it justice. It’s a work of art!

 

 

 

apple orchard

 

 

 

The apple orchard is in bloom.

 

 

 

blossoms

 

 

 

The blossoms were so fragrant.

 

 

 

burdock

 

 

 

I found this Burdock plant growing behind the garage. Many Italians forage for the flower stalks of this edible wild ‘cardoon’ in the springtime. It has a taste similar to artichokes.

 

 

 

sieve

 

 

 

Mr. Ciccone explained that this sieve was used to sift small stones out of soil when fine soil was needed for starting seeds.

 

 

 

la madonna

 

 

 

…and La Madonna watches over it all.

 

 

 

Learn more about Giovanni Ciccone  by clicking on his name here.

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