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Green heart of Italy

Umbria is often called ‘the green heart of Italy’ in tourist brochures.

It is indeed bang in the middle of Italy and at this time of year, particularly after all the rain we’ve had, it’s very, very green.

Dappled green of mature oaks and oak scrub with forest-clad mountain beyond

Somehow the vegetation never quite achieves the juiciness which it does in Britain, but I think the quality of the light makes up for it. It’s like looking at a translucent green jewel.

Strimming in the lush orchard, it’s heart-breaking to go ripping destructively through stands of buttercups and red clover, but I remind myself that the alternative is to have plants that can literally reach the height of some of the trees.

Typical piece of the orchard grass

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