Monday, April 09, 2007

Easter Monday Flower Market

Easter Monday is flower market day in Milan and the traditional start of the balcony gardening year.

The market is held in and around Piazza San Angelo, a small cobbled piazza in front of a church, and lasts all day, till about eight in the evening.

You can find everything from alpines to zinnias, with tomato plants and olive trees along the way, but the majority of the plants are the balcony "standards" - pelargoniums, petunias, begonias, impatiens ....

I go most years, along with the other two million inhabitants of Milan …

This year I was fairly restrained and bought only the two yellow surfinia which I went to find.

But that didn’t stop me browsing for an hour or so. And taking photos. Enjoy.


Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

What a lovely and colourful display! And what restraint you showed by buying only 2 plants!!!

I was in Milan last year. Lovely city.

David (Snappy) said...

Wow, you were restrained.I would have bought loads.Lovely photos! Even the displays look sumptuous.How many balcony gardens are in Milan?

Sue Swift said...

Hi Snappy - lots. Almost everyone lives in apartment blocks and the more modern ones usually have balconies, though that doesn't mean that everyone cultivates them of course. Posh apartments may also have a terrace garden, often on the roof. Look up in Milan and you can nearly always see trees growing on the tops of buildings, seven or eight storeys up!

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