The magical garden in Markham Square, Chelsea, where I'll be poet in residence this June, was in my mind today as I visited Casa dell'Abate Naldi, a beautiful courtyard in San Quirico D'Orcia, open today as part of the ADSI open gardens scheme.
This is a very special space hidden in the heart of the village, loved by its gardeners and owners, open today to visitors and filled with flute music, thanks to visiting flautist Katrina Emtage from Ireland. It made me think more about the special qualities of a town garden; here in the Val D'Orcia we're surrounded by nature and all the flowers and vistas of May, yet in this small enclosed courtyard there was something different. The season came to a momentary rest inside the walls.
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