• Active & Green
    • Lifestyle

Lombardy: spring has come to town

Spring flowers bloom on the balconies, terraces, window sills and in the gardens of Lombardy's towns and villages 

Spring has arrived, bringing with it the eagerly awaited and wonderful spectacle of nature reawakening, as it does every year.  As the cold weather recedes, buds literally explode on the branches of trees and plants in the town gardens and balconies of throughout Lombardy.

 

Flowers are blooming everywhere: in the parks and flowerbeds and every green corner, but it is above all the balconies that give city dwellers the satisfaction of seeing daisies, tulips, daffodils, violets, primroses, jasmine, camellias, and wisteria grow... And, for the more daring, it is time to sow some small vegetables, for an entirely home-grown harvest. 

 

Flowers bloom on city balconies 
Confined to the city and home by the health emergency, as we wait to get back to enjoying Lombardy's beautiful landscapes, many of us have devoted ourselves to urban gardening, creating oases of green at home, green gyms for exercising our green fingers. In Lombardy, gardening has invaded balconies, terraces, windows and even metropolitan gardens. Have you already put yourself to the test or would you like to? In that case, let's discover together the 10 most common flowers that bloom in spring, between March and April, marking the arrival of this beautiful season.

Spring flowers in terraces and gardens
Want to take up gardening in the city? Spring is the right time! The first flowers to announce the arrival of spring are daisies, which create dense, soft carpets of colour in the lawns of public gardens, houses and apartment blocks. They are joined by primroses, colourful wild meadow plants that are perfect for balconies and can also be eaten. Then we have delicate violets: the bravest ones appear at the end of March, warmed by the direct rays of the sun.
In spring, tulips are a must on the balcony. These bulbs are planted in autumn and develop into flowers with bright corollas, reminiscent of turbans. They are called tullbands in Turkey, the country from which, in the 16th century, they were imported to European royal palaces from the court of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. According to legend, red tulips are drops of tears mixed with the blood of the beautiful Farhad, who was mortally wounded and desperate because she would never see her beloved again. Every spring, however, her memory is revived by the blossoming of this beautiful flower. Another elegant balcony flower is the daffodil or narcissus, which gets its name from the beautiful protagonist of many myths. In Greek mythology, the cruel Narcissus – enamoured of his own image and repentant – kills himself, and the flower emerges for the first time from the earth, soaked in his blood. Finally, we have the charming and brightly coloured gerberas, large daisies that bloom in late spring. 
 

Climbing plants and shrubs that bloom in spring
Pink and white corollas glisten on the branches of cherry trees in March. The Camellia shrub produces beautiful flowers in sophisticated white and all shades of red. Jasmine and wisteria delight us with their intense, sweet scents. Jasmine has small white flowers that look like stars, while wisteria covers windowsills and climbs balconies and porches with cascades in an unmistakable shade of lilac.  

 

The most beautiful balconies? The most widely photographed! 
If you don't have green fingers or you are simply looking for extra inspiration, you should know that Instagram has a huge following of flower and garden enthusiasts. With the hashtag #balconifioriti (over 23 thousand posts) you can find the most photogenic balconies in Italy, including many in Lombardy. There are almost 2,000 posts tagged #balconiditalia with examples from all over Italy. Dedicated to Lombardy's capital city, #balconimilanesi collects photos of contemporary and vintage balconies and window sills. The famous and much-photographed balconies of the #boscoverticalemilano are a real spectacle in this period! Finally, #igerslombardia shows beautiful videos and images of spring blooms in our region.  
Designer gardening and more
If, in addition to urban gardening, you would like to cultivate a small vegetable garden, @ilcontadinonick, a guy from Desio (MI) will give you the best advice on how to care for flowers and seedlings. And finally, while waiting for the botanical gardens to reopen, we suggest you admire the snapshots of the flowers that have just come into bloom at @villacarlotta_lakecomo, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Italy.

 

On the same topic

Suzzara forest

An urban forest in the Municipality of Suzzara, created to recreate an environment typical of the Po Valley of the past.
  • Active & Green
Suzzara Forest

Yoga in Parco Sempione

A green oasis in Milan.
  • Active & Green
Yoga in Parco Sempione

Navigli by Boat

Did you know that it is possible to take a boat trip on the Milanese Navigli? Discover with us your ideal itinerary.
  • Active & Green
A boat trip on Navigli

Visconti park

The medieval splendor come alive in today's Pavia.
  • Active & Green
Visconti Park

Adrenaline and Rafting on the Ticino

Active holiday in the province of Pavia
  • Active & Green
Active vacations in Pavia

Where to Go Fishing in Lombardy

Carps, chars, trout. River and lake fish. Some advice on where to go fishing in Lombardy. From Pavia to Como
  • Active & Green
Where to go fishing in Lombardy, hints and ideas

Lake Iseo

Visit Lake Iseo between art and nature.
  • Active & Green
Lake Iseo

The Patriarch's Greenway Path

An easy walk to discover Varenna and its most charming corners, with unique views on the central lake.
  • Active & Green
The Patriarch's Greenway Path

Markets in bloom, in May in Lombardy

A guide to the most beautiful and interesting events with flowers and plants in Lombardy, including markets, exhibitions, workshops, courses and competitions.
  • Active & Green
Mercati in fiore, a maggio in Lombardia - franciacortainfiore.it

Fontanili park

Parco dei Fontanili: the ideal place to live in the green and spend your free time.
  • Active & Green
Fontanili Park

Zivido

Urban forest located in the municipality of San Giuliano Milanese characterized by the presence of plant species of the Po Valley.
  • Active & Green
Zivido

Swim away from the crowds in Lombardy

8 little-known destinations to swim in Lombardy
  • Active & Green
Swim away from the crowds in Lombardy

The “Triangolo Lariano”: the Corni di Canzo mountain group

These mountains are amazing for outdoor-life lovers with a choice of steep cliffs for climbers, erratic rocks for boulderers and high-altitude hiking trails with a lake view
  • Active & Green
The “Triangolo Lariano”: the Corni di Canzo mountain group

Spine-tingling Lombardy: discovering 5 mysterious places in our region

  • Active & Green
Lombardia da brivido - Faccia del Diavolo

In between the lake and the sky

Episode 2
  • Active & Green
In between the lake and the sky

Horse riding

  • Active & Green
Horse riding

Sesto Calende

Sesto Calende: between history and nature.
  • Active & Green
Sesto Calende: gateway at Lake Maggiore, along Ticino river

Cycling from Col d'Anzana to Val Fontana

  • Active & Green
Cycling from Col d'Anzana to Val Fontana

Where to keep cool in Lombardy

If you are looking to cool down a little in the summer heat, here are a few suggestions.
  • Active & Green
Where to keep cool in Lombardy

Kitesurf in Lombardy

Where to do kitesurfing in Lombardy
  • Active & Green
Windsurf, Como lake