a jewel at the Riviera dei Fiori / Liguria - a few impressions:
In December 1992 I have found by chance this little spot: a garden, belonging to it a studio with a small bath room and a portico (an open hall as a passageway to the garden). I saw the old venerable house during its restoration. I was told that it had been a small cloister in earlier times. This I can well understand, because it stands beside the church of the small village, two kilometers away from the Mediterranean Sea. Although the garden was then full of building material, I felt something like love at first sight. Indeed, the room with the vault cover, belonging to the garden, promised to certainly become wonderful by the renovation. The other larger eight apartments didn't interest me.
This garden has developed during the past years into a small paradise. I am occupied for some days about 5 - 6 times an year by maintaining the mainly exotic plants and by waiting for their blossoms.
However, my presence is also necessary to trim the plants and to prevent them from suffering of thirst. Also the oranges, lemons and loquats (Nespole) have to be picked at the right time. The small, crammed garden, measuring not even 100 m², therefore needs my care urgently. It gives me well-beeing, I can keep myself fit with garden work and indulge in dreams....
More about this garden and its surrounding can be found at
- many pictures of Mediterranean flora (the flowers are named, several plants with home South Africa),
- pictures of native and some tropical orchids,
- many succulents,
- various tree frogs (from spawn to adult hyla) and other "Garden residents"
- Map where Pairola is located and pictures of the area -
Garden tips on various plants are also included (in German).
For 24 years now the Riviera Garden gives me the certain something I need for my well-being. Some plants are unfortunately no longer available - others, as succulents who need little care, have been added.
The higher age does not really bother me, there are the consecutive health problems. The regular stays in my for me wonderful garden at the Mediterranean Sea help, everything easier to handle.
more about my health condition and the documented "events":
76-year-old (picture 2011)
81-year-old (jan 2017)
August 2018: I had to stiffen the lumbar spine because of persistent back pain, which at least for the time being does not allow me to bend down to the floor. I've looked after the garden for 25 years, now it seems that the time has come to give it up.
As of January 1, 2019, I have given away as a gift the garden and associated property (portico and studio, fully furnished and equipped with everything necessary) advertised in the homepage and Facebook: a very nature-loving woman is happy to continue the garden in my sense, also to take me sometimes on the Riviera - now only the notarial transfer has to take place...