The Signs of Spring in Calabria

Even though you couldn’t tell from yesterday’s cold, windy, rainy Pasquetta weather, primavera is definitely here in Calabria, and do you know how I know?

From the flowers on the trees.

I’ve always loved the season of spring and its gorgeous gifts, but before living here I didn’t pay much attention to what blooms when or even really which flowers belong to which trees.

Now I have the routine down and look forward to it every year, which you might be able to tell from my posting about the first almond blossoms–here are last year’s and remember these from January?

Yes, the almond tree (il mandorlo) always flowers first.

Next comes the apricot tree (l’albicocco):

apricot tree blossoming on flickr

Then the plum tree (il prugno):

plum tree blossoming on flickr

And finally the peach tree (il pesco):

peach tree blossoming on flickr

peach blossoms on flickr

Watching this cycle with anticipation and excitement every year is so soothing to me–knowing that, without fail, these blossoms will usher in the new season, new growth, new opportunities, new possibilities.

Also? The figs are coming! The figs are coming!

first figs of the season on flickr

I just love the sweet breath of inspiration that spring provides, don’t you?

29 Beans of Wisdom to “The Signs of Spring in Calabria”
  1. 03.25.2008

    Yeay, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into a nice sweet, juicy peach! πŸ™‚

    I love peaches too Giulia. Was just thinking the other day–that’s what my fruit salad needed!

  2. 03.25.2008

    Check, check, check, all of those have happened except the figs– and I haven’t actually looked yet, but I expect we are behind you there– and then, and then…. I woke up to snow on the ground and the roofs this morning!

    Judith in Umbria’s last blog post..Hot crossed buns for Easter

    Ugh the weather has been horrible here too, although no snow…*very* high winds and rain though.

  3. 03.25.2008

    Io sempre amo gli alberi in primavera! I love Magnolia and Cherry Blossoms. The Peach tree in your photo is so pretty though. And figs…don’t get me started!!!! Yum πŸ˜‰

    My Melange’s last blog post..Summoning the Green Fairy

    Don’t get me started either on the figs…I can’t wait!

  4. 03.25.2008

    Great photos. Plus it’s nice to know spring is somewhere as we are due to get snow yet again today.

    I’m glad you showed the fig tree as we brought a snipping home from Portugal two years ago and it is over a metre high now. Perhaps figs next year?

    running42k’s last blog post..Legs

    Well I’ll keep my fingers crossed for that fig tree! But snow again?! Come on Mother Nature πŸ˜‰

  5. 03.25.2008

    Beautiful signs of spring are blossoming all around you! I’m so done with winter πŸ™‚

    bella’s last blog yesterday

    Hah! Me too Bella, me too!

  6. 03.25.2008

    Funny you wrote about this today. I JUST noticed our cherry tree yesterday, and our orange trees today!!! I love them and the area always smells soooo nice!!

    Cherrye’s last blog post..Holy Weekend – Easter in Italy

    Funny you mention cherry trees…I just wrote on my Flickr site that I wasn’t even sure if we had cherry trees around here. Guess we do! And yes, the smells are definitely lovely πŸ™‚

  7. 03.25.2008

    it’s been nice to watch the trees bloom and now start to turn green again here as well…i just wish the spring weather we had a couple of weeks ago would return :/

    erin’s last blog post..festa della donna & a bike ride

    It was gorgeous, wasn’t it? It’ll be back soon, I’m sure. Well I’m hoping πŸ˜‰

  8. i-Mommy

    Beautiful pictures!

    Thanks i-Mommy πŸ™‚

  9. Sorry if this is a double post. something funky was going on.

    Michelle, you have all those trees in your area?

    Lucky you!

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Happy 80th Dad!

    Sorry about the funky-ness! All of those trees except the peach are actually in our garden πŸ™‚

  10. carol

    you bring tears to my eyes and a longing to be there that the cherry blossoms here in DC cannot soothe.

    Oh and those cherry blossoms are pretty too….

  11. SabineM

    Lovely photos! I love Spring. My favorite time of the year!!! Hope you had a nice Easter!

    SabineM’s last blog post..Happy Easter and more…

    Thanks Sabine; I love spring too, and thanks I had a lovely Easter πŸ™‚

  12. 03.25.2008

    I arrived home to Germany with a snow fall to greet me but many flowers in bloom. Yes, it gives me hope!

    Diane Mandy’s last blog post..A friend in need

    Snow and flowers…gotta love it Diane πŸ˜‰

  13. Gil

    The only signs of Spring around here are some Robins and a few crocuses popping their heads out of the ground. Funny how you Italy and England got snow for Easter and not Christmas. Happy Spring!

    Ooh we have lots of birds singing too…some heavy rain, but no snow thank goodness!

  14. 03.25.2008

    i know these springy flowers are meant to inspire for the season, but i can’t keep my mouth from watering…i’d love some figs & apricots right about now!

    qualcosa di bello’s last blog post..holy week hiatus…

    I can’t wait either Qualcosa πŸ™‚

  15. A Novelist

    Ohh, what gorgeous pictures. I’m still waiting for spring to arrive in NYC. It’s sunny and clear, but very cold! πŸ™‚

    A Novelist’s last blog post..Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Well sunny is half the battle! Hope it warms up soon πŸ™‚

  16. 03.25.2008

    Oh how beautiful! My father just left for Italy on Saturday, how I wish I could be with him…I spent the Easter holiday in Italy a couple of years ago, and the springtime is just wonderful! Although, most times I’ve been in Italy have been amazing…

    sadira’s last blog post..Silhouette Drama…

    Hope your father is enjoying his time here! The weather’s been kind of crazy the past few days, but hopefully it’s calming down now.

  17. 03.25.2008

    Those trees are lovely and any thought of figs brings me to summer… instantly. Beautiful!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..Springtime in Michigan

    Thanks Jen πŸ™‚

  18. 03.25.2008

    OH figs….let me start saving my money now because I will spend a small fortune on figs, as they are so rare and so freakin’ expensive here in New England. Oh how I love me some figs!!!

    Those are beautiful photos, and I don’t know that I’ve ever noticed flowering trees before, but now I’ll be on the lookout as well.

    Karina’s last blog post..Spring Fling – Thursday Thirteen #47

    I wish I could send you some Karina; it never ceases to amaze me how many are just left to rot on the ground when so many around the world would *love* to have them. They just don’t transport well unfortunately πŸ™

    Anyway keep looking for those trees…and take photos!

  19. 03.25.2008

    i love the picture of the baby figs….they have to be one of my fav fruits! it’s always so hard to find them fresh here….esp. if they’re out of season!

    enjoy some for me πŸ™‚

    Eryn’s last blog post..It’s the first day of spring…

    Will do Eryn!

  20. 03.26.2008

    It is amazing how one never pays mind to such things until you live in a different environment. Less people, less concrete, less noise. It sort of carves the way to allowing oneself to really see what is around. Sometimes all those other things are just distractions from the beauty nature provides.
    My favourite is the peach tree. Those blossoms are beautiful and peaches aren’t bad either!

    cheeky’s last blog post..Bush By Foot

    So true Cheeky; I always *wanted* to be able to identify trees and plants from their leaves and flowers–now I’m getting the chance to learn in the best way πŸ™‚

  21. 03.26.2008

    I am jealous of your spring. We had more snow falling today… although the rumor is it will turn to rain at some point this evening.

    Shan’s last blog post..spreading the linky love #9

    Rain is good! Rain means spring…right?

  22. 03.26.2008

    I love the pictures… We, too, are bursting all over!

    Jill’s last blog post..Pasquetta

    Thanks Jill; spring sure is lovely isn’t it?

  23. 03.26.2008

    ooooh – i love the apricot flower!

    Isn’t it unique? I love the colors too πŸ™‚

  24. 03.26.2008

    Beautiful flowers! I can’t wait to see them here! ; )

    Anali’s last blog post..Stuff Educated Black People Like

    Thanks! I hope they’re on their way πŸ™‚

  25. 03.26.2008

    Oh my, that is simply beautiful! Happy Spring, my Calabrian friend.

    Kelli’s last blog post..African Heart, American Summer

    Thanks Kelli; same to you πŸ™‚

  26. 03.27.2008

    beautiful photos!

    Crazy Daisy’s last blog post..Wacky Web Wednesday

    Thanks Crazy Daisy!

  27. 03.27.2008

    Spring? What spring? It’s already summer here in Dubai! πŸ˜‰
    Lovely photos! Reminds me of Japan so much.

    grace’s last blog post..13 Reasons to love Dubai

    Hah, and here we’ve regressed a bit…some cooler temps, definitely not summer yet!

  28. 03.28.2008

    Wonderful post and great blog! Just discovered you – doing some research on Calabria (I’m a travel writer and will be there in a month or two). I’ve also been blogging about Spring – in Turkey, where I’m currently writing. I’ll add you to my blogroll and check in frequently.

    laradunston’s last blog post..Observations on Cretan Village Life, or enjoying a bit of ethnographic travel

    Pleased to meet you Lara and I’m looking forward to getting to know you better πŸ™‚

  29. 03.28.2008

    I don’t know which I love more, the beautiful pictures or the idea of all that delectable fresh fruit. I’m so happy you get to enjoy these trees year ’round, and that you are willing to share their beauty. πŸ™‚

    I’d share lots of fruit with you too if I could–so much of it always goes to waste around here b/c people neglect their trees πŸ™

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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