Two days ago – looking a little worse for wear after being rescued from a sudden hailstorm, the new addition to MotH’s rose collection is doing quite well even after all the abuse it received just to get it back home. At a garden fair last weekend in Piemonte, this unique variety named Mokarosa immediately caught our eye and stood out from the rest. The buds start off in a flesh-pink color and when fully opened, into a coffee cream hue. In the pic below, I took a photo at 11am and then 6 hours later, and was surprised to note the subtle change in color.
It doesn’t have a strong perfume, but is said to be highly disease resistant, and flowers from May to October. We are definitely not color-coordinated when picking roses so this one should fit it in perfectly with the blush pink, red, yellow, and light purple one, no problem!
Sacra di San Michele near Torino
Incredible to think that just a week ago, we were admiring this view of the Sacra di San Michele in Piemonte and wishing that we didn’t have to go home. Happy Mother’s Day to all you Moms!
Agriturismo Parco del Grep treestay in the Piemonte region.
Treestays or tree house accommodations are nothing new around the world, and there are truly unbelievably pimped out abodes that would make Tarzan turn green with envy. I thought I’d never see them here in Italy but not too long ago, Parco del Grep came across my radar and that was all I needed to know.
Located in the Piemonte region, roughly 40 km east of Torino, Parco del Grep’s treehouse was just my idea of what a modern casa sull’albero should look like: simple, constructed in wood, and with a tree incorporated into its design. A wild cherry tree is part of the balcony at this one, and must be quite something to gaze upon during the blooming season. Even at other times of the year, how can you not love waking up to the sunrise (the house faces east) through those glass sliding doors!
The house is about a couple minutes walk from the agriturismo’s parking and main building and sits next to an open grassy space. Paths leading to the tree tent (yes!) and the tower ruins take you through quiet nature and beautiful greenery.
We love places that offer dinner service, especially when it includes locally-sourced products and vegetables direct from the garden. The pre fix 4-course menu (antipasti, primo, secondo, dolce) introduced us to some tasty salumi, cheese, and wine, all from the surrounding area.
Parco del Grep treehouse went beyond our expectations but there are probably still those who can’t live without wi-fi or tv. So… if I were to give a recommendation, it would have to take on a Shakespearean bent: To tree, or not to tree, that is the question.