European beech (Fagus sylvatica) seedlings

The embryonic leaves of Beech trees are so elegant.

We have a Beech hedge, so these seedlings are to be found everywhere in spring. They are easiest to spot and identify now, with their skirt-like cotyledons.

I’ll transplant a few in the local area, and pot up the rest to give away once the wood hardens-off!

Tropea - Calabria, Italy

Tropea is a famous bathing spot situated near a series of reefs. Legend has it Hercules stood on “the Coast of Gods” and made Tropea one of his personal ports. 

On shore, a maze of gorgeous laneways where you can eat pizza and fresh seafood with the locals. The local cathedral and the small museum nearby give an insight into Tropea’s history and culture.