Guido Brunetti Gardens: Derivative Donna Leon Gardens for Fathers Day

by DerdriuMarriner

Guido Brunetti gardens, as derivative Donna Leon gardens, are Dad-pleasing flower, ground-cover, herbal, kitchen and woody Fathers Day gardenscapes.

A two- to three-week leave in the 2017 installment, Earthly Remains, by Donna Leon allows Venice's Commissioner to appreciate namesake Guido Brunetti gardens as derivative Donna Leon gardens for Fathers Day gardenscapes.

The gardenscape of edible, herbal, ornamental, woody plants on Sant'Erasmo (Saint Erasmus, 240?-June 10, 303?), the Venetian lagoon's market garden island, belongs to Guido's Falier in-laws. It centers upon a churning "sea of flowers, only flowers, growing in reckless abandon and with no apparent order, not of variety, colour, height nor size." Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series number 26 divulges few guidelines other than that "Colour ruled, shapes stood where they pleased, yet the whole was strangely harmonious."

Like the derivative cookbook and walking tours, Guido Brunetti gardens emerge from enumerating plants and their products employed, enjoyed and espied by Venice's practical-minded Police Commissioner.

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cultivation of castraure (purple artichokes) on Sant'Erasmo, known as l'Orto di Venezia ("the Garden of Venice")

via de le Motte, Sant'Erasmo
via de le Motte, Sant'Erasmo

Flowers from Guido Brunetti's Venice for Fathers Day

 

Guido finds that he "had never been good at remembering the names of flowers," other than carnations, gladioli, lilies and roses and his wife's favorites, irises. 

Elettra Zorzi gets fresh bouquets Mondays and Thursdays from Biancat, Fantin or Rialto as "a necessary expense" for her secretarial anteroom to Vice-Questore Giuseppe Patta's "opulence." Metropolitan City of Venice flowers have name recognition for Signorina Elettra: asters, black-eyed Susans, calla lilies, chrysanthemums, crocuses, cyclamens, daffodils, daisies, field lilies, geraniums and hibiscuses. They include hyacinths, lilacs, lilies-of-the-valley, marigolds, orchids, pansies, roses (red, white, yellow), sunflowers, tulips, Venus fly-traps and zinnias and, as climbing vines, clematis, jasmine and wisteria. 

Ground-cover, herbal, kitchen and woody gardenscapes join insular and mainland flowerscapes in the Guido Brunetti gardens that derivative Donna Leon gardens jumpstart for Fathers Day gardenscapes. 

 

Brunetti's Venice: Walks With the City's Best-Loved Detective by Toni Sepeda, with an introduction by Donna Leon ~ Available now via Amazon

The Commissioner goes by police launch or water taxi or by short walks since Venice lacks land transportation. The series includes detailed city maps. The author's friend, Toni Sepeda, tells the stories of the places in her book and her walking tours.
Brunetti's Venice: Walks with the City’s Best-Loved Detective

Guido Brunetti's Edibles, Ground-Covers, Herbs for Fathers Day

 

The Sant'Erasmo country gardenscape keeps an "equally long row of rosemary and lavender" left of a "long row" of colored boxes on waist-high stands before trees. Donna Leon's 26-book literary crime fiction series, 1992-2017, lists for the Commissioner's herbal gardenscapes basil, capers, chamomile, garlic, ginger, mints, onions, paprika, parsley, sage and thyme. 

Soil-filled containers make up Metropolitan City of Venice ground-cover gardenscapes and mingle with cereal grasses, gravel, marsh grasses, moss and seagrasses on Sant'Erasmo and the mainland. 

Kitchen gardenscapes need niches for nurturing nutritious apples, apricots, avocados, blueberries, cherries, currants, figs, grapes, kiwis, lemons, olives, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, pomegranates, raspberries and strawberries. 

Guido Brunetti gardens as derivative Donna Leon gardens for Fathers Day gardenscapes offer miscellaneous occurrences of coffee-friendly sugar beets and sugarcane, mushrooms, pasta-friendly grains and rice. 

 

Brunetti's Cookbook: recipes by Roberta Pianaro, culinary stories by Donna Leon ~ Available now via Amazon

Guido's family describe him as fixated on food. The Commissioner knows how to help in the kitchen. He even survives with grace the first ravioli ineptly made by his daughter.
Brunetti's Cookbook

Guido Brunetti's Bushes, Shrubs, Trees for Fathers Day

 

Kitchen gardenscapes provide places for artichokes, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplants, endive, lentils, peanuts, peas, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins and radicchio (Italian chicory). 

Corn, while qualifying as the source of flour for Guido's polenta, queues up with similarly prioritized radishes, spinach, squashes, tomatoes and zucchinis as kitchen gardenscape vegetables.

Woody gardenscapes recall herbal gardening with bay laurel, camphor, linden, verbena and willow and kitchen gardening with almond, cocoa, chestnut, coffee, hazelnut, pistachio and walnut trees. They serve as sources of natural fences with boxwood, of shade with acacia, linden, magnolia, palm and poplar and of timber with mahogany, oak and pine. 

Guido Brunetti gardens, as derivative Donna Leon gardens, thrive wherever Fathers Day gardenscapes take them: in beds, conservatories, courtyards, greenhouses or on patios, terraces, walls, windowsills.

 

Earthly Remains: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon ~ Available now via Amazon

Donna Leon sets book 26 in her Commissario Guido Brunetti mystery series on Sant'Erasmo. Her citified Commissioner spends more time in lagoon waters than country gardens. It takes him to scary discoveries about what Venetians swim in, not what they grow.
Earthly Remains: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Acknowledgment

 

My special thanks to:

  • Talented artists and photographers/concerned organizations who make their fine images available on the Internet;
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for superior on-campus and on-line resources.

 

The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto by Jenny Condie; photographs by Alex Ramsay ~ Available now via Amazon

Brackish water limits Venetians to courtyard gardens and indoor plants. The Metropolitan City of Venice nevertheless offers public gardens. Perhaps Guido Brunetti someday will tour these world-famous city, provincial and regional gardens.
The Gardens of Venice and the Veneto

Sources Consulted

 

Leon, Donna. Earthly Remains. New York NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017. 

Leon, Donna. Gondola. New York NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014. 

Leon, Donna. My Venice and Other Essays. New York NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013. 

Leon, Donna. Venetian Curiosities. With a Vivaldi CD by Il Complesso Barocco. New York NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012. 

Pianaro, Roberta; and Leon, Donna. Brunetti's Cookbook. New York NY: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010. 

Sepeda, Toni. Brunetti's Venice: Walks with the City's Best-Loved Detective. With an Introduction by Donna Leon. New York NY: Grove Press, 2009. 

 

Gondola by Donna Leon ~ Available now via Amazon

The lagoon's brackish water keeps gardens tiny in Venice. Water transportation moves Venice's old families to and from country estates on nearby Sant'Erasmo. Venetian cuisine thrives on imports and Sant'Erasmo's fresh produce.
Gondola

My Venice and Other Essays by Donna Leon ~ Available now via Amazon

Tourists move almost as confidently as natives thanks to Donna Leon's fact-based fiction and non-fiction writings. The Guido Brunetti series mentions real places. Its maps also situate occurrences in the author's book of essays.
My Venice and Other Essays
the end which is also the beginning
the end which is also the beginning

Venetian Curiosities by Donna Leon: music by Antonio Vivaldi, with Riccardo Minasi conducting Il Complesso Baroco ~ Available now via Amazon

Donna Leon calls Venetians "fierce and devoted keepers of records." She extracts seven oddities from the 300-room, 70-kilometer- (43.49-mile-) long Archivio di Stato's documents. Guido Brunetti's readers already know about an elephant going to church.
Venetian Curiosities

Me and my purrfectly purrfect Maine coon kittycat, Augusta "Gusty" Sunshine ~ In memoriam: Gusty inspired me to write 522 Wizzley pages and loved the treats that she received from my Amazon commissions.

As of this page on "Guido Brunetti Gardens," my 523rd Wizzley, Rennie and Rosy mew their thanks to readers of this page and hope our product selection interests you; they look forward to Amazon treats.
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DerdriuMarriner, All Rights Reserved
Updated: 06/09/2017, DerdriuMarriner
 
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DerdriuMarriner on 06/09/2017

blackspanielgallery, The Commissario Guido Brunetti series is an excellent introduction to, and review of, Venetian art, cuisine, culture, history and music.

blackspanielgallery on 06/07/2017

I like the fact that much is edible.

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