Pulley tree, scientific name, "Lostrallium", Greek "losammonon" comes the word.According to descriptions, this herb has been used often in cemeteries, the ancient Greek period, was used to provide communication between the dying gods. In Europe,14th century from the 16th century up to ornamental plants, counted as one of the most valuable and expensive. Anton Fugger in 1530, the famous merchants of the period of Emperor V. Karl's debt securities in a fire which burned his eyes in front of the drumsticks, so you have proved their wealth.
In Italian gardens during the autumn, across the length and breadth of Italy, there is something happening to all deciduous trees, all at about the same time! In the autumn, an amazing change takes place but it’s one of the most natural process’ that we can enjoy in the natural world. Autumn and the fall of the leaves is taking place and there are few places better than Italy to witness and even take part in this natural spectacle. From the bright yellow-leaved larix decidua of Northern Italian gardens, the poplars of Piedmonts’ gardens to the chestnuts of Tuscany and Umbrian gardens – Italian gardens and the landscape surrounding them is changing fast!
Scenes of small fires can be seen amongst the chestnut trees at dawn, as the chestnut husks are hurriedly burnt where they lay in piles. Dustbin lids don’t shut in city streets due to the leaves and other organic debris that is hurriedly shoved in them, in the rush to dispose of all that wonderful compost! It does hurt, I have to say it, as a garden designer living here in Italy, when I see a total disregard for the principles of making compost in Italy it makes me want to write an article about it, but I won’t. However, I will write about what one can do with leaves and why we should be thanking them. For leaves, like most organic debris, form the basis of the food chain in the Italian garden and become a key factor regarding saving water in Italian gardens. A healthy, well-made compost heap or just a carefully placed pile in the shade of a tree, is great for turning a beautiful Italian fall into beautiful Italian compost!The leaves of certain Italian trees are harmful to lawns, however, owing to their powerful tannins that the tree uses to kill off any green competition growing under its canopy. Trees, such as walnut, oak and lime (Tiglia) all possess these weed-killing properties and should be instantly raked-up from where they gather on an Italian lawn. However, when the leaves of these trees are composted for 6 months or more the tannins disappear from the compost so it is safe to use as a superb mulch on any shrub border. Care must be taken when making compost from chestnut leaves or other leaves with a highly acidic content (low pH) as these can clearly lower the ph of the compost, affecting certain Mediterranean plants, like lavender for example.