|Cinzia cuts finocchio with new friends.|
|Pails full of fiordalisi petals.|
|Fiordaliso azzurro or cornflower.|
|Yellow broom, ginestra.|
|The large pictures are created under protective tents|
which take half a day to erect but miraculously disappear by morning.
|Color-coded paper patterns are glued to the pavement.|
|Some do it the old way, with chalk outlines.|
|Instead of numbers, this team's template uses abbreviations for the flowers required:|
FN = finocchio, FAS = fiordalisi azzurri secchi, CAF = calendula arancio fresca, etc.
Compare pattern and product below. This design is where our blue petals went.
|Some of the pieces were very complicated and involved both skillful shading and intricate details.|
|The picture above was taken after midnight, but by morning a net full of fish had appeared.|
|There was a category for "Under 14" kids, too.|
Below, they are using a cookie-cutter-like form for repetitive designs.
|Five minutes before midnight, Piazza della Repubblica.|
|A few of the dozens of lovely "gardens" in Spello.|
|This serpentine tappeto ran for a couple of hundred feet. Above, it is being sprayed|
with water to keep the petals fresh and weight them down in case of breezes.
|This creation celebrates solidarity between Spello and Emilia-Romagna,|
both having suffered from earthquakes, Spello in 1997 and Emilia just a month ago.
|This is the little piazza where we cut up finocchio greens Friday night, now transformed.|
|More "Under 14" creations. |
Love the wheat above and balloons below.
|If I were awarding prizes this would have been my first place winner. |
I love the wavy hair and the fresh fruit bouquet she's holding.
|This is another of our favorites, with the globe on the left and tower of Babel at right. |
You may have noticed this one in progress in one of the photos above.
|This is the actual first place winner.|