The hanging gardens of Babylon were one of the Seven Wonders of the World. They were reputedly built by King Nebuchadnezzar for his wife Queen Amytis who came from a hilly and green part of the world and missed her native homeland in the flat and more arid Mesopotamian plain.
(one idea of what Babylon’s hanging gardens may have looked like)
I was thinking of Babylon’s hanging gardens yesterday for three reasons.
First, they are the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world not to have been actually located. Were they thus a dream vision of an ideal garden and did they really exist? (What really existed until recently in the valley between two rivers that is Mesopotamia, the cradle of our western civilization, was a large part of the wonders of the ancient cities of Nineveh housed in the museum of Mosul.)
Second, so many Italian gardens are natural hanging gardens, largely due to the lie of the land, and are formed in descending terraces. Our best local example is, of course, the Garzoni gardens at Collodi (see my post at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2014/09/05/swanning-it-in-collodi/ )
Third, I realised we had our own miniature version of the hanging gardens at our own home as these photos taken a couple of days ago modestly suggest:
..which reminds me that the growing season is well and truly in full swing. Is all my garden equipment working, I hope…
(our hanging garden cat, Carlotta)