Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Spectacular sea of flowers in Italian village officially ‘weeds’
It is a special sight: a 500 hectare flowering ‘seascape’ extends over the plain of Castelluccio di Norcia, in Umbria, in the center of Italy. Two years ago, nothing was left of this because the area was hit by a heavy earthquake. But this week there was a red, yellow and blue carpet that attracted a lot of tourists.
A local farmer explains that the colourful flowers which grow between the lentil plants are actually weeds. The flower seeds have come along with old farm machinery previously used elsewhere for the threshing of grain.
Last year there was nothing to see on the plain. It was extremely dry in the middle of Italy, which meant that the flowers could not grow.
This year, they are in bloom, and a lot of tourists are coming. A tourist calls it “a corner of the earthly paradise”. The poppies, daisies and cornflowers are not only a beautiful sight, but their stems also help to support the vulnerable lentil plants.