Setagaya Park, one of five Japanese gardens within the city of Vienna, and so named for its pairing with Döbling as a sister suburb.

An establishing snap of Schloss Belvedere, home to the oldest known alpine garden in Europe. This is the only angle from which one can enjoy an uninterrupted view; art from last summer’s Wei Wei exhibit now mars any view other than straight on. Though, I am not an artist, so perhaps large Chinese zodiac animal heads on sticks do belong in Baroque gardens.

Belvedere’s historical collection of alpine plants, in a “secret” garden just steps from the tourists makes for a delightful little wander.

The garden also hosts an impressive Bonsai collection. Again, I am not a botanist, though I am rather certain Bonsai are not native to the alps. 😉 The following art forms are 85, 100, and 110 years old, respectively.

Spring also heralds the bloom of Bärlauch, a wild garlic found in great abundance and collected by the more seasoned foragers who can identify it from its poisonous cousin, Lily of the Valley. I prefer to play it safe and foraged my Bärlauch from the farmer’s market, creating Bärlauch, Potato and Red Pepper Tartines with Parmesan Creme and a slightly more labor-intensive Spring Vegetable, Bärlauch, and Proscuitto Tartine with Gruyere to welcome spring into our home!