Symi: more Spring colour

I’ve been away for a few days staying with friends at the northern tip of Kalymnos the fourth most populous island in the Dodecanese but in an internet ‘Not-Spot’ with very limited access to WiFi thanks to OTE, the main provider of telephony and ADSL services in Greece. Or not. My stay was extended beyond the original intention of 5 days to 7 because on Sunday, the day of my intended return, all ferries were cancelled due to strong winds and on Monday, though the wind and the sea had calmed down …. the ferry wasn’t scheduled to stop at Symi en route to Rhodes.  That’s life on the islands.

But more of that trip next time, including a partial if inconvenient ‘wild walks’ solution to the WiFi problem in the Kalymnos Not Spot.

This time, more of the Spring colour on Symi.  Photos were taken a week ago with the intention of posting them when I got to Kalymnos but limited facilities didn’t allow.   All seen on or alongside the paths I walked.

On the way out of the village towards the path to Pedi Bay ruined buildings host wild flowers and offer great views

On the way out of the village towards the path to Pedi Bay ruined buildings host wild flowers and offer great views

Random clusters of flowers brighten even scruffy bits of path

Random clusters of flowers brighten even scruffy bits of path

In places these grow individually, in other places in large clumps

In places these grow individually, in other places in large clumps

Perhaps 8 or more coronas of flowers at 4-6 inch intervals on  stems up to 2 feet

Perhaps 8 or more coronas of flowers at 4-6 inch intervals on stems up to 2 feet

Tall. very spindly type of cornflower

Tall. very spindly type of cornflower

Variation on  a clover, I think

Variation on a clover, I think

A bush legume

A bush legume

.... setting large pods of seed already

…. setting large pods of seed already

Often associated with 'English Cottage Gardens' hollyhocks grow wild on Symi .... and don't get blighted by rust

Often associated with ‘English Cottage Gardens’ hollyhocks grow wild on Symi …. and don’t get blighted by rust

Zooming in , the bees are hard at work ensuring pollination and the continuation of te species

Zooming in , the bees are hard at work ensuring pollination and the continuation of te species

Another type of clover, I think

Another type of clover, I think

No apologies for including cyclamen again, one of my favourites

No apologies for including cyclamen again, one of my favourites

And no apologies for including an orchid again.  Exquisite

And no apologies for including an orchid again. Exquisite

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5 Responses to Symi: more Spring colour

  1. I agree, orchids need no apologies! Greece in springtime, is there anywhere better? I miss it already and we’ve only been home a week. Thankfully I have an enormous jar of Greek honey, a spoonful of that each morning is like liquid Greek sunshine. Glad to hear you’re enjoying it. Any photos of your little house and its environs? Kalo taxidhi Barry. (Look out for Sardinian warblers, very dark with a red eye and a scratchy song, in scrubby bushes and shrubs, and listen out for the tropical sounding golden oriole, you might mistake it for a lemon in a tree, and of course the hoopoe, who just repeats its name over and over).

  2. BarryH says:

    Sorry that you are back home now Sarah. Hope you enjoyed the Mani. I plan to take some photos of the house when I’ve got a few more plants in the avli. I’ve seen hoopoes on Nisyros, and on Hydra, but not on Symi. I’ve seen flying lemons in the last couple of weeks but didn’t know they were golden orioles. I’ll keep an eye open.

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