Those who were on Symi over the winter tell me that the winter was the wettest they can remember. After a cloudy and cool start to my stay on the island the last few days have been sunny and increasingly warm. The result is that flowering has been delayed but now plants are bursting into bloom all at once, catching up on a delayed start, programmed to complete the process before summer drought sets in.
Trekking around , particularly at low level, shows a huge variety of plants in flower.
This time last year a walk down the path to Pedi was rewarded with a few scattered patches of cyclamen remaining in flower. This year there are literally tens of thousands, carpeting shady ground underneath trees, clustered at the foot of stone walls, growing out of rock crevices.
Daisies of various kinds, but especially the flamboyant Crown Daisies, grow in clumps against walls, colour whole fields, with poppies adding an additional eye-catching splash of colour.
The path down the Pedi Valley to the coast has some of the most fertile soil on the island and a great variety of habitat types. The result is a huge array of flowering plants at this time of year.