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.
Floriferous indeed! Greece in the Springtime is sublime. Enjoy.
hi Barry, lovely to follow your blog again with stunning photos. sorry we missed you this year and have now eaten your jar of chutney! will do better next time! Today we walked along the canal at Griffithstown, saw the first bluebells, and a family of 11 day old ducklings and a pair feeding single chick. have a good time and keep us informed. Rich and Pad