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Title: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 16, 2020, 08:09:31 AM
Greetings to all MGS members from a beleaguered Italy. The impact of this latest virus will soon be affecting you wherever you live but I feel we gardeners are fortunate to have a passion that can sustain us during these troubling times. We can continue to tend our plants and gardens and hopefully find moments of solace in the wonder of nature.
Take care everyone  :)
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 16, 2020, 08:45:36 AM
I would like to add some ideas for us at home
Phone a friend or aged relative with something interesting to say
Wave to the neighbour across the street
Send an e email to someone you have not contacted for ages again with something interesting to say
And, last but not leas,t post a photo on the Forum of a cheerful plant  you have seen on your balcony, in your garden, in the street or in the countryside.

Here is a photo of an aged Clivia on our balcony
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on March 16, 2020, 05:10:35 PM
Thank you ladies. We have returned from Jordan this morning and our garden is full of flowers. We will spend lots of hours in it so there will be photos posted soon.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 17, 2020, 07:57:34 AM
Unfortunately we were woken in the night by thunder and torrential rain which has continued into the morning, so no chance of setting foot outside to take photos in the foreseeable future!  :(
However, we did get some photos of plants in Jordan that will be posted on other threads once they have been sorted out.  :)
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 17, 2020, 08:07:33 AM
Good idea Hilary - let's try to sustain one another.
Look forward to your posts John and Charithea- sharing what must have been a wonderful experience - something to sustain you through the trying times ahead...and your fans on the Forum😊
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 17, 2020, 09:59:25 AM
When we returned yesterday we did manage to,take a couple of photos of the roses that had opened on one of our bushes that we got from Avramis roses in Greece, via a local supplier.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 17, 2020, 10:37:49 AM
Lovely
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 17, 2020, 02:13:31 PM
Around lunchtime we had a short break in the weather and I managed to take a few photos before it closed in again. As we are now under 'house arrest', or more correctly home quarantine for 14 days having returned from a foreign country, albeit one that has had fewer cases than almost anywhere else in the world, I thought maybe I would ration posting them to one a day.
The first is Roldana petasitis that sits in a large container outside our kitchen door and is currently a mass of small, yellow flowers. A sight to brighten the day when we open the door in the morning.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 17, 2020, 05:08:04 PM
Hi there,
I was wondering how I was going to phrase it  and you did it yourself. Ration yourself to one photo a day  or maybe twice a day so that we all have something to look forward to
I do enjoy seeing the photos of flowers blooming in your garden.
Many thanks
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 18, 2020, 07:21:12 AM
Another splash of yellow beginning to appear as a bunch of Irises in our garden start to open. I'm not sure which they are, but below them are a couple of photos of Iris bismarckiana that we saw in Jordan.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 18, 2020, 08:11:12 AM
Here is my cheerful photo of the day. A planter in the small garden to the front of the house, alongside the path to the door. The Euphorbia mysirintes is a permanent feature and to the back is a new, shorter growing and flowering Clematis ( just coming into growth ) The star performers have been the two Viola, planted in November and with a continuous display of flowers ever since.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 18, 2020, 08:40:53 AM
Thanks to you both for the cheerful morning Photos
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Post by: John J on March 18, 2020, 11:35:01 AM
To continue with the Irises, we also saw these Iris nigricans in Jordan. I'd love to have some of these in the garden. ;D
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 18, 2020, 11:51:36 AM
The National Flower of Jordan, I believe
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 18, 2020, 02:06:42 PM
One more of the Jordanian irises, Iris regis-uzziae the second one a paler version on the point of opening. My apologies for the poor quality of the photos but it was raining with a bitterly cold wind blowing and so my hands were probably a bit unsteady.  :-[
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 19, 2020, 07:36:49 AM
Going with the bright yellow theme we have the Coronilla valentina in our garden followed by Asphodeline lutea on a Jordanian hillside.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 19, 2020, 07:41:01 AM
Photo of the day - a mood lifting group of white Hyacinths.  Every year friends give me pots of forced Hyacinths and after enjoying them in the house I plant them in the garden. Some do better than others but these have really established well and they last so much longer in the cooler outside conditions.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Alisdair on March 19, 2020, 08:58:17 AM
We do the same as you, Carole - and it was really interesting and a bit of a surprise to know that our white ones, out in the garden here in Sussex, are at exactly the same stage as yours this morning! I'd have thought we'd be a bit later than you.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 19, 2020, 06:10:16 PM
Municipal planting Madrid,

My daughter sent me these photos of municipal planting in Madrid taken on Sunday 8th March when a large number of people took part in a march for International Women's Day.

On Saturday 14th March police were using drones fitted with loud speakers urging people walking in the area of the Madrid Rio, a river side park, to go home.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 20, 2020, 07:18:58 AM
Today's photo is of a rather cheerful Loropetalum chinense.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 20, 2020, 07:42:08 AM
Today I have chosen a photo of Vinca - a plant that survives in the most inhospitable of situations - here in a very rooty, shady spot under a huge Bay tree. It does not exactly flourish but hangs on and produces a few cheering flowers.😊
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 20, 2020, 02:41:42 PM
Lots of our Scilla peruviana are beginning to burst into flower. How they got the specific name of peruviana I don't know as they are native to the western Mediterranean region.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 20, 2020, 06:29:03 PM
Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi

I was given a few cuttings of this plant several years ago and it thrived and multiplied. In the autumn of 2018, I decided that I really should do something about the two built in troughs on the sunny south balcony. I took cuttings of all the succulents and planted then in plastic pots, (horror, horror I always used to insist on ceramic pots)

The fifteen pots sat all winter on the floor of the balcony while I labored at getting all the old plants out of the trough together with, Shh don't tell anyone, the Bermuda Buttercup.

When spring arrived, the trough was ready to receive the plastic pots which sit very nicely ,their lips balancing on the edge of the trough, and are thus easy to lift out if it is ever needed.

When I say 15 pots, I am talking about seven different plants

Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 21, 2020, 06:49:54 AM
We have several Kalanchoe blossfeldiana of different colours in pots, some of which are starting to flower.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 21, 2020, 09:41:51 AM
Narcissus in springtime are always a welcome sight - this clump has established and multiplied well but unfortunately the label is long lost.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: TROPICBIRD on March 21, 2020, 10:03:42 AM
Thank you ladies. We have returned from Jordan this morning and our garden is full of flowers. We will spend lots of hours in it so there will be photos posted soon.
Lovely photo Charithea.   May our gardening activities sustain us during our self-isolation / quarantine. Look forward to your photos ! I have verandas in Limassol, overlooking the sea. My succulents are doing well there. xx Lilian xx
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 21, 2020, 04:13:49 PM
Freesia, white

This year all my freesia seem to have disappeared. Even the “new “  bulbs I planted last autumn have mostly not bothered to perform . Luckily a couple of white ones have produced some flowers with delicate scent
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 22, 2020, 07:47:34 AM
Our freesias are doing quite well this year, Hilary. I have only recently taken a photo of the white ones but I will try to get some of the other colours later and post them here.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 22, 2020, 08:29:48 AM
Bulbs are strange - some years they perform well and others not. Today's photo is this year's solitary flower of Narcissus bulbicodum. I love these very particular blooms but in the best of years find them very shy with their flowers - am delighted this one has made an appearance though.😊
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 22, 2020, 02:11:49 PM
Earlier when I was posting photos of irises seen in Jordan I somehow managed to miss this one, Iris haynei.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 22, 2020, 04:01:11 PM
One of our variety of hibiscus, this one is Hibiscus platanifolius.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 22, 2020, 07:57:31 PM
Sedum adolphii

I do like the story of how Karl Purpus found this sedum growing near a Sulphur spring in a ravine in Mexico

The first two photos are of Sedum adolphii in 2007

The second two are of the same plant in the same pot but in a stand so that it copies the way it hangs down in its native Mexico, not that hot dry Corinth is anything like a damp ravine in Mexico

The flower head is much smaller 13 years later
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: David Dickinson on March 22, 2020, 10:25:52 PM
Good to hear that everybody is keeping well. My employer has come up with the idea of teaching our lessons online so I have been rather busy lately teaching and training up on the software needed. Yesterday and today 2 full days of tidying up the garden. So much is about to flower. I have over 30 types of seed germinating. Can't think where I am going to put even half or a quarter of the plants that grow even though half of them are annuals which I grow every year. The plan was to pass the bulk onto other people but now that seems out of the question.

Re freesias, Mine are now flowering. The blue one is, I think, 'Blue Skies' but I don't know for sure. I bought 'Blue Moon' this year which has less white but it has yet to flower.

Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 23, 2020, 08:27:33 AM
Erysium 'Red Jep' today - a new acquisition last year. It has made a large plant and is already smothered in flowers and unopened buds. Good evergreen foliage too. Second photo shows pleasing combination with Euphorbia mysirintes.
I love Erysiums and they should do well for me but previously have been disappointed.
Hopefully now I have found one that will continue to perform.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: David Dickinson on March 23, 2020, 10:22:56 AM
Hi Umbrian,

Even though Red Jep is a perennial, I have found it to be short lived so get some cuttings on the go  :)
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 23, 2020, 10:28:41 AM
Despite the unseasonally cold weather we have been experiencing since we returned some of our fruit trees are in flower. Perhaps Spring is on its way after all. In this case plum and apple.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 23, 2020, 02:36:57 PM
During the pre-tour in Mallorca before the AGM in Alicante we acquired a couple of cuttings of Jaborosa integrifolia. I'm happy to say that they seem to have settled in and hopefully they will spread to fill the space allotted to them.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 23, 2020, 02:45:07 PM
Graptopetalum paraguayense. Mother of Pearl plant

We have several of this very useful  plant in pots.
The first photo was taken several years ago
The next three photos are of a younger plant in a new planting arrangement 

Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 24, 2020, 07:10:56 AM
Alyogyne huegelii coming into full bloom. The flowers seem to glow in the sun.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 24, 2020, 08:12:49 AM
Unusually warm March days have seen Narcissus and other spring bulbs fading quickly but this clump has given me great pleasure for some time. Now it is well past its best .......and the temperatures have plummeted and we are forecast snow. The moral is to appreciate and enjoy what we have I think. Take care everybody.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: David Dickinson on March 24, 2020, 12:09:46 PM
I have a few different types of Narcissus out at the moment. This one, Narcissus jonquilla 'Suzy' is very sweet smelling. I won't be enjoying it much today, though, as it is freezing outside despite there being full sun. Forecast to -1°C tonight - and I dismantled mty little green house just last week! 4 or 5 plants will need fleece tonight  :(

Keep well  :)
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 24, 2020, 03:35:45 PM
Another cheerful plant in the sun is Phlomis lunariifolia.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 24, 2020, 05:49:38 PM
Bougainvillea

This plant, in a far too small pot, got a horrible illness last year as did another bougainvillea plant at the end of the balcony and my neighbour's two plants. We couldn't cope with the mess so we both cut our plants down drastically.

All plants seemed to enjoy the harsh pruning and set to producing new shoots and this particular one, huge leaves.
Now I see that there are more new branches which need to be tied back.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 25, 2020, 05:53:22 AM
One of our Passionflowers has opened in time for Easter, but it seems that to all intents and purposes the whole celebration will be cancelled this year.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 25, 2020, 07:54:44 AM
During these harsh days of isolation we gardeners find hope and consolation in our gardens and plants. Yesterday an artist friend sent me a photo of one of her latest creations - a beautiful rendering of Helleborus foetidus. She and her husband bought a ruined collection of house and farm buildings not far from our former home in the hills and set about the restoration themselves. I encouraged her interest in plants and gradually a beautiful 'wild' garden began to establish around the main house with suitable additions from mine. Helleborus foetidus grows abundantly in the surrounding woods and soon became a favourite addition. I think this painting captures it well and is a pleasing change from a photo.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 25, 2020, 02:45:38 PM
Looking for something else entirely to scan I came across this photo
The  MGS excursion to Kea in 2002, what a beautiful island in the spring
Here we are on our way to ancient Karthaia 
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on March 25, 2020, 03:03:35 PM
The rock formation is a wonderful background for the Euphorbia dendroidis reminds me of the flora of mount Hymettos
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 25, 2020, 03:11:25 PM
i don't 't know why the photo is on its side ,it isn't on my computer (Hilary, my first attempt at fixing it failed - just as you found, it looked the right way up on my computer but then went sideways as soon as I attached it - but then I tried again with a slightly different method, and this time it worked!)
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 26, 2020, 06:48:30 AM
Spring seems to be arriving at last with the early morning sun shining through these Rosa banksiae 'Lutea'.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 26, 2020, 08:18:42 AM
Another Narcissus today but again unfortunately label long gone.  I really should make written notes of exactly where I plant bulbs .........perhaps some research from photos during these long days of confinement ? Miserable, cold and wet here at the moment so no better time to start.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 26, 2020, 11:10:43 AM
Ferula communis, Giant Fennel, Νάρθηκας

A view of Mystras with Ferula communis in the foreground

The photo was taken on a  THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY excursion on 25th April  2010.
 Many thanks to the organizers
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 26, 2020, 11:22:29 AM
Thea said I had to take photos of her Salvia indica and post them as they reminded her of orchids.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: David Dickinson on March 26, 2020, 11:34:36 AM
I agree with Charithea re "reminding her of orchids" (Salvia indica)The plants that grew from the seeds you both sent me are coming up again and the flower heads are forming nicely, so I have something nice to look forward to when the rain and the cool weather finally leave us and spring will be truly here for us in Italy too. Thanks again for the seeds :-)
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Post by: John J on March 27, 2020, 06:43:36 AM
Our Montanoa grandiflora has not only been flowering for weeks but the sweet scent is amazing.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 27, 2020, 07:51:28 AM
Life is not difficult just for us at the moment - here the long weeks of unseasonal warm, sunny days have ended. Skies are heavy and grey with rain, the occasional flurry of snow and cold winds. The Blackbirds who built a nest in the Trachelospermum just outside the front door are frantically trying to care for a baby that has left the nest and ended up on a pile of soggy leaves close to some tall planters. It appears to be the only fledging and their attention is fascinating to watch. The hen bird seems quite distraught and constantly wanders about the small area of garden looking lost whilst the male is keeping the baby fed. These two had become very tame since building the nest arriving for food that I put  out whenever they heard the door open, the hen would even come and take crumbs from the table when I was sitting there. Now they are both more wary.
I monitored the situation all day yesterday and placed an old basket close to the baby in such a position that it could get protection from the wind and rain and was relieved to see that it did indeed do this. The male was very wary for a time about approaching to feed but finally took courage and normal service was resumed. Happily this morning the baby is still there - looking very bedraggled but alive. It is unfortunate that its first attempt at flight when leaving the nest saw it land up on the steps at the start of the path leading to the front door and it does not seem to have the strength to take refuge in the garden area to the right where there are various shrubs and plants under which it would be far safer.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 27, 2020, 07:53:15 AM
Here is a photo - pressed post prematurely
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 27, 2020, 03:05:59 PM
One of my ambitions in sending these posts to the Forum is to have referred to all the contributors to the journal of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN, both writers of the articles and the artists who do the drawings. In addition, I would like to have referred to every single article, not always so easy, while olive trees, thyme and lavender are easily dealt with there are other subjects which are not so easy and take some imagination

This thread is just the place to sing the praises of the, so far, unsung heroes.

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 90, October 2017, Yvonne Barton gives advice on
OPENING THE GARDEN TO VISITORS

She mentions in a paragraph named THE NAME OF THE ROSE that it is a good idea to have a crib sheet of the names of the various plants

Here are a few photos of roses of which I actually know the name, usually I just name them pink, white or red
Rosa Cocktail seen in Sparta
Rosa Belle Symphonie seen in Madrid
Rosa New Dawn seen in Loutraki
Rosa Rhapsody in Blue seen in Hyde Hall Gardens
Rosa Zephirine Drouhin seen in the North East of England very many years ago

I have not referred to this article before as far as I know

Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on March 27, 2020, 04:25:33 PM
Regular forumers may be aware of my particular fondness for endemics, especially Cyprus ones, and/or vulnerable and endangered ones. Many of the ones that I have managed to acquire are either annuals or that disappear for long periods before, hopefully, reappearing the following year. It's always a nail-biting time waiting for those first signs of life around the period that individual ones are due to make their entrance. One such is the Nigella ciliaris that we were given seeds of by a friend a few years ago. This is not a Cyprus endemic, and in fact I believe it is fairly common in Syria and Israel, but it is very rare here on the island. The Red Data Book of Cyprus says of it; In Cyprus it was recorded at 2 locations: Amathounta (in 1862) and Rizokarpaso (in 1880 and 1912). Not recorded again, apart from in a garden in Polemidia in 1987. Although not collected for many years, further study is advisable before it is classified as extinct, on the grounds of insufficient searching and its narrow global distribution. It may even be an extinct casual.
So one of the bright lights in this isolation time has been to watch the progress of these plants as they have appeared and grown to the point of producing their first flower of the season.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Caroline on March 27, 2020, 11:05:54 PM
Great photo!
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on March 28, 2020, 01:47:29 PM
Hilary,  the roses look beautiful. I have found it hard to choose which was the best among them. These two weeks of 'isolation' meant no going for fresh vegetables. I was forced to relay on our herbs and vegetables, and fruit. The mint has been invaluable for making tea. so here are some of the photos taken on my ipad. Australian silver beet that my Aussie nephew brought for me, last crop of avocados, marjoram oreganum, mint which is normally used here to make Easter cheese and egg  pasties, and parsley.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 28, 2020, 02:29:55 PM
Easter cheese sounds interesting
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Post by: Charithea on March 28, 2020, 05:59:32 PM
Hilary, I had forgotten that in Greece you don't make 'flaounes'. During the Lent period
The milk from sheep/goats was not made into halloumi but instead into 'diri=cheese'  a cylindrical shape much like Metzovo cheese. It would be allowed to dry and mature and during the Holy Week it would be grated by hand. It was an arduous job. Now of course there are electric graters. The eggs were also saved so the grated cheese , the eggs, salt, baking powder and fresh chopped mint were mixed in a big bowl and left overnight. The dough was made the next day then rolled out into squares and filled with the cheese mixture. Left to rise and when deemed ok put in the oven to cook. My sister and my cousins still do this every Easter but can not try their handy work because they are still fasting. I get to judge the flaounes as I am a lapsed G ,Ortodox.
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Post by: Hilary on March 28, 2020, 06:29:08 PM
Interesting but a bit beyond my cooking possibilities  !
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Post by: Hilary on March 28, 2020, 06:31:34 PM
A few years ago, the town council had a wide path made, next to the beach, with flower beds in the middle and places for a few benches. The beds were planted with Tamarix trees at each end and grassed over. At a later date some of the grassy beds had small rock gardens created in them. After a few years the beds were left to their own devices except for the annual autumn pruning of the Tamarix trees and what remains of the grass watered in the heat of the summer.
Today the horrible weather we have been having recently cleared for a few hours and we took the opportunity to walk along by the sea, keeping our distance from the others out for the same purpose. Not so difficult as everyone else was doing the same and there weren't exactly crowds out.
Always on the look out for flowers to snap I took a few photos of Mattiola which  grows at the edge of the beach in some places but had managed   to settle  in some of the beds. While concentrating on taking the photo I noticed next to the Mattiola  it a tiny flower which I have never seen before.
Because this path and the Tamarix trees are favoured by dogs both stray and pets I did not pick a piece of the plant to try to identify it.
If anyone has any ideas, I would be grateful to put a name to this pretty little flower   
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 29, 2020, 09:30:34 AM
Sad end to the story of my little fledging Blackbird - found it dead this morning with injuries to its head. I wish now I had tried  to move it to a less exposed position but we are told not to interfere for fear of the parents abandoning. I feel this father would not have done- he is still going down with food for it in his beak......
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on March 29, 2020, 05:36:57 PM
Yesterday I wrote about the flower beds in the middle of the beach- side walk, here in Corinth. I also mentioned that the beds had been improved/ altered several years ago by the addition of small rock gardens which were later abandoned
 Here are today's photos of the most tenacious plants which have survived the icy cold winter winds blowing off snow topped mountains and large quantities of sea spray.
You will note that some of the rock gardens have mysteriously lost some of their rocks.
The last photo is of a pigeon party on the beach attended by a few sparrows. There was also a seagull and a crow in attendance but they took off when they saw me about to snap them
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Post by: Umbrian on March 30, 2020, 07:32:10 AM
Thanks for sharing those photos Hilary - could almost feel the refreshing sea air.
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Post by: Hilary on March 30, 2020, 06:13:30 PM
The wind was off the land today hence the calm and inviting sea. I concentrated on looking for wild flowers. There is a stretch of the beach-side walk which is parallel to a road and across the road are several pieces of empty plots full of greenery, wild flowers and a lot of, blown in by the wind, rubbish.
Mother Nature ignores the rubbish and produces her flowers in plenty
Here are a few of them enjoying the sunshine today
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on March 31, 2020, 07:05:46 AM
The daughter of a friend has turned her hand to making these willow wigwams whilst Italy is in total shutdown - have placed my order in hopes of happier times to come.
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Post by: Hilary on March 31, 2020, 05:38:58 PM
Another walk along by the sea today with the intention of picking some of the yellow flowers I had seen yesterday and to play with them at home snapping them
First the statue of Alexander the Great and Diogenes with his pithos. This group is very popular as a meeting place and where people take selfies. However, it is by far the most popular with small children who sit on Diogenes’  knees swing on his arm and climb on top of his pithos. They also crawl between Alexander’s legs,

Now to be serious

Here are two photo of the tiny flower I saw a couple of days ago. It looks like some kind of sedum
Two photos of an Orobanche which I came across by accident.
It is amazing how many flowers you can see if you bend down
Lastly two photos of a clover like plant with yellow flowers. 
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on April 01, 2020, 07:54:16 AM
A small self set Coriander plant that I mistook for parsley when it first appeared has provided us with some delicious curries and tagines whilst in lock down and deciding on each day's supper has become something to enjoy. I don't have much luck with it normally as high temperatures soon see it bolt into flower and seed at the expense of the leaves.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on April 01, 2020, 10:16:23 AM
Our Osteospermums seem to have benefited from the amount of rain and the cooler weather we've had this winter and spring.
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Post by: Hilary on April 01, 2020, 12:43:18 PM
I like that dark pink osteospermum. I wonder what colour artists would call it
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Post by: Hilary on April 01, 2020, 06:17:27 PM
Today's walk took us to the mouth of the dry river here in Corinth. The river has been known to fill and overflow causing damage to the town so it was decided to enclose it in parts and where it meets the sea to leave a wide area open but bordered by cement walls and floor. Before this huge work was undertaken it was always possible to walk on a stony bar across the mouth of the river, Now the sea has created a crescent shaped bar and what looks like a very deep lagoon. Someone told us that the area was becoming a haven for birds. We saw a few swallows zooming around and one bird too far away to recognize hopping on the edge of the lagoon.
On the way there and back we saw many wild flowers and one poppy growing in a pot outside of the most popular souvlaki shop in Corinth, now closed for the winter.
The bright sun drained the colours from the flowers 
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Post by: Umbrian on April 02, 2020, 07:52:22 AM
Beautiful photos Hilary - a breath of sea air for those of us not only inland but confined to our houses for most of the day.
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Post by: Charithea on April 02, 2020, 11:45:14 AM
Thank you again.  It smell like Spring. We are not allowed to go to the beach for now.  So all the lovely flowers coming up by the beach and on the hill can not be photographed. We are counting on you to bring  wild nature to us.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on April 02, 2020, 05:33:22 PM
No shortage of sea spray today.
This morning we could hardly walk against the wind so most of our walk was along the parallel road to the sea with a quick dash down to see the waves and the new snow on Mount Ziria (2376m)
So, no photos of wild flowers today but one of a  complacent cat, another of a few birds busy eating and lastly a photo of a bright group of flowers around a tree
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Post by: John J on April 03, 2020, 07:11:41 AM
Today promises to be another sunny day, but with a cool breeze, and our Wisteria has been encouraged to burst forth.
Apologies for the quality of the second photo but I was trying to capture the deep red of the Salvia 'Royal Bumble' before the sun got to it and bleached it.
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Post by: Umbrian on April 03, 2020, 09:40:13 AM
My self set Sweet Peas are beginning to climb up the temporary structures I provide for those that appear in suitable places. Others that choose inconvenient spots are carefully moved in early spring and usually soon catch up. Soon they will be providing me with bunches of beautifully scented flowers for a few weeks before the temperatures get too high - definitely something to look forward to😊
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Post by: Hilary on April 03, 2020, 12:17:21 PM
Yesterday we went out walking in the wind, today it is raining and cold and not at all inviting.

The area where we live in Corinth is named Τα Καλάμια, The Kalamia, I believe it has another name but everyone knows it as the Kalamia meaning the Canes. This flat area near the sea used to be farm land and I think the canes were planted round the fields to protect the produce from the wind off the sea. There are still some of these canes growing in empty plots hence the photos   

I took several photos of the Kalamia, Arundo donax, yesterday blowing in the wind and was pleasantly surprised to see how well the photos turned out

The last photo is from 2014 when I went out looking for the perfect round bush of Kalamia rather than a straggly group
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Post by: Hilary on April 04, 2020, 02:45:32 PM
No walk today as it is wet, windy and cold again. The mountains are hidden by low clouds and generally it is miserable

 I looked for a bright photo to cheer you up, or was it to cheer me up, and found this one of Chaenomeles japonica taken in April 2011 in Sparta. There is a small park near the crossroads of two wide roads where several of these bushes grow, they must be in flower now.

 Looking back in my files, the ones which have not disappeared, I found a photo of the whole plant
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Post by: Umbrian on April 05, 2020, 08:01:59 AM
Finally got round to planting a newly acquired Euphorbia purpurea yesterday. I still cannot resist buying plants although no longer gardening with the unlimited space I had for twenty years in my first garden in Italy. Definitely could not pass this Euphorbia by though spotted on one of my last trips to a vivaio before we went into lockdown. I consider most Euphorbia to be very garden worthy plants but here different varieties are difficult to come across and up to now have only had characias, mysirintes and rigida.
Luckily in this case a perfect spot of free ground presented itself behind Erysium 'Red Jep' where I think it looks perfect. Sometimes I plant and replant after a few days when feeling I have not got it right. An old neighbour in the UK once made me smile when observing that my plants must tremble in the ground when seeing me approach - wondering 'who's turn today to be uprooted and moved"  So many happy memories from such a rewarding passion, especially during these difficult times.
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Post by: Hilary on April 05, 2020, 11:33:44 AM
MUSEUM OF THE OLIVE AND GREEK OLIVE OIL, SPARTA
Looking for something else entirely I came across these photos which I thought you might find interesting. The photos were taken at the above museum several years ago and unfortunately, I didn't snap the explanatory notices

One photo shows various types of jars which were used to transport olive oil and olives in ancient times.

After a great deal of searching I found that the mosaic art work depicting olive branches is by  Christina Nakou.

If you are ever planning to visit Sparta and Mystras in the future allocate some time to visit this museum in Sparta.
At the moment all Greek museums are closed

https://www.piop.gr/en/diktuo-mouseiwn/Mouseio-Elias-Kai-Ellinikou-Ladiou/to-mouseio.aspx
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Post by: Charithea on April 05, 2020, 11:52:45 AM
Good day and thank you both for lovely photos and information. I love jars very much. Whenever we go to Nicosia I insist on going to the National Museum so I can admire the jars. I would like to have a few large ones but difficult to transport and are very expensive.
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Post by: Umbrian on April 06, 2020, 10:22:21 AM
Can hardly believe that is mosaic work - so perfect - thanks for posting Hilary :)
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Post by: Alisdair on April 06, 2020, 10:30:46 AM
Yes I exactly echo your feeling about those olive branches, Carole! When i first skipped through the photos I thought they were real, and it was only when I read Hilary's description that I realised they were mosaic. (And thanks for your hellebore/erysimum photo - such a peacefully harmonious composition, I had to sit there just looking at it for a while....)
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Post by: Hilary on April 06, 2020, 02:02:25 PM
Narcissus

Some bright flowers on this dull, wet, windy and cold day here in Corinth

Narcissus ‘Flower Record’
Narcissus ‘Pink Charm’
And
Narcissus ‘Red Dawn’

All blooming in the Royal Botanic Garden, Madrid  in April 2018
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Post by: John J on April 07, 2020, 01:01:34 PM
Our 2 varieties of Rhaphiolepis, indica and umbellatus are coming into flower.
Also a Tritonia crocata 'Plymouth Pastel' that came from Fleur, thanks for that.
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Post by: Hilary on April 07, 2020, 01:49:41 PM
Everything looks very fresh
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Post by: Hilary on April 07, 2020, 01:51:52 PM
Reading issue number 65, July 2011 of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and noting which article I had not ‘used’ before, the writers I had not mentioned before and, those unsung heroes, the illustrators who hardly ever get a mention
I decided that it was time to recommend that your read
SPAROZA: A GARDEN ’HOTSPOT’ by Miyon Yoo

Adding to this post photos of a few of the plants mentioned in the article but the photos taken elsewhere
1 Aptenia cordifolia, our front balcony
2 Ballota acetabulosa, Xylokeriza, a village in Corinthia
3 Anthemis chia, Galataki, a village in Corinthia
4 Clivia miniata, Sintra, Portugal


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Post by: Umbrian on April 08, 2020, 07:07:59 AM
What a beautiful colour that Tritonia is..... lovely flower :)
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Post by: Hilary on April 08, 2020, 05:51:54 PM
Looking through THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 65, July 2011 I came across the article by David J. Bracey ARGAN OIL

I have never seen the tree Argania spinosa and it looks as if Morocco has fallen off our list of places to visit.

However, I found a photo, here on the Forum of the fruit of the tree, taken by John J of Cyprus

I hope you enjoy reading the article and like the photo, which I have lifted from another section of the Forum   
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Post by: John J on April 09, 2020, 04:44:59 AM
The photo was taken during a MGS trip to Morocco in 2014. Below are another photo of a tree and of the women preparing the nuts for processing.
The MGS AGM this year is scheduled to take place in Morocco in October, providing the situation has improved by then I assume.
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Post by: Hilary on April 09, 2020, 06:46:08 AM
Your second photo shows the thorns more clearly and a ripe fruit ready to drop to the ground to be harvested. I wonder if they shake the tree to help the fruit  drop
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Post by: Umbrian on April 09, 2020, 07:41:51 AM
As the lockdown continues here in Italy and the temperatures rise daily, I have had to find a suitable place to house the many pots of plants I have been preparing and growing on for a project I got involved in last year. Some American friends, with a second home close by, asked if I would oversee and help with the restoration of their much loved, but rather neglected garden. During a mild winter much remedial work was completed regarding thorough weeding and soil improvement, pruning of overgrown shrubs or removal where necessary and assessment of perennials. My garden always offers self sets and the opportunity to take cuttings etc and I also took advantage of the annual end of year sale at a local nursery. Just when the time for the really pleasurable task of planting arrived I sadly found myself unable to travel outside the commune I live.
I also sowed many more pots of seeds than normal this year for this project and so also have those to care for- let's hope the situation improves soon.
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Post by: Hilary on April 09, 2020, 06:30:01 PM
Vigna caracalla.

Caroline Harbouri mentions this plant in her article POT-GROWN CLIMBERS FROM SEED, THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 65 July, 2011

The first time I saw this climber was in October 2003, just before we invested in a digital camera. However, I was very excited to see this unknown plant hanging from a balcony in Pyrgi, Chios, hence the very poor photo

Some years later, 2012 to be exact, I was pushing my granddaughter's pram in Sparta and was even more thrilled to see this vine entwined around some garden railings, and the flowers at eye level

Pyrgi is the village on Chios famous for the houses decorated with black and white motifs. We had holidayed on Chios in 1998 and visited the village but mostly relied on Postcards of the houses rather than photos, again pre digital times
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Post by: Hilary on April 10, 2020, 06:43:23 PM
The rain stopped a couple of days ago and the wind dropped last night. At last we can open windows and door on both sides of the house, I won't mention the mini earthquake we had last night

Today it was a glorious day and we ventured out to walk along the beach side path. Other people were out also but all being very careful to keep a good distance. There was new snow on Ziria and another mountain further west which I have never discovered its name. Across the gulf a couple more mountains were sporting new snow.

Somewhere in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN there is an article about the preponderance of yellow flowers in Spring, Do you think I could find it ? I could not

Yes, most of the wild flowers blossoming just now are yellow. Here are some photos from today and others from two weeks ago

The wild flowers and Tamarix trees  stood up well to the gale force winds but not the telephone box
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Post by: Hilary on April 10, 2020, 06:49:21 PM
A few days ago I wrote about the olive oil museum in Sparta

Here are some much better photos to illustrate the article by John Rendall

THE MUSEUM OF THE OLIVE AND GREEK OLIVE OIL in the journal number 41, July 2005


http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/grj.html
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Post by: Umbrian on April 11, 2020, 08:52:55 AM
First flower unfurled on my bud laden Cistus - very early this year and the hotter than normal weather for early April seems to be affecting the edges of the delicate petals......
Also we have had very little rain this winter and the ground is very dry..... looks like a difficult year all round.
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Post by: John J on April 11, 2020, 12:17:02 PM
Mention has been made of unseasonal weather on a couple of threads today. Yesterday we spent the morning working in the garden as usual, then in the afternoon we were hit with torrential rain and a thunderstorm that knocked out the electricity for a couple of hours. Other parts of the island had massive hailstorms with people sharing photos of the ground being covered in white, almost like a coating of snow. Completely out of phase with what should be happening at this time of the year.
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Post by: Hilary on April 11, 2020, 05:10:02 PM
Spring here today. Should we light the wood fire this evening just because it is ready or should we cart the wood out onto the balcony again? Decisions, decisions
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Post by: Hilary on April 11, 2020, 05:12:14 PM
Calycanthus occidentalis, Spice bush

I saw this plant mentioned in A VENETIAN GARDEN by Ida Tonini
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 42, October 2005 and it brought back memories of a trip we made to Constantinople/ Istanbul in June 2001.

On our way out of the Topkapi Palace grounds we saw a notice pointing to an exhibition of tents. On the way to see this exhibition we passed a Calycanthus bush, a plant I had never seen one before

 We were intrigued by the tents as for many years we had been ‘Happy Campers’ with the children. The tents we saw were a wonder of embroidery and bright coloured material. Apparently, they are now in storage at the Topkapi palace
 
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Post by: Hilary on April 12, 2020, 04:19:41 PM
A natural rock garden on Taygetus seen on a walk by members of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY, 13th of May, 2012
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Post by: Hilary on April 13, 2020, 06:24:08 PM
Tulips, Prague Botanical Garden, May 2002

I wonder how many people visit this garden?

We were in the area visiting the Troja Chateau, then discovered the Zoo and later the Botanical Garden.
That is the joy of planning trips on you own rather than guided tours, although guided tours have their advantages

There is a section in the garden devoted to plants from the Mediterranean but I am afraid we didn’t see it   
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Post by: John J on April 14, 2020, 01:47:23 PM
We only have one of these plants, Ornithogalum arabicum, although I would certainly like more. As well as being attractive the flower has a delicate, sweet scent.
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Post by: Hilary on April 14, 2020, 02:00:45 PM
Does it not spread?
My old neighbour had many in her, mostly, untended garden
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Post by: John J on April 14, 2020, 04:13:55 PM
I'm hoping so, Hilary, it hasn't had chance to do so yet, it was grown from seed.
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Post by: Charithea on April 14, 2020, 05:57:23 PM
Hilary, I visited the Prague Botanic Garden in the company of my sister and her then 13 year old grandson. He is now 27. I don't remember the tulips but that was the place were I first sawPerovskia atriplicifolia now called Salvia yangiiand fell in love with them. It was raining lightly and to keep my great nephew  interested in taking down the names of plants I promised to take him to lunch to eat rabbit and buy him a beer.
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Post by: Hilary on April 14, 2020, 06:37:00 PM
Ah, the beer in Prague!
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Post by: Hilary on April 14, 2020, 07:07:05 PM
Aeonium haworthii, Pin wheel

A very useful plant to have which needs no care and goes forth and multiplies.
We inherited ours in 1981 and it has been replanted many times, not to mention the cuttings given here and there.
Recently I redid all the succulents, the first photo is of the new plant and the other two are of the old plant in flower

Aeonium haworthii is mentioned in
A SUCCULENT-CACTUS GARDEN IN SOUTH LAKONIA by Kornelia Roggatz
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 28, April 2020
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Post by: Umbrian on April 15, 2020, 07:25:16 AM
That's lovely John especially the black centre spot, mustblook out for that.😊
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Post by: Hilary on April 15, 2020, 07:47:57 AM
Ornithogalum arabicum
My old neighbour called it Μαυρομάτι ,Blackeye and I see that Jaqueline Tyrwhitt in her book MAKING A GARDEN ON A GREEK HILLSIDE also gives its Greek name as Mavromati
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Post by: John J on April 15, 2020, 07:56:48 AM
Hilary, just goes to show how common names can be confusing as here in Cyprus the flowers of the Melia azedarach are known as Mavromata (Blackeyes).
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Post by: Hilary on April 15, 2020, 05:56:47 PM
Antirrhinum majus, Snapdragon

Looking through THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 28, April 2002 last night I saw an article I had written so many years ago,
SNAPDRAGONS (ANTIRRHINUM MAJUS) 
 
Now with the wonders of modern science I was able to scan two  old photos of snapdragons, which I mention in the article, and put them on my computer,

1 The white snapdragon plant high up a wall in Spetses
2 Yellow, red and white Snapdragons growing in a yard where there is  now a huge block of flats
3 Some bright snapdragons in a village garden
3 Light pink snapdragons growing by the side of the road, seen this morning while we were walking in streets away from the seafront as it was windy AGAIN
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Post by: Umbrian on April 16, 2020, 06:57:36 AM
They provide a good lesson in survival I think and are a good lesson for us all atbthe moment.
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Post by: Hilary on April 16, 2020, 05:10:00 PM
Laurus nobilis, Bay tree, Δάφνη

There is a Bay tree in the back yard of the block of flats but I never seem to get a good photo of it. The last time I tried to photograph the tree it was breezy; the sun was in the wrong place and there was a car parked in front of it. In the end I gave up and cut a branch of the leaves and flowers to snap in the house

A quotation from
WAR-TORN ABOVE THE ADRIATIC:
THE TRSTENO ARBORETUM
By Jadranka Beresford-Peirse
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 28, April 2002

Quote
“The olive tree for peace, laurel for glory and myrtle for youth and beauty”

The TRSTENO ARBORETUM is mentioned by Fleur Pavlidis in
SPRING IN CROATIA
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 73, July 2013

There are some photographs illustrating this article here
http://www.mediterraneangardensocietyarchive.org/73-croatia.html

If you read the first mentioned article please read the second

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Post by: Hilary on April 17, 2020, 04:29:53 PM
Sedum morganianum, Donkey’s tail

A few years ago, a friend invited me to tea and told me to actually walk to her house up a hill and out of town. I set off to walk there, just to prove I could, and was rewarded with this sight, a Sedum morganianum plant hanging over a balcony railing and in flower.

This succulent is mentioned in a few issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN and I have  ‘used’ each article before, I was hoping to find an article I had not recommended another time.
Now to reread  GANNA WALSKA’S LOTUSLAND  by Martin Wood in
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 4, Spring 1996
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Post by: John J on April 18, 2020, 09:14:59 AM
Our Bank's roses are doing their best to brighten the days.
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Post by: Hilary on April 18, 2020, 04:14:45 PM
Bougainvillea

A common sight around the Mediterranean.

This Bougainvillea grows near us but in a street, we hardly ever have the reason to go down. My husband had seen the plant several years ago and was impressed by it so I went and took its photo. We went to have a look at it today on our exercise walk. The trunk is very stout and reaches the third floor of the building, At the moment there are no flowers but a lot of leaves.

We will have to walk down that street in July  to see the flower display

To read about the history of Bougainvillea read
BOUGAINVILLE AND COMMERSON by John Bradshaw
 THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 46, October 2006
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Post by: Umbrian on April 19, 2020, 06:53:21 AM
Had given up hoping for flowers on my Viola 'Confederate Blue' this year as the unseasonably hot weather had caused each bud to shrivel up before opening. However after a few cooler days one flower has opened although the markings are nowhere near as pronounced as usual.
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Post by: John J on April 19, 2020, 07:48:28 AM
Hilary, our Bougainvillea is in full flower now, taken this morning.
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Post by: Hilary on April 19, 2020, 08:12:08 AM
Explosive, like the fireworks last night
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Post by: John J on April 19, 2020, 08:24:30 AM
We only heard a few fireworks last night, sadly no church bells. We hear that in one part of the village someone had set up speakers outside his home and transmitted the service from Kykko Monastery. His neighbours were outside on their front patios or balconies with candles ready to light at midnight.
The church is usually decorated with white flowers today. As that can't happen Thea has compromised by making some arrangements for the house.
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Post by: Hilary on April 19, 2020, 02:57:25 PM
Charithea wrote that in Cyprus the churches are decorated with white flowers on Easter Sunday. This piece of information inspired me to find some photos of white flowers for you today. Luckily, I have a file, another unfinished project, named WHITE FLOWERS.
Here is a selection of photos of white flowers all taken in April
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Post by: Hilary on April 20, 2020, 05:27:10 PM
Red flowers today
All the photos were taken in Aprils past in Greece except the erythrina which we saw while running from the rain to go to the aquarium in Lisbon
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Post by: Hilary on April 21, 2020, 01:13:37 PM
ORANGE FLOWERS IN APRIL IN YEARS PAST
All the photos were taken in Greece except the one of Papaver croceum which we saw in Paris
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Post by: Charithea on April 21, 2020, 03:16:09 PM
Hilary, I loved all your flowers, white, red, orange etc. I have been trying to identify them all. Thank you for the posting and of course all the others too.
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Post by: Hilary on April 21, 2020, 04:57:40 PM
Glad you like the rainbow coloured flowers, tomorrow is yellow, easy peasy, but then it is green. Not many green coloured flowers around . I don't write the name of the flowers on the assumption that anyone wanting to know the name would ask. Not that I know all the names of the plants anyway
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Post by: Umbrian on April 22, 2020, 08:10:32 AM
Am trying Nasturiums here for the first time this year after seeing them in a friend's garden last year. I had always thought our temperatures would be too high for them to continue for long but she had them in a shady position and they were still looking good in late autumn. The seeds have germinated well so ... fingers crossed.
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Post by: Hilary on April 22, 2020, 01:45:47 PM
YELLOW FLOWERS IN APRIL IN YEARS PAST

The photo of the Potentilla was taken in the garden of the Archaeological Museum Madrid. If you are ever in Madrid and have some time to spare please do visit this museum

The photo of the mass of yellow tulips was taken in THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, MADRID

All the other photos were taken in Greece
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Post by: Hilary on April 23, 2020, 02:49:37 PM
GREEN PLANTS/ TREES APRIL

Well there are not many green flowers around and the two photos I have were taken in other months.
Today I will be posting photos from our travels, thanks goodness we took the opportunity when we did, and one photo taken by our son M

1 a cloisonné Easter egg, I have a collection of egg cups and painted eggs
2 Quercus frainetto taken by M in Foloi, Elis, GREECE
3 Cynara cardunculus, Corinthia GREECE
4 Agave attenuate ‘Salma Dyke’ Lisbon, PORTUGAL
5 Chusan palm, Madrid, SPAIN
6 Cedrus deodara, Bilbao, SPAIN
7 Acer pseudoplatanus, San Sebastian, SPAIN
8 Hellebore, Paris, FRANCE
Note the information for  4,6 and 7 was supplied by notices
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Post by: Charithea on April 24, 2020, 01:57:27 PM
Top marks to you Hilary for being inventive.  I saw green flowers on a climber about 50 years ago in the Botanic Garden in Singapore.  I saw the same flowers in the La Mortella Garden in Ischia a few years ago. I wrote the name down somewhere and can not remember where.
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Post by: John J on April 24, 2020, 02:47:44 PM
My wife thinks these self-sown Cerinthe and Centranthus ruber make a good colour combination. I'm not so sure. What do you think?
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Post by: Hilary on April 24, 2020, 02:59:05 PM
They look good to me, leave them alone
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Post by: Hilary on April 24, 2020, 03:03:32 PM
Charithea,
There are articles about La Mortella in 13 issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN . you never know the green flower you are interested in might be mentioned in one of them.
I looked at the website of La Mortella and there is a very strange blue/ green flower featured
Puya berteroniana
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Post by: Hilary on April 24, 2020, 03:06:38 PM
BLUE FLOWERS IN APRIL

Not many photos of blue flowers in my archives and most of them taken in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.

First a photo of Borago officinalis taken on a hill overlooking Kalamata in Messinia, Greece
Next a photo of Ajuga reptans taken in a flower shop in Madrid and identified by this Forum.
The last three photos are of plants thriving in the Paris botanical garden
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Post by: David Dickinson on April 25, 2020, 02:06:41 AM
This year the flowers and the leaves on Iochroma australis have come pretty much at the same time whereas last year the leaves came first. Another gift from Chantal's seed bank. :-)
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Post by: Hilary on April 25, 2020, 06:17:01 AM
impressive. How tall is this plant?
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Post by: Umbrian on April 25, 2020, 08:38:07 AM
Agree it's a pleasing combination. I find the Cerinthe, that does seed prolifically, looks good with most things and often tones down some plants that are very brightly coloured adding, rather than subtracting  from their beauty. I always think of it as a rather mysterious, even sinister, plant but welcome it and it is easily pulled out if too prolific.
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Post by: Charithea on April 25, 2020, 12:14:16 PM
What lovely blue flowers!! I love all of them. David your Iochroma australis looks fantastic. You gave me one in Frascati but unfortunately it died.  I have not had much success growing it from seed. Maybe next spring I will try again. Hilary, I have discovered the 'lost' name of the climber.  It is Strongylodn macrobotrys. I had first seen it in 1972 in Tanglin Botanic Gardens, Singapore.  We lived near the garden so we paid frequent visits there. Our daughter who was around 3 liked to feed the monkeys. The reason it made such a lasting memory is because it stood out among such amazing coloured flowers. Its jade green colour looked odd especially when the surrounding trees were covered with multicoloured,  highly perfumed wild orchids.
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Post by: David Dickinson on April 25, 2020, 12:27:43 PM
Hi Hilary,

I can't remember if this its 3rd or 4th summer. I think 3rd as it didn't flower the first year and this is the second time I have had flowers (I think!). It's in a large pot and it is just under 2m tall. I am sure it would be a bit bushier if it were in the ground.
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Post by: Hilary on April 25, 2020, 01:02:40 PM
Charithea,
What a plant! I discovered it even features on a postage stamp, I don't have it, issued by Belgium of all places
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Post by: Hilary on April 25, 2020, 01:06:26 PM
David,
Thanks for the information. I don't think a 2 meter plant would survive on a hot windy balcony
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Post by: Hilary on April 25, 2020, 02:19:28 PM
PURPLE FLOWERS OF APRIL
This is where my understanding of the colours of the rainbow collapses into purple mauve and fuchsia pink

1 Lathyrus odoratus, Sweet Peas grown from seed a few years ago, Corinth Greece
2 Silybum marianum, Xylokeriza, Corinthia, Greece
3 Orchis anatolica, Mount Parnon, Lakonia, Greece
4 Vicia villosa Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
5 I had wrongly identified this plant seen growing on a rock in a pavement in Athens. Now I have no idea what it is
6 Iris germanica, Madrid, Spain
7 Aubrieta, Paris, France
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Post by: John J on April 25, 2020, 04:21:26 PM
Hilary, your no. 5 looks like a Centaurea. I'd be tempted to say C. aegialophila although, as its name implies, they normally grow near the sea.
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Post by: Hilary on April 25, 2020, 08:37:55 PM
Many thanks John
I saw this plant on a rock in the pavement which was very difficult to get past as the road was very busy . I couldn't see over the rock and waited till the traffic had stopped higher up the road and there was no sound of the tram coming then took a deep breath and dashed round the rock

Here is a quotation in Greek taken from an article ΤΟ ΙΕΡΟ ΤΟΥ ΠΑΝΟΣ

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Αν στο σημείο εκείνο κοιτάξετε στο βάθος, μέσα στα δέντρα, θα ανακαλύψετε έναν μεγάλο βράχο με δύο λαξευμένες πλευρές και μια μικρή φυσική σπηλιά στη βάση του. Είναι ο βράχος που, πολλοί οδηγοί κατεβαίνοντας την Αρδηττού προς Καλλιρόης, βλέπουν να κόβει το πεζοδρόμιο και το δρόμο στην άκρη του και ίσως αναρωτιούνται, τι στην ευχή άφησαν αυτόν το βράχο εκεί, μες στη μέση.

It more or less says what I was thinking
Why on earth have they left a huge rock in the middle of the pavement
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on April 26, 2020, 05:48:52 AM
I forgot to say that after you suggested Centaurea ebenoides as the identity to the purple flower I searched the internet where  I found a photo of Centaurea raphaniana which someone had posted  with the information that his photo was taken
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in Athens close to the Acropolis

Now this morning I find there are dozens of articles about this plant !
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Post by: John J on April 26, 2020, 06:31:45 AM
Hilary, I'm a bit confused. I suggested Centaurea aegialophila not C. ebenoides as the former is one that I have come across here in Cyprus. As far as I am aware the other 2 C. ebenoides and C.raphaniana don't occur here so I am not familiar with them.
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Post by: Umbrian on April 26, 2020, 06:44:25 AM
David, the Iochroma australis you have to me last year grew well and was transferred to safe winter quarters in good time. I was looking forward to perhaps having some flowers this year but a large part of the growth defoliated and subsequently died. I am left with a rather lopsided plant that nevertheless is starting to grow away again. Needless to say there is no evidence of flowers so I shall have to keep my fingers crossed for next year.
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Post by: Hilary on April 26, 2020, 07:01:11 AM
John,
You think you are confused, Reading about Centaurea yesterday it felt as if every little hill, island  and village has its very own Centaurea . I had noted Centaurea ebenoides on a piece of paper which I found next to my computer this morning. The flower is nothing like the one in my photo but I liked the look of the leaves
Sorry about the confusion
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Post by: David Dickinson on April 26, 2020, 11:31:48 AM
Another plant flowering at the moment which doesn't have yellow flowers is Tiarella 'Running Tiger'. Hopefully when she gets up to speed she will be running. For the moment just first, tentative steps with just one runner producing one offset in 2 years. The parent plant is filling out nicely though. At the height of summer when the sun is very high, it gets some midday sun, which it doesn't like. But in the warm shade of spring it is very happy.
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Post by: Charithea on April 26, 2020, 11:48:12 AM
David, your Tiarella looks lovely and the leaves are equally as attractive but they are sending out the message' I am delicate , don't let that hot sun get me'. Enjoy it. 
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Post by: Hilary on April 26, 2020, 02:36:03 PM
MAUVE FLOWERS IN APRIL

1Thymus, CORINTH GREECE, I have no idea where I saw this
2 Gynandriris sisyrinchium, MOUNT PARNON, LAKONIA, GREECE
3 Orchis italica, MOUNT PARNON, LAKONIA, GREECE
4 Campanula andrewsii, MYSTRAS, LAKONIA GREECE
5 Muscari comosum, XYLOKERIZA, CORINTHIA, GREECE
6 Psoralea bituminosa, MANI, LAKONIA, GREECE

 I am not too sure about the name of the campanula. If anyone knows differently, please let me know
It is amazing just how many wild flowers you can  ‘capture’ in April on a drive in the countryside
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on April 27, 2020, 02:35:33 PM
Today's post was to be called DEEP PINK FLOWERS OF APRIL; however, I seem to have collected photos together depicting flowers of   all shades of pink

1 Freesia, which grew in a pot on the front balcony, Corinth, Greece. It subsequently disappeared
2 Pelargonium after the rain. We were on a day bus trip to the island of Salamis and it bucketed down. Later the sun came out and we were able to visit the monastery without getting soaked
3 Rosa, dark pink. This was growing in the garden of a Friend's holiday home,It was Easter Day and we had been invited to celebrate the day with them, Kyra Vrisi, Corinthia, Greece
4 Lathyrus odoratus, growing in pots on the north facing balcony. I had been sent a packet of seeds from the UK  which performed beautifully, Corinth Greece
5 Lathyrus odoratus, closer
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Post by: Charithea on April 27, 2020, 03:29:04 PM
All of them lovely. My mother used to say χαριτωμένα.
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Post by: Hilary on April 28, 2020, 02:42:34 PM
FUCHSIA COLOURED PLANTS IN APRIL
Unfortunately, all the photo I seem to have are of cultivated plants
1 Primula and other fuchsia coloured plants, Tynemouth, UK
2 Primula, Tynemouth, UK
3 Azalea, Madrid, Spain
4 Primula. Paris, France
5 Bougainvillea, Corinth, Greece

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Post by: Charithea on April 29, 2020, 01:03:48 PM
We have the Bougainvillea and the partridge but not the other flowers. I have , however, painted the plant containers at the top of the field fuchsia. It is a lovely colour and it brightens up the area.  The drawback is that I have to repainted them every spring as the colour fades.
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Post by: Hilary on April 29, 2020, 02:18:15 PM
PINK COLOURED FLOWERS IN APRIL
1 Silene intergripetala, Mount Parnon, Lakonia, Greece
2 Cyclamen rhodium peloponnesicum, Messinia, Greece
3 Crepis rubra, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
4 Pink Tulip, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
5 Light pink rose, Kyra Vrisi, Corinthia, Greece
6 Begonia erythrophylla, Salamis, Greece
7 Prunus triloba, Paris, France
8 Prunus triloba, closer
9 Oenothera speciosa. Ancient Corinth, Corinthia, Greece
10 Rhododendron, pale pink. This is not my photo, I believe it came from a friend of mine who lives in Leeds, UK
I couldn't remember where I had seen the pale pink tulip but luckily for the last few years I have been keeping a few notes in a diary.
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Shopping in Sparta
, then II remembered that outside of a large store there were tulips in troughs
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Post by: David Dickinson on April 30, 2020, 01:08:38 AM
Hi Hilary

I grow Crepis rubra from seed every year but I would really like to grow Crepis incana. I have tried with 2 or 3 plants but with no success. I read that they are found in Greece but maybe at higher altitudes? Does anybody have success with C incana and any tips to pass on?

I like the Begonia leaves. I shall look out for that one. Thanks for sharin.
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Post by: Hilary on April 30, 2020, 05:23:53 PM
Aloe mitriformis, Mitre Aloe

This outgrew the trough on the south facing balcony. Luckily it came out easily not like another plant which required three men, a chain saw and a drill to get it out
Since I am replanting the trough all the plants are also small. The photo of the flower was taken several years ago
I don’t remember how I decided on the name but now I find its accepted name is Aloe perfoliata

There is a wonderful collection of photos of Aloes gown by Andrew Sloan.
You will find them on the website of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY under the heading PLANT GALLERIES
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on May 01, 2020, 05:35:05 AM
The 1st May is St Ephisius Day, the patron saint of Sardinia. Three years ago (2017) we were in Sardinia with an MGS Excursion group on this day and watched the absolutely fantastic sight of the annual parade in the saint's honour that took place in Cagliari. Our thoughts and good wishes are with the people of Sardinia on their special day in these troubled times.
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Post by: Hilary on May 01, 2020, 04:54:28 PM
Fuzzy photos of some of  our May Wreaths in the past from 1978 to 2003
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Post by: Hilary on May 02, 2020, 02:19:57 PM
MAY WHITE FLOWERS 1-5

1 Rosa seen at the Rose Garden, Schinos, Corinthia. I am afraid I had the name wrongly noted and the original photos were on a CD which wouldn’t play

We had met up with other members of the Greek branch of
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY at the garden in May 2008
In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 56, April,2009 there is an article by  Veronica Hadjiphani-Lorenzetti  A ’HISTORICAL’   ROSE GARDEN IN GREECE about this garden.

2 Sambucus nigra, I must have snapped this at the same place
3 Bougainvillea spectabilis, Corinth, Greece
4 Brachychiton populneus, Corinth, Greece
5 Passiflora caerula, Ancient Corinth, Greece
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Post by: Hilary on May 03, 2020, 04:16:40 PM
RED FLOWERS IN MAY 1-5
1 Callistemon, Corinth Greece
2 Abutilon, Sparta, Lakonia Greece
3 Red rose, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
4 Tropaeolum majus, Kiato, Corinthia, Greece
5 Lilium bulbiferum, Ancient Corinth, Greece
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Post by: John J on May 04, 2020, 09:22:21 AM
Our Epiphyllum oxypetalum has yet to flower this year, but we have several hybrids whose flowers appear in the daytime, last longer, are more brightly coloured but, unfortunately did not inherit their parent's fantastic scent. The first to flower this year is 'Elektra'. My hand is to try to show the size of the flower.
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Post by: Charithea on May 04, 2020, 12:33:39 PM
Hilary all your red flowers are lovely but I think theLilium bulbiferum is magical.
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Post by: Hilary on May 04, 2020, 02:00:27 PM
Yes, I am lucky to have a few friends with gardens.
Usually in the spring and in the autumn  I visit each of them to see their latest additions and changes .
My  friend, whose garden the lily was in, also grows chard ,rokka, parsley, mint of course and has hens. So I usually come home laden with leafy greens and eggs
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Post by: Hilary on May 04, 2020, 02:44:48 PM
ORANGE FLOWERS IN MAY

1 Aloe helenae, Corinth, Greece
2 Coreopsis tinctoria, Ancient Corinth, Greece.
3 Hemerocallis fulva, Kiato, Corinthia, Greece
4 Apricot coloured rose, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
5 Papaver, orange coloured, Corinth Greece
I have no idea where I saw this but from the date and time it was in Corinth, Greece
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Post by: Hilary on May 05, 2020, 02:59:29 PM
YELLOW FLOWERS IN MAY

1 Chrysanthemum coronarium, Ancient Corinth, Greece 
2 Helichrysum stoechas, Corinth, Greece
3 Same as above, closer
4 Onosma echioides, Mount Taygetus, Lakonia, Greece
5 Yellow rose, Kyra Vrisi, Corinthia, Greece
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on May 06, 2020, 08:22:20 AM
Good choice of flower/plants Hilary. I would love to have theOnosma echioides growing in our garden.
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Post by: Hilary on May 06, 2020, 04:17:08 PM
GREEN IN MAY

1 Achillea millefolium, Yarrow, Αγριαψιθιά, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
1 Broussonetia, Ancient Corinth, Greece
3 Clematis Alice Fisk seed heads Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
4 Vitis, grapevine, Corinth, Greece
5 Morus, Mulberry tree, Corinth Greece

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Post by: John J on May 07, 2020, 05:47:40 AM
The first flowers of the year are beginning to appear on our Acca sellowiana bushes.
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Post by: John J on May 07, 2020, 10:34:09 AM
Another Epiphyllum this one 'Candy Crush'.
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Post by: Hilary on May 07, 2020, 04:38:40 PM
BLUE FLOWERS IN MAY

Only one flower and it looks more mauve than blue

Limonium sinuatum, Winged Sea Lavender

This plant grows in abundance at the Corinth Gulf end of the canal

The polystyrene ball covered in Sea Lavender was rescued from the decorations of a wedding reception, no that is a lie I was given it. When the roses and lilies died I was left with the ball so the next May Day we went to Poseidonia to make our May wreath and I picked enough Sea lavender to cover the ball. Then I gifted it to the happy couple.

 I was going to say returned but I have read so many blogs recently written by women of the USA that gifted sprung to mind
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Post by: John J on May 08, 2020, 04:37:56 AM
Yet another opened this morning, 'Ambrosia'.
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Post by: Hilary on May 08, 2020, 05:02:03 PM
PURPLE FLOWERS IN MAY

1 allium ampeloprasum, Corinth, Greece
2 Bauhinia, Geroskipou, Cyprus
3 Bougainvillea, Corinth, Greece
4 Campanula, Ancient Corinth, Greece
5 Clematis ’Alice Fisk’ Sparta, Lakonia, Greece.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on May 09, 2020, 02:34:33 PM
Hilary, I love the powder blue of the Limonium sinuatum.  Ours seem to die every summer and need to be replaced.  We were in quarantine this spring so we did not get any.
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Post by: Hilary on May 09, 2020, 03:23:14 PM
MAUVE FLOWERS IN MAY

1 Campanula, Mykines, Argolis, Greece
2 African daisy, Corinth, Greece
3 Gazania, Loutraki, Corinthia, Greece
4 Limonium perezii, Haifa, Israel
5 Mauve rose with ant, Ancient Corinth, Greece
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Post by: Hilary on May 10, 2020, 02:07:58 PM
DEEP PINK FLOWERS IN MAY

1 Pelargonium, dark pink, Sparta, Lakonia

2 Mimulus, pink Ancient Corinth

3 Lapranthus, Corinth

4 Dahlia, Loutraki, Corinthia

5 Rose, Corinth

All photos were taken in Greece
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Post by: John J on May 11, 2020, 10:24:49 AM
Yesterday we took advantage of the slight relaxation of lockdown rules that had come into force to make a dash to our favourite Garden Centre (30 mins drive away). We came back with a boot full of goodies for the princely sum of 50 euros. One of the ones we got ( a freebie) he was unsure of the name of, possibly a Bidens, if so we decided it must be a hybrid. The best I can come up with is one called 'Campfire Fireburst'. If anyone can either confirm this or provide a more accurate ident I'd be grateful.
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Post by: Hilary on May 11, 2020, 04:44:10 PM
FUCHSIA PINK FLOWERS IN MAY

1 Crupina crupinastrum, Xylokeriza, Corinthia Greece
2 Ditto
3 Gladiolus, Corfu, Greece
4 Pelargonium peltatum, Kiato, Corinthia, Greece

I sometimes wonder where I get the names from, please let me know if I have made a mistake
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Post by: Hilary on May 12, 2020, 01:40:53 PM
PINK FLOWERS IN MAY
1 Capparis spinosa, Corinth
2 Delphinium, Kiato, Corinthia
3 Dolichos lablab, Ai Theodori, Corinthia
4 ditto seed pod
5 Pelargonium, Kiato, Corinthia
6 Rosa floribunda, ‘Sexy Rexy’, Rose Garden, Schinos, Corinthia

Again all the photo were taken in Greece
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: David Dickinson on May 13, 2020, 12:46:00 AM
Hi John

Sorry I haven't been very active here recently. Working from home takes so much more time than teaching in the class room! Won't go into details :-(

Your plant certainly looks like a Bidens I  bought a similar Bidens 'Hot and Spicy' this year.
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Post by: John J on May 13, 2020, 04:02:12 AM
Thanks for that, David. I don't know where these plants have suddenly appeared from, neither of us could recall seeing them on offer anywhere before.
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Post by: Charithea on May 13, 2020, 08:19:04 AM
Thank you Hilary for the photos of your Fuchsia pink flowers and your Pink flowers, they are beautiful and brighten up tha day. I love the Crupina crupinastrum very much. It is so delicate and airy it makes me feel that it should be embroidered on a cushion.
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Post by: Hilary on May 13, 2020, 08:28:40 AM
Embroidered on a cushion. By coincidence today I noticed that a cushion I had embroidered about twelve years ago shows spring flowers and strawberries . I will snap it later
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Post by: Hilary on May 13, 2020, 04:43:55 PM
BROWN FLOWERS IN MAY
The title might be a bit misleading since I don’t have many photos of brown flowers.
There is a strip of garden in the yard of the block of flats where we live. Over the years various bushes and trees have been planted

Robinia pseudoacacia, planted by the original committee over 25 years ago.
It is pruned radically in February or March
2 Pinus, the junior school children, about 20 years ago, came home from school with tiny trees to plant. The Forestry Commission must have visited their school. Three pine trees thrived while a few other trees just didn’t make it.
Prunus armeniaca. One of our neighbours planted an apricot stone and it produced this tree which at the moment if full of fruit. However, the fruit usually drops off
4 Cercis siliquastrum, My husband planted this for me
5 And now a flower. Stapelia grandiflora seen in Ancient Corinth, Greece
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Post by: Hilary on May 14, 2020, 04:19:35 PM
 WHITE FLOWERS IN MAY   6-10

6 Delphinium, Kiato, Corinthia Greece
7 Echinops oxygona, Corinth Greece
8 Hyoscyamus albus, Corinth, Greece
9 Nigella arvensis, Corinth Greece
10 White rose, Madrid, Spain
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Post by: Hilary on May 15, 2020, 01:27:32 PM
RED FLOWERS IN MAY 6 -10

6 Red lilies in a yard, Corinth, Greece
7 Papaver somniferum. Kiato, Greece
8 Disocactus ackermannii, Xylokeriza, Corinthia, Greece
9 Rosa Papa Meilland, Madrid, Spain
10 Wild flower and the Gulf of Corinth, Greece
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Post by: Hilary on May 16, 2020, 01:29:42 PM
ORANGE FLOWER IN MAY 6-10

6 Dahlia, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
7 Mimulus, Ancient Corinth. Greece
8 Bougainvillea, Corinth, Greece
9 Dianthus caryophyllus, Kiato, Corinthia, Greece
10 Rose, Ancient Corinth, Greece,
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Post by: David Dickinson on May 16, 2020, 11:27:50 PM
What a beautiful rose that last one is Hilary. Any idea what it might be, exactly? The cream, peachy one.
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Post by: David Dickinson on May 16, 2020, 11:39:14 PM
Earlier in this thread I said that I was waiting for some Freesia 'Blue Moon' to flower. This is what came out :-(
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Post by: Hilary on May 17, 2020, 06:28:14 AM
David,
 I have no idea about the rose
We took a walk round the village a couple of years ago and I snapped away at all the flowers
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Post by: Hilary on May 17, 2020, 03:40:56 PM
YELLOW FLOWERS IN MAY 6-10

6 Cineraria maritima, Sparta Lakonia, Greece
7 Nerium oleander. Corinth, Greece
8 Grevillea robusta. Nicosia, Cyprus
9 Crepis, Corinth, Greece
10 Jacobaea maritima, Kifissia, Attica, Greece
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Post by: Hilary on May 18, 2020, 04:19:13 PM
GREEN IN MAY 6-10

6 Echinops graecus, Corinth, Greece
7 Salix, Nemea, Corinthia, Greece
8 Araucaria heterophylla, Corinth, Greece
9 Tamarix, Corinth, Greece
10 Ficus retusa, Corinth, Greece

How fresh and green the trees look while everything else is drying up
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Post by: Hilary on May 19, 2020, 03:43:50 PM
PURPLE FLOWERS IN M AY 6-10
6 Campanula, Nafplion, Argolis, Greece
7 Silybum marianum, Isthmia, Corinthia, Greece
8 Vicia, Troodos Mountain, Cyprus
9 Campanula, Canterbury Bells, Ancient Corinth, Greece
10 Iris Louisiana ‘Black Gamecock’ Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
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Post by: David Dickinson on May 20, 2020, 09:58:44 AM
Some good spring colour. I wish my simple camera could capture the real colour of Plumbago indica. The colour is more coral/salmon pink. I have to keep it under cover over winter and it looses its leaves. I put the pot out in spring close to other plants so the lack of leaves is less noticeable - here next to Salvia 'Phyllis' Fancy'
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Post by: Hilary on May 20, 2020, 03:38:02 PM
MAUVE FLOWERS IN MAY 6-10

6 Alyogyne huegelii, Corinth, Greece
7 Campanula ramosissima, Ancient Corinth. Greece.
8 Campanula, Ancient Corinth, Greece
9 Rosa, mauve, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
10 Hibiscus syriacus, Kiato, Corinthia, Greece
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Post by: Charithea on May 20, 2020, 04:07:20 PM
What an array of beautiful flowers. Everyone has its charm. Thank you for posting them.
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Post by: Umbrian on May 21, 2020, 07:46:39 AM
Love the Alyogyne - such prettily arranged petals as well as a beautiful colour. Unfortunately not been successful with them here....
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Post by: Hilary on May 21, 2020, 08:46:16 AM
I snapped the Alyogyne in the local plant nursery I don't think they actually produce the plants them selves so I don't know if any have been successfully grown here either 
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Post by: John J on May 21, 2020, 09:09:11 AM
I'm going to be boasting now, our Alyogyne is in full flower now and has been since early April.  8)
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Post by: Hilary on May 21, 2020, 04:34:10 PM
DEEP PINK FLOWERS IN MAY 6-10

6 Cylindropuntia imbricata, Ancient Corinth, Greece
7 Dahlia for sale , Loutraki, Corinthia, Greece
8 Deep pink coloured Rose, Ancient Corinth, Greece
9 Two coloured deep pink Rose, Sparta. Lakonia, Greece
10 Petunias for sale. Loutraki, Corinthia, Greece
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Post by: Hilary on May 22, 2020, 04:26:12 PM
FUCHSIA PINK FLOWERS IN MAY 5-9

5 Dianthus barbatus
6 Impatiens New Guinea Hybrids
7 Osteospermum
8 Bougainvillea spectabilis, close
9 Bougainvillea
According to my diaries all these photos were taken somewhere in Corinth in the May of 2011, 2014 and 2016.
I don’t remember any of them !
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Post by: Charithea on May 22, 2020, 05:00:34 PM
Wonderful bright colors Hilary. I admire the fact that you keep notes for your photos. I always make notes and put them in safe places. Luckily my IPad photographs are dated automatically and I don't have to worry so much.
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Post by: Hilary on May 22, 2020, 06:37:51 PM
If I hover over the photo on the computer  the date usually shows, That is if I have set the camera to record the dates
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Post by: Hilary on May 23, 2020, 04:38:06 PM
5 PINK FLOWERS IN MAY 6-10

6 Argyranthemum frutescens, Nemea, Corinthia, Greece
T Achillea millefolium, Alsos Goudes, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
8 Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Corinth Greece
9 Hippeastrum, Corinth Greece
10 Gerania Mountain and roses, Ancient Corinth, Greece
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Post by: Charithea on May 24, 2020, 01:16:14 PM
Hilary, I look forward to your 'Colour 'series photos.  I am never disappointed. I loved all today's different tints of Pink.
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Post by: Hilary on May 24, 2020, 04:37:31 PM
There seems to be many shades  of pink. I can hardly tell one from the other, glad you are enjoying the photos
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Post by: Hilary on May 24, 2020, 04:39:53 PM
WHITE FLOWERS MAY 11-15
11 Argyranthemum frutescens, Corinth Greece
12 Campanula, Canterbury Bells, Ancient Corinth, Greece
13 Convolvulus arvensis, Corinth, Greece
14 Pyracantha, Corinth, Greece
15 White rose in a garden , Corinth, Greece
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Post by: Hilary on May 25, 2020, 04:51:00 PM
RED FLOWERS IN MAY 11-14

11 Acca sellowiana, Corinth Greece. This small tree was identified for me by this Forum
12 Hippeastrum, Corinth Greece. I was once told that pots with this huge bulb should not be watered until after the 15th August
13 Papaver rhoeas, Ancient Corinth. Greece
14 Red Rose, Madrid, Spain       
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Post by: Hilary on May 26, 2020, 07:20:10 AM
ORANGE FLOWERS IN MAY 11-14

11 Osteospermum, for sale in Corinth, Greece
12 Orange roses in Caceres, Spain
13 Gasteria carinata, repotted recently and already producing flowers
14 The close up is of flowers in 2011
A very useful succulent
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Post by: Hilary on May 27, 2020, 02:11:31 PM
YELLOW FLOWERS IN MAY numbers 11-15

11 Aquilegia, Ancient Corinth, Greece
12 Azara microphylla, Ancient Corinth, Greece
13   Fumana arabica, Taygetus mountain, Lakonia, Greece
14 Glaucium flavum, Corinth Greece
15 Verbascum undulatum, Corinth Greece
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Post by: Charithea on May 27, 2020, 02:41:26 PM
Hilary, thank you again for all these lovely flowers you keep posting. They are most enjoyable.
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Post by: Hilary on May 28, 2020, 03:57:38 PM
PURPLE FLOWERS IN MAY numbers 11-12

11 Delphinium, Kiato Corinthia, Greece
12 Pansies and Petunias, Kyra Vrisi, Corinthia Greece
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Post by: Hilary on May 29, 2020, 03:49:52 PM
LIGHT PINK FLOWERS IN MAY numbers 11-15

11 Convolvulus althaeoides, Isthmia, Corinthia, Greece
12 Dianthus, Nemea Corinthia, Greece
13 Lantana, Ancient Corinth, Greece
14 Cistus albidus, Zemeno, Corinthia, Greece
15 Pink / cream rose, Kyra Vrisi, Corinthia, Greece
All seen in years past
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Post by: Charithea on May 30, 2020, 01:10:34 PM
Hilary, I love the purple flowers very much. This morning my neighbour/fellow gardener showed me her purple gladiolus that the bulbs where brought from Holland. It is gorgeous and better still she promised me one for next year.
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Post by: Hilary on May 30, 2020, 03:49:51 PM
WHITE FLOWERS IN MAY numbers 16-20

16 Lilium candida, Ancient Corinth, Greece
17 Philadelphus, Retiro Park, Madrid, Spain
18 Symphytum album, Retiro Park, Madrid Spain
19 Citrus paradise, Xylokeriza, Corinthia, Greece
20 Off white rose, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
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Post by: Umbrian on May 31, 2020, 07:20:45 AM
I think there is something very special about pure white flowers and undoubtedly careful placing can enhance any garden, illuminating the subjects around them. My Philadelphus has given me particular pleasure this year as the temperatures have dropped somewhat in the last week or so after a hot April and early May resulting in it's flowering period being extended. It's lovely  perfume catches the attention and a reappreciation of its beautiful flowers rising above a miscellany of Salvia in many shades of purple, mauve and pink for which it provides a perfect backdrop.
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Post by: Hilary on May 31, 2020, 05:00:25 PM
I can just imagine the scene, lovely
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Post by: Hilary on May 31, 2020, 05:06:32 PM
Today we went for a drive into the countryside . What with bad weather, grandson's birthday party and the scourge we have not been for a drive since February 9th . We decided not to chance going to a taverna but it looked as if other people did not have such reservations
The first place we stopped at my husband was disappointed as there weren't any flowers. However, just standing still and looking at the undergrowth I saw many extremely small wild flowers. Unfortunately, in my excitement, the photos of the tiny flower are all blurred
Here is a selection of the few we saw near a children's cam,p near Chiliomodi, Corinthia Greece.
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Post by: Hilary on May 31, 2020, 05:08:38 PM
The photos
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Post by: Charithea on June 01, 2020, 11:53:26 AM
Well Hilary, the ones  you posted are lovely. We have not yet venture out on our free Sundays because we expected my sister and husband to join us for coffee after so many months of keep our distance.
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Post by: Hilary on June 01, 2020, 04:49:50 PM
KAMARETA PART 2
After exploring the woods near the children’s camp, we went to the woods near the taverna. There were quite a few cars outside the enclosed open yard of the taverna and sounds of excited laughter and chatting could be heard but we had decided to walk in the woods then go home. I didn’t expect to find quite so many flowers to snap. It seems the photos I get in focus are of subjects at eye level!

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Post by: Hilary on June 02, 2020, 04:01:25 PM
RED FLOWERS IN JUNE 1-3
After that short drive in the car and the wild flowers we saw back to the archives.
 I don't have many photos of flowers in June  but there is plenty of time to go out and find some, a walk around a village is required next Sunday  I think

1 Lobivia silvestris, we used to have a pot of this on the balcony
2 Brachychiton acerfolius, A tall lanky tree growing in the pavement of one of the main streets of Corinth, Greece
3 Aloe mitriformis, A plant we still have but I potted up the offspring and threw the mother away as it got too big for the trough.

I now need to re-pot the re potted as they are too crowded, a job for the autumn 

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Post by: Hilary on June 03, 2020, 03:29:55 PM
ORANGE FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 1-3

1 Dahlia and Osteospermum, Tripolis Rest Stop, Arcadia, Greece
2 Gladiolus, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
3 Orange / pink rose, Corinth Greece
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Post by: Hilary on June 04, 2020, 04:40:03 PM
JUNE YELLOW FLOWERS numbers 1-6

1 Genista sphacelate, Ancient Nemea, Corinthia, Greece
2 Acacia karroo, Ancient Agora, Athens, Greece
3 Eschscholizia, Corinth, Greece
4 Koelreuteria paniculate, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
5 Lantana, Athens, Greece
6 Dianthus caryophyllus, Corinth Greece

All photos taken between 2009 to 2014. Some of the flowers I remember very well others I don't remember at all
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Post by: Hilary on June 05, 2020, 05:04:51 PM
 GREEN PLANTS IN JUNE numbers 1-2

Cycad revoluta, I think this is a photo of a plant which didn't survive life on our hot balcony
Solanum tuberosum, A field of Potato plants, I think, between Sparta and Tripolis. Peloponnesus, Greece
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Post by: Charithea on June 05, 2020, 05:31:50 PM
Once more thank you for the photos. You could of course have photographed the potatoes in flower and posted them in your White flowers. Last year I saw a field full of sweet potatoes. Very attractive colour.
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Post by: Hilary on June 06, 2020, 03:15:31 PM
Yes you are right. I wonder which month potato plants are in flower?
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Post by: Hilary on June 06, 2020, 03:18:20 PM
Only one blue flower for June

Commelina erecta, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece

This one was identified for me by this Forum
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Post by: Umbrian on June 07, 2020, 07:43:26 AM
Good capture of this interesting flower Hilary  but, as often happens with photographs, it does not reflect the intense blue that is quite amazing.amd immediately takes the eye amongst the  not inconsiderable amount of foliage this plant produces. David gave me a small plant last year and it was a delight all summer. This year it is just getting going from  self seedlings and I have given several away to friends who admired it last year.
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Post by: Umbrian on June 07, 2020, 07:53:54 AM
Here are a couple of blue flowers that I would not be without. So many shades of blue but always a welcome addition to any area I think.
Convolvulus sabatius
Consolida regalis
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Post by: Hilary on June 07, 2020, 01:37:08 PM
More blue/ purple flowers

PURPLE FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 1-5

1Solanum ratonnetii, Corinth, Greece
2 Galactites tormentosa, somewhere between Sparta and Tripolis, Peloponnese, Greece
3 Ruelia brittoniana, in a garden in Ancient Corinth, Greece
4 Consolida regalis, somewhere between Sparta and Tripolis, Peloponnese, Greece
5 Pansies, In a garden in Ancient Corinth, Greece

I prepared this post a couple of days ago, hence the repetition of consolida.

 We have just had a long discussion over the dinner table about the names of the colours purple, and mauve in Greek . No conclusion was reached
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Post by: Charithea on June 08, 2020, 12:58:48 PM
Hilary, as far as I know we call purple μοβ here in Cyprus and of course mauve μοβ. We have the colour melizani which it is aubergine almost mauve,Our native aubergine are not as dark as the big fat ones you find in the market.  There is a colour you are not likely to hear in Greece and it is ' urani ' meaning sky blue.
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Post by: Hilary on June 08, 2020, 03:27:36 PM
No I have never heard urani, sky blue , but I like it

The mauve mystery deepens
I have just read that the colour mauve was invented in 1796 and named after the mallow flowere, mauve in French
So what did the Greeks call purple before 1796?
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Post by: Hilary on June 08, 2020, 03:34:48 PM


By coincidence the flowers i had prepared for today are my version of mauve

MAUVE FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 1-4

1 Cordyline fruticosa ‘Soledad Purple’ Sparta, Lakonia, Greece. Growing in the entrance to a block of flats
Duranta erecta, Corinth, Greece. Used to grow in the park which is now, and for too many months, has been under reconstruction
3 Trachelium caeruleum, Ancient Corinth. Growing in a garden
 4 Tradescantia sillamontana, Corinth, Greece. Enjoying the light and protection of an internal stairwell outside my dentist's surgery 
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Umbrian on June 09, 2020, 09:14:48 AM
Describing the colour of flowers, especially in the blue/purple/mauve spectrum is always difficult for several reasons. People register colours differently and we all know how photos can fail to register the true colour. I feel that 'true' blue flowers  are few and far between- probably why many gardeners value them so much.
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Post by: Hilary on June 09, 2020, 04:31:42 PM
Last week we went to Kamareta near Chiliomodi where I took photos of wild flowers.

Yesterday, Monday 8th June, we went to Ancient Corinth near the spring of Chatzimustapha where I took dozens of photos , or so it seems, of garden plants. We walked along a short stretch of road and got so many photos of flowers that I have put them into three posts. However, since we were there under the midday sun some of the colour has been bleached out of the photos

More bright flowers tomorrow
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Post by: Hilary on June 10, 2020, 03:48:35 PM
A short walk in Ancient Corinth, Monday 8th June 2020, part 2

I go the feeling that neighbours were sharing plants as there were repetitions of the same plant in two or three gardens.
Most of the flowers were hanging over the walls in a very helpful fashion
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Post by: Umbrian on June 11, 2020, 08:16:40 AM
I love Solanum rantonettii and since moving from our hillside house and garden,where I needed to keep it in a pot, now have one in the ground. It does get cut to the ground each winter but new growth appears as soon as the temperatures rise and it is a  quick  grower rewarding me with flowers by midsummer. Nothing like the ones in your photos Hilary but very welcome.
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Post by: Hilary on June 11, 2020, 03:31:19 PM
More bright flowers in Ancient Corinth

The spring of Chatzimustapha where we used to get our drinking water before Corinth was given permission to use and was connected to Stymphalia Lake

Acrocorinth looming over the village 
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Post by: Hilary on June 12, 2020, 03:37:38 PM
DEEP PINK FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 1-6

1 Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Corinth, Greece
2 Aquilegia, Corinth, Greece. I wish I could remember where I saw this flower
3 Euphorbia rigida. somewhere between Sparta and Tripolis
4 Again Euphorbia rigida between Sparta and Tripolis., but a different year. I like the leaves on this photo
5 Gladiolus, Corinth, Greece, I must have peeped through some railings to get this photo
6 Hibiscus syriacus, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
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Post by: Hilary on June 13, 2020, 11:18:57 AM
FUCHSIA COLOURED   FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 1-4

1 Oxalis debilis, Corinth, Greece 
2 Brachychiton discolor, Corinth, Greece
3 Brachychiton discolor flowers on top of Pittosporum tobira hedge, Corinth, Greece
4 Brachychiton discolor flowers, I tried to place the fallen flowers in some sort of arrangement but they wouldn't behave
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Post by: Hilary on June 14, 2020, 03:34:05 PM
PINK FLOWER IN JUNE 1-6

1 Schlumbergera, Corinth, Greece
2 Verbena, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
3 Zephyranthes minuta, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
4 Trifolium stellatum, between Sparta and Tripolis
5 Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Athens Greece
6  a rose bush reaching for the sky outside an abandoned petrol station in deepest eastern Mani, Lakonia, Greece 

Please tell me if I have the wrong names
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Post by: Charithea on June 14, 2020, 05:29:51 PM
What a wonderful selection of flowers. Hilary.
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Post by: Hilary on June 14, 2020, 05:54:14 PM
Yes they are all very bright. We went out to some woods today but all the flowers were tiny and not so bright
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Post by: Charithea on June 15, 2020, 12:44:19 PM
Hilary, I look forward to the posting but there are times when I don't allow enough time to appreciate their beauty or to write a good response.
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Post by: Hilary on June 15, 2020, 05:19:40 PM
Don't worry about answering.
 We can see by the numbers that people are looking at the posts so presumably enjoying them
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Post by: Hilary on June 15, 2020, 05:25:34 PM
MAPSOS, Sunday 14th June 2020

We went for a ride to the woods past Mapsos and found the road longer, narrower and with more bends than we remembered

However, it was a lovely clear day and the views back to Acrocorinth, on the right of the photo, and its neighbouring hill Pendescoufi, on the left, were clear

There were several wild flowers to snap, unfortunately non with a name tag attached.

If anyone can put a name to the yellow flower which I brought home to snap I would be ever so pleased

There were many young pine trees which were giving off their characteristic aroma
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Post by: Hilary on June 16, 2020, 09:15:39 AM
MORE FROM MAPSOS

I have included the photo of the young pine trees in this post today as I discovered an article about forest fires in Greece in 2007 where the fire at Mapsos is mentioned

I quote from FOREST FIRES IN GREECE 2007

Quote
“Between 18 and 23 July 2007 attention was concentrated on the fires in the prefecture of Corinth, near the villages of Mapsos and Hiliomodi including the ancient site of Acrocorinthos- the ancient Acropolis of Corinth”

That would explain the presence of so many regenerated pine trees

This white flowering plant was in the shade and was still fresh while all the others in the sun were dried up. By the time I got the cutting back home for a photo the tiny flowers had dried up

The last photo is of the scene looking back towards the Monastery of the Timios Stavros which is hidden behind tall walls
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Post by: David Dickinson on June 17, 2020, 09:13:13 AM
Re your orange Bidens, John. I really didn't expect my hybrid 'Hot n Spicy' to produce seed. Nor did I think, when it did, that it would be viable. Then to see it germinate immediately was a further surprise. Now all that remains to be seen is what colour the flowers (if any) will be.
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Post by: Hilary on June 17, 2020, 06:26:52 PM
RETURNING FROM MAPSOS

The bright red seed pods on the Judas trees, Cercis siliquastrum, were very impressive shining in the sun.
 However, the real reason for stopping the car on our way back to the main Corinth/ Argos road was for me to get up close to the Traveller’s Joy, Clematis vitalba, but looking in the book it looks more like Clematis flammula, Fragrant clematis .Once more I forgot to look at the leaves and smell the flowers.

Since I found their common names in Greek, I will share this information with you
Cercis siliquastrum, Κουτσουπιά
Clematis flammula, αγράμπελη
Clematis vitalba, Λευκάμπελος
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Post by: John J on June 18, 2020, 06:20:45 AM
David, our 2 Bidens seem to be settling in fairly well despite the heat. They appear to be putting on new growth. The owner of the nursery gave them to us as he said no-one was buying them and he didn't know what to do with them. I think we might have to make a trip back there soon as he had several more. If he still hasn't been able to move them maybe we could take them off his hands, for a price of course.  8)
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Post by: Hilary on June 18, 2020, 05:30:33 PM
WHITE FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 1-5

1 Euphorbia milii, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
2 Gladiolus, Sparta
3 Magnolia and bee, Sparta
4 Oxalis articulata forma crassipes, At a taverna between Argos and Corinth, Greece
5 Trachelospermum jasminoides, Corinth Greece
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Post by: Hilary on June 19, 2020, 06:07:58 PM
RED FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 4-7

The first two were snapped in Sparta, Lakonia in 2014

The last two were seen last week when I escaped from the house, here in Corinth, for a couple of hours. 
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Post by: Hilary on June 20, 2020, 04:05:57 PM
ORANGE FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 4-6

1 Echeveria leucotricha, once growing on our balcony
2 Punica granatum, Sparta, Greece
3 Apricot coloured roses, from a garden in Ancient Corinth

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Post by: Charithea on June 21, 2020, 03:45:48 PM
Hilary you latest photographs have beautiful soft colour and restful to the eyes.  We have the first two growing in our garden but roses are another story which I am always complaining about.
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Post by: Hilary on June 21, 2020, 03:52:00 PM
Yes I love roses. I had hoped to see roses today when we went for a drive but no it was all Oleander, Oleander, Oleander.
The area we went to was by the sea and all the houses are mainly summer houses I expect the owners  just have plants which can look after themselves
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Post by: Hilary on June 21, 2020, 03:56:38 PM
YELLOW FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 7-11

7 Parkinsonia aculeata, Corinth, Greece
8 Canna lily, Chani tou Anesti between Corinthia and Argolis
9 Oenothera fruticosa glauca, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece
10 Santolina chamaecyparissus, Alea Rest Stop, Arcadia, Greece
11 Santolina chamaecyparissus, Alea Rest Stop, Arcadia, Greece
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Post by: Charithea on June 22, 2020, 09:38:29 AM
Nice mix of yellow coloured  flowers Hilary.  Our Echeveria leucotricha leuco=white, tricha=hair (two can play this game Carole) is flowering right now under the kitchen window.
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Post by: Charithea on June 22, 2020, 09:58:44 AM
Yesterday, I posted some photos and some information, spell checked it, posted it and I got the message that there was an update and promptly lost everything. So i am having another go this morning.  During our isolation we went round the garden and decided certain things could be changed to reduce the amount of time needed to keep them under control and also improve the look of the areas. Some of our Aloe arborescens grew high and spread due to the two good winters we had so we cut/dug them out and bagged them up. It was a rather tiring job, but we now have a large area to replant. We also had to crop some branches of the Melia azedarach as they were hanging over our  neighbour's driveway. I made sure that the tall high branches were not touched because it is the resting place of the Golden orioles when they come visiting in the spring. All these 'greenery' was finely taken away to the village Green Point.
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Post by: Hilary on June 22, 2020, 03:26:05 PM
That looks like a lot of work, congratulations
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Post by: Hilary on June 22, 2020, 03:29:15 PM
PINK FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 7-12

7 Althea, Corinth, Greece
8 Clerodendrum bungei, Chani tou Anesti, between Corinth and Argos
9 Papaver, I have no idea where we saw this
10 Cotyledon orbiculate, Sparta, Lakonia, Greece. The parent of this plant is flowering now on our back balcony
11 Cotyledon orbiculate, closer 
12 Two coloured rose, Rest Stop Tripolis, Arcadia, Greece

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Post by: Hilary on June 23, 2020, 05:13:59 PM
A SUNDAY WALK IN JUNE

On Sunday we chose to walk in an area near the sea where, although near a village, most of the houses between the abandoned railway lines and the sea  are holiday homes.

This reflects in the choice of plants in the small gardens Bougainvillea, Oleander and  Plumbago, plants which can look after themselves
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Post by: Hilary on June 24, 2020, 06:53:50 PM
A SUNDAY MORNING WALK IN JUNE PART 2
AG GERASIMOS
Apart from the aforementioned Bougainvillea, Oleander and Plumbago we also saw

Morning Glory, I love the shadow of the umbrella my husband is holding over the plant so I can take its photo.
Jacaranda, I only saw this as I was watching where I was walking and saw the fallen petals.
My husband pointed out the Magnolia tree, again I would never have noticed it
Other plants we saw were Jasmine, Trumpet vine, Blue Potato Bush, Angel’s Trumpets and a field of Wheat

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Post by: Hilary on June 24, 2020, 06:58:49 PM
Oops I forgot the photos
A SUNDAY MORNING WALK IN JUNE PART 2
AG GERASIMOS
Apart from the aforementioned Bougainvillea, Oleander and Plumbago we also saw
Morning Glory, I love the shadow of the umbrella my husband is holding over the plant so I can take its photo.
Jacaranda, I only saw this as I was watching where I was walking and saw the fallen petals.
My husband pointed out the Magnolia tree, again I would never have noticed it
Other plants we saw were Jasmine, Trumpet vine, Blue Potato Bush, Angel’s Trumpets and a field of Wheat

I was too busy thinking about my reason for using the common names , I was feeling lazy
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Post by: David Dickinson on June 25, 2020, 12:24:57 AM
I was reading about Charithea's satisfaction with having been able to get some difficult plants to grow for her through trial and error. Well done Charithea. Where plants are concerned, I think it is always worth a try. I am hoping to be able to post a photo or two of my first ever Crocosmia flowers. Two buds waiting to open. I have tried umpteen times and these two plants are the only two to have survived, let alone flower. Now in their third summer and they were planted as flowering sized corms. Fingers crossed.

Even plants that are not difficult give satisfaction as they grow. Two years ago I took a photo of what I think was a Silver-washed Fritillary. They are the usual ones in my garden. It was gliding just at the moment I shot the photo. Today I took a photo of the same spot for comparison. Everything here is grown in black plastic (unfortunately) 50lt tubs as there is the concrete roof of Roman catacombs under them.
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Post by: John J on June 25, 2020, 05:07:43 AM
Earlier this week we ventured a bit further afield than we have been of late due to the restrictions and visited a number of nurseries we hadn't seen for quite some time. One we hadn't been to for a few years in fact and it was good to see the owner again and have a bit of a chat. We spotted the plants in the photo and they looked a little different to the usual cannas. It seems they are hybrids and apparently have been hybridised to the extent that their origins have been lost. They now go under the name of Canna x generalis. Needless to say we picked up a couple.
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Post by: Umbrian on June 25, 2020, 08:24:44 AM
I find your last two sentences both sad and worrying - hybridising to the extent that the poor plants are now just 'generalis' . On the other hand some of the way out names given to new introductions of Salvias for example also drives me mad. Perhaps another example of old age grumpiness 😊
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Post by: Hilary on June 25, 2020, 06:54:07 PM
WHITE FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 6-10
6 Althea, white
7 Tordylium apulum
8 Begonia semperflorens
9 Leucanthemum vulgare
19 Lonicera japonica
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Post by: Charithea on June 26, 2020, 04:22:05 AM
All so beautiful. Thank you Hilary.
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Post by: Hilary on June 26, 2020, 04:07:36 PM
YELLOW FLOWERS IN JUNE numbers 12-16

12 Scolymus hispanicus
13 Ferula communis
14 Gazania
15 Osteospermum
16 Yellow Rose
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Post by: Hilary on June 27, 2020, 05:54:25 PM
PINK IN JUNE
Portulacaria afra today

This year several of our Portulacaria afra plants produced flowers
I remember being given the first one in 1969 and being told that it is called Υπομονή  in Greek meaning Patience

The close-up photo was taken several years ago in Sparta
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Post by: Charithea on June 28, 2020, 04:25:18 PM
The Portulacaria afra looks lovely when in flower. Ours has not flower as yet.  My sister has one which flowered 2 years ago but I thought it was white.  Are there other colours or am I remembering wrong?
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Post by: Hilary on June 28, 2020, 05:28:31 PM
The flowers on our Ipomoni are a deep pink but the photo I took in Sparta the flowers  look to be nearly white
The plants don't produce flowers every year and I haven't followed the climatic conditions to understand why they flower  some years and not other years. It is colder and wetter in the winter in Sparta than it is in Corinth
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Post by: Hilary on June 28, 2020, 06:39:46 PM
last week I went out for an evening walk to checkout the situation at the beach side coffee shops and the beach.
Too many people for my liking
However, I did see this deep blue Plumbago not the usual washed out light blue
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Post by: Charithea on June 29, 2020, 04:51:13 AM
Thank you Hilary for the information. We also have the deep blue Plumbago at the top of our garden/field.  It is more attractive. Luckily our friend has one and this is how we acquired ours because they were not in sale around here.
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Post by: John J on June 29, 2020, 08:01:00 AM
This is our blue Plumbago as mentioned in Charithea's post. We have a large conventional one beside our entrance gate.
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Post by: Hilary on June 29, 2020, 04:40:47 PM
Lemons
For some reason a few years ago, I collected all I could find in the house relating to lemons and took a photo

This year I was given a heavy bag of lemons which were on the point of going off so we set to and squeezed them all and put most of the resulting juice in the freezer

I made lemon curd, something I haven't made for years. It was such a success that it is nearly finished. The next time I make it I will engage the help of someone to do the eternal stirring, stirring, stirring.

And for a couple of recipes using lemons go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 10, Autumn 1997 and read
LEMONS, LEMONS … AND … MORE LEMONS by Helene Pizzi
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Post by: Charithea on June 30, 2020, 12:55:03 PM
Hilary, I make lemonade for my grandson, lemon cake for enticing  Yiannos O to pass by our house so I can find out what new plants he is working with, limoncello for friends and guests,   lemon curd  and avgolemono of course.  There are so many uses for this wonderful 'fruit'.
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Post by: Hilary on June 30, 2020, 04:49:05 PM
I never managed  to accomplish avgolemeno
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Post by: Hilary on June 30, 2020, 05:13:09 PM
Kumquat
I am having difficulty tying this post in with June plants so have decided not to bother and hope you enjoy it anyway.
This plant grows in a piece of land in Sparta which is designated to be turned into a children's playground sometime in the future.

Each spring someone goes out with a strimmer and clears the dried vegetation near their house, another neighbour brings his tractor and clears all the ‘square’ of the dried wild flowers. Neighbours over the years have planted their favourite trees around or in the square Broussonetia, Olive trees to keep the huge Mulberry tree company.
I have been watching this Kumquat tree for about eight years as it grew to the size it is now. Obviously, it had been in a pot on a balcony and needed to be re planted
My son recently put the photo of the Mulberry tree on fb

To learn about Kumquats go to THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 10, Autumn 1997 and read
‘QUATS IN POTS by Duncan Ackery
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Post by: David Dickinson on July 01, 2020, 02:29:05 AM
Whoever came up with the ingenious combination of kid's playground/fruit trees deserves a pay rise. Perfect perpetuating cycle

Kid's want to go higher on their swing. "Okay" says grandpa "but on one condition". "What's that?" asks grandchild."Grab a handful of fruit while you are up there" replies grandma. So perfect in its simplicity.
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Post by: Hilary on July 01, 2020, 11:47:15 AM
BLUE FLOWERS IN July

Only two so far

Agapanthus, Corinth, Greece
Nigella damascena, South England ,UK

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Post by: Charithea on July 01, 2020, 12:53:04 PM
Hilary as usual you produce a very interesting posting. I love your success story of the people's playground.  Has anybody, to your knowledge,  used the Kumquats to make glyco you koutaliou?
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Post by: Hilary on July 01, 2020, 02:15:41 PM
I don't know and, since I am only a visitor, I don't know the people who would have planted the Kumquat tree
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Post by: John J on July 02, 2020, 06:57:22 AM
Strict lockdown rules may be relaxed but their influence lives on. Apples from our tree and mint from the garden result in apple/mint sauce and jelly.
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Post by: Hilary on July 02, 2020, 05:06:10 PM
MAUVE IN JULY

Only two today

Hibiscus syriacus

Verbena
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Post by: Hilary on July 03, 2020, 12:19:55 PM
DEEP PINK IN JULY

Osteospermum and Water Lily

We saw the water lily somewhere in Malta, July 2007, when I realized that everyone we knew had been to Malta but us. It was a memorable holiday surrounded by everyone else, or so it seemed, on holiday
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Post by: Hilary on July 04, 2020, 04:22:43 PM
FUCHSIA PINK IN JULY
Aptenia cordifolia. A much-enlarged photo of this tiny flower which is turning up all over the place in my plant pots
Brachychiton discolor. This tree was growing in our Town Square which is being reconstructed, I don’ t know it has survived  the upheaval
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Post by: Hilary on July 05, 2020, 05:05:07 PM
PINK FLOWERS IN JULY

1 Albizia julibrissin
2 Justica carnea
3 Catharanthus roseus
4 Begonia semperflorens
5 Convolvulus arvensis
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Post by: Hilary on July 06, 2020, 11:53:35 AM
WHITE FLOWERS IN JULY

1 Stephanotis floribunda
2 Abelia grandiflora
3 Iphiclides podalirius
4 Datura stramonium
4 Rose from Madrid
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Post by: Hilary on July 07, 2020, 12:15:28 PM
RED FLOWER IN JULY
Pelargonium peltatum
Only one flower today and I don't know where I got the name from, maybe I should just leave it as Pelargonium
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Post by: Charithea on July 07, 2020, 02:14:43 PM
Hilary the white flowers were lovely but the red Pelagonium has brought such contrast.
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Post by: Hilary on July 08, 2020, 07:42:20 PM
YELLOW FLOWERS IN JULY

Mirabilis jalapa
Nicotiana glauca
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Goldilocks’
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Post by: Charithea on July 09, 2020, 01:06:16 PM
Hilary, Mirabilis jalapa  can look wonderful but we had an area overrun by it.  Nicotiana glauca was used as a kind of disinfected on cuts in my childhood. They are still around but not inside the gardens.  Rudbeckia  I adore but does not grow in our garden.  I have tried and tried and tried...
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Post by: Hilary on July 09, 2020, 03:28:59 PM
PINK HOLLYHOCKS IN JULY

These hollyhocks used to grow down a narrow stretch of land which doesn't go anywhere and which doesn't look as if it belongs to anyone. The owners of the houses backing onto this piece of land used to cut down the plants after they had flowered but now, even the roots seem to have disappeared.
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Post by: Hilary on July 10, 2020, 03:47:29 PM
MORE WHITE FLOWERS IN JULY FROM  YEARS PAST
6 Hibiscus syriacus
7 Nerium oleander
9 Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
8 Alcea
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Post by: Umbrian on July 11, 2020, 07:47:15 AM
Love to see the spontaneous Hollyhocks we sometime spot along the verges of roads. They always seem so healthy with none of the dreaded rust.
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Post by: Hilary on July 11, 2020, 07:10:11 PM
BARTHELEMY VICTOR RANTONNET:
A FORGOTTEN FRENCH GARDENER
BY Alison Rutherford

THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 59, January 2010
This article is illustrated with a drawing by Veronica Hadjiphani-Lorenzetti

I know I am repeating myself with the photos of Solanum rantonnetii but when I saw this article today while I was looking for something else, I couldn't resist the temptation to tell you about it.
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Post by: Hilary on July 12, 2020, 05:09:02 PM
I laughed when I read the following
“How many adult children have moved out and left behind suitcases filled with things that might come in useful some day? If they haven't retrieved it to use it in five years, they do not truly need it. Give it back to them, re-gift it or get rid of it. No excuses tolerated, no recriminations or sulking accepted”
This in an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 101, July 2020.
MANAGING BUSHFIRE RISK IN GARDENS IN MEDITERRANEAN-CLIMATE REGIONS: PART 1 by Trevor Nottle
The advice given applies to gardens, houses, garages, storerooms and places where rubbish and unwanted items collect.
I have realized that if you have the space you fill it. Now when our cupboards are overflowing, I am trying to offload somethings, but not very successfully, as I seem to be a hoarder.
In the 1960s small packets of sugar were provided with your coffee in Greece, I don't think sugar in individual packets had reached the coffee shops in the wilds of North East England at the time.
I loved these ones which depicted Greek wild flowers and, of course, collected as many as I could and stuck them in a scrap book, see they have now come in useful.

1 Primula vulgaris
2 Malva silvestris
3 Convolvulus elegantissimus

I am afraid I don't have a photo of the Convolvulus 
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Post by: Hilary on July 13, 2020, 07:17:58 PM
MORE SUGAR PACKETS DEPICTING GREEK WILD FLOWERS

4 Cyclamen neapolitanum
5 Cistus salviaefolius
6 I don't seem to have this
7 Anemone pavonina

The only photo I have is of the Cistus
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Post by: Hilary on July 14, 2020, 03:58:15 PM
THE LAST OF THE SUGAR PACKETS IN MY COLLECTION

8 Anemone blanda
9 I don't seem to have this
10 Malcolmia flexuosa
The only photo I have is of the Anemone
 
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Post by: Hilary on July 16, 2020, 06:01:08 PM
Corfu 1966. Part one
Some photos scanned from slides of Corfu, 1966

I tried to find photos in my collection with some sort of Mediterranean vegetation   

There are many articles in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN featuring Corfu. I suggest you read
 A MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN IN CORFU by Cali Doxiadis
I issue number 98, October 2019

There are photographs of this garden here 
http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/98-doxiades.html

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Post by: Hilary on July 17, 2020, 04:58:00 PM
MORE VIEWS FROM CORFU

 How exotic I found the Canna lily, with the air strip behind it, and Prickly pear

Corfu is mentioned in many issues of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
You can read the article, and see stunning photographs, which is in number 93, July 2018,
CORFU GARDENS ANCIENT MYTH AND MODERN MAGIC by Rachel Weaving

http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/93-corfu.html
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Post by: Hilary on July 18, 2020, 04:39:54 PM
The Theatre of Dionysos, Athens

The first photo was taken in Spring 1969

The second and third photos were taken in June 2009

There appear to be fewer trees in the later photos

There is even an article in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN where the Theatre of Dionysos is mentioned, number 97, July 2019
ON THE ACROPOLIS: A RARE ENDEMIC by Caroline Harbouri

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Post by: Hilary on July 19, 2020, 05:08:47 PM
OLIVE TREE ON THE ACROPOLIS

The first photo was taken on a very wet 10th October, in 1965
The second two photos were taken on a very hot sunny day in June 2009

Quoting from my old Travel Guide
“According to the legend, Athena and Poseidon disputed for the possession of Attica: Athena, in the name of the olive which she caused to spring up, Poseidon in the name of the nearby sea which he had made gush forth from the rock by touching it with his trident.”

“According to Pausanias, the sacred olive of Athena was not destroyed when the Persians fired the temple, (The Erechtheion) but on the morrow of the fire a new shoot sprang up, manifest proof of the protection of the goddess”
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Post by: Hilary on July 20, 2020, 03:32:09 PM
THE TEMPLE OF OLYMPIAN ZEUS

I quote from my old guide book

“One enters the enclosure through the Doric propylaea: in the middle of it tower 15 magnificent Corinthian columns, of which 13 are to the SE: the drums of a sixteenth, brought down by a hurricane in 1852, sprawl on the ground “

The first photo of the columns was taken in October 1965 and the second in June 2009
The capital of the fallen column was accessible in 1965 while in 2009 it was fenced off

A path, on the outside of the platform on which the Temple of Olympian Zeus sits, is  lined by an ancient wall and leads down to some ruins which can be seen from the temple above.

In 2010 I went exploring this area more to get a photo of a different view of the columns than anything else. In my notes I remark on how annoying the cypress tree is in the middle of the photo
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Post by: Hilary on July 21, 2020, 04:24:29 PM
THE THESEION, THE TEMPLE OF HEPHAISTOS

The first dark dull photos are from October 1995 and April 1999, it isn't all sun and blue skies in Greece.
However, the last photos were taken under the bright sun of June 2009.

When The American School of Classical Studies in Greece finished excavating the Athenian Agora they replanted the area with trees and shrubs which were thought to have been growing there in antiquity.
Olive trees, Mulberry trees, Myrtle and others

Those interested in reading THE GARDEN IN ANTIQUITY by Yvonne Linardos will find the article here
 http://www.mediterraneangardensociety.org/journal1.pdf

The first issue of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN
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Post by: Hilary on July 23, 2020, 04:27:58 PM
SOUNION, THE TEMPLE OF POSEIDON

Three photos taken at Sounion one cold wet windy afternoon in 1966 and three more take on a sunny day in April 1969

I don't have any photos of plants near the ruins at Sounion but my father took the one showing the tops of the columns and Hottentot Fig, Carpobrotus edulis. At the time Hottentot Fig was planted in many public spaces. I imagine it has been expelled from Sounion by now

The best time to visit Sounion is to see the sunset on a clear sunny day, which I never did.

 Byron, who as you all know, scratched his name in the marble   and wrote a short piece about Sounion
 Place me on Sunium's marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and I,
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep...

The Greek poet George Seferis 1900-1971 also wrote a poem about Sounion Επί ασπαλάθων
Ήταν ωραίο το Σούνιο τη μέρα εκείνη του Ευαγγελισμού
πάλι με την άνοιξη.
Λιγοστά πράσινα φύλλα γύρω στις σκουριασμένες πέτρες
το κόκκινο χώμα κι ασπάλαθοι
δείχνοντας έτοιμα τα μεγάλα τους βελονιά   
και τους κίτρινο τους ανθούς.
Απόμακρα οι αρχαίες κολόνες,  χορδές μιας άρπας που αντηχούν
ακόμη…


I am afraid I couldn’t find a translation in English of this poem which is about Sounion, Spiny broom, Calicotome villosa, Ασπάλαθος and the columns

Sounion is mentioned in CYPRUS BRANCH VISIT TO ATHENS MARCH 2019 by John Joynes
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 98, October 2019

Calicotome villosa is mentioned in
GETTING LOST WITH A FOUND PUPPY: PART 3
by Isabel Sanders
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 87, January 2017

And last but not least a photo of, which I hope is, Calicotome villosa

 


   
   

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Post by: Hilary on July 24, 2020, 06:16:21 PM
DELPHI

Two photos from October 1965 and two from April 1969.

You can see that there are plenty of spring flowers in the last two photos.

 We have been back to Delphi at other times but the snaps are all of people posing in front of the columns
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Post by: Hilary on July 25, 2020, 03:50:04 PM
THE CORINTH CANAL

 A photo of the road bridge over the canal when there were only two bridges, now I think there are six or seven.
 The photo was taken in October 1965

The second photo shows the Saronic gulf end of the canal at some later date

The third photo shows the old ferry at the Corinthian gulf end of the canal.

Now there are sinking bridges at both ends of the canal.
The last two photos are of the sinking bridges in action. We are always pleased when our visitors see the bridges sink then rise again, especially when a photogenic yacht or huge ship passes by.

Nothing much to see in the way of vegetation just the ubiquitous pine trees and eucalyptus trees

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Post by: Hilary on July 25, 2020, 07:24:34 PM
I forgot to mention that the Corinth Canal was finished on 25th July 1893
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Post by: Charithea on July 26, 2020, 03:12:59 PM
Thank you Hilary for all those old photos of Greek ancient sights. They bring back many memories. I was going to say that now it would be impossible to walk around alone or take a photo without being in somebody's one but you know what I mean. We were in Sounio last Spring and we're lucky to have our own archaeologist and also an amateur archaeologist talk about the place. Most interesting . We managed to see the sunset too. I will attemp to 'translate' Seferis's poem for you. By the way  I studied maths not Greek literature.
 Sounio was wonderful on Lady Day(25th March)
Being again spring. A little green foliage
Around the rusted stones
The red soil and the thorny brooms
Readily showing its large spines
And it's yellow flowers
A bit further back
The ancient columns
Cords of harps which echoed still.
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Post by: Charithea on July 26, 2020, 04:17:26 PM
Since I posted my rough translation I found in a book called 'Trees and Shrubs in Cyprus' by the Cyprus Forest Association that under the Calycotome villosa it mentions that the Ancient Greeks knew it as  'aspalthos' . It also mentions Seferis'  poem but only translates the three lines,
Few green leaves around the rusty stones
The red colour and the Thorny Brooms
Showing ready the big spines and the yellow flowers.
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Post by: John J on July 26, 2020, 04:23:36 PM
The trip to see the sunset at Sounion was the culmination of a tour that I took a group from Cyprus on in March 2019. The sun going down was spectacular, even the chukar looked impressed.
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Post by: Hilary on July 26, 2020, 04:30:22 PM
How thrilling that you  translated the Seferis poem
I will copy it out
Today, on the beach, I read an article about Mykines and there were several words which I need to look up.
I don't suppose they are words I will be using in daily life but I would like to understand the sentence

I am glad you like the photos of the ancient sites in Greece. I try to find scenes with some vegetation in them, this turns out to be  mostly olive trees, pine trees and cypress trees 
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Post by: Hilary on July 26, 2020, 04:35:00 PM
What a great photo opportunity the bird provided for you by sitting near a column at Sounion  enjoying the sunset
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Post by: Hilary on July 26, 2020, 04:37:21 PM
ANCIENT OLYMPIA

The first photos are of Ancient Olympia most probably in May 1966.

Then we have the lizard, the first I had seen in my life, I was so thrilled when it sat motionlessly until I finished taking the photo.

The next two photos with the Judas trees in blossom were taken around Easter time in 1969.

The last two photos show the entrance to the stadium and the stadium.
Many pine trees, some olive trees and Judas trees
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Post by: Hilary on July 27, 2020, 04:58:57 PM
BASSAE, Part one

In April or May 1966, I met another English woman in Olympia exploring Greece and when I told her I was going to Bassae the next day she decided to join me. Now looking back, I can’t imagine how I travelled  alone in a country the language of which I did not know.

We set of in the local bus, you know the one with all the baggage on the roof and picking up people from the local market taking live chickens home, all very jolly.

As soon as the bus arrived in Andritseana we were met by a hotel owner and the taxi owner and were soon on our way to visit the temple of Bassae.

At some time there had been a shower of rain and I vividly remember the taxi driver holding his big black umbrella and shouting to us that it was time to go back. We were having a great time scrambling over the ruins and counting the columns.
No scrambling on the ancient ruins allowed now, the major sites can be seen behind ropes.   

From my old guide book
“The Temple of Bassae … is situated in a serene and lonely landscape (altitude 1,150m.), surrounded by fields and some old oak trees; the plateau falls away abruptly to the E (hence the ancient name Bassae), where mountain streams have carved out steep ravines.”
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Post by: Hilary on July 28, 2020, 04:35:58 PM
BASSAE. Part 2
For several years my husband and I explored parts of Greece, which our annual summer holidays had not taken us to. These trips were usually after the family Christmas get together   and before the schools started again. In January 1996 we explored parts of the Peloponnese with the intention of staying overnight in Andritsaena and visiting Bassae the next day. Unfortunately, all the hotels were closed for the winter but we were told of a hostel in Skliros, a small village near the temple. We were lucky to be able to sleep in the empty hostel and then early the next morning were able to give the key holder and his wife a lift to Andritsaena via the temple. On the way they told us of how all the village had taken part in the excavation of the temple, in the 1970s I suppose
It had snowed in the night and when we reach the temple, which we knew was now enclosed in a tent, it seemed to be in a cloud, hence the atmospheric photos.  It was dark in the tent as the photos show.   

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Post by: Hilary on July 29, 2020, 05:13:59 PM

NAFPLION

I took a fleeting visit to Nafplion in 1966 and the only photos I have are of the Palamidi castle and Bourtzi.
The photo of the Venetian building, 1713, which holds the Archaeological Museum was taken in 2018. A visit to this recently re arranged museum is on my ‘What to do on Sunday mornings in the spring list ’. I had dashed inside in 2018 and decided that the new arrangement of the exhibits deserved a serious visit. 

For more photos of Nafplion go here
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=2186.0
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Post by: Hilary on July 30, 2020, 03:35:35 PM
TIRYNS
 I visited Tiryns one afternoon in 1966 when I joined a small bus tour with guide.

The walls don’t look so impressive when you pass Tiryns on the way to Nafplion but close up you see that the stones are huge.

Our guide told us various theories about the masonry tunnel and why the sides at a certain height are polished.

The view from the megaron is of Palamidi castle on the left and Akronafplia on the right, Bourtzi can be seen in the sea.
The tall trees are eucalyptus

Tiryns was on my ‘spring trips’ list, I had visions of, if not lying on the ground, taking photos of the walls with wild flowers in the foreground. From the first photo you can see that plenty of wild flowers grow below the walls

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Post by: Hilary on July 31, 2020, 03:49:21 PM
EPIDAVROS
In 1966 I joined a bus trip from Corinth to Epidavrus to see a play in the theatre.
At that time the ‘new’ road to Epidavrus was still in the making so we had to go via Nafplion and arrived, at the large archaeological site where the theatre is situated, quite early.
Recently I was asked if I remembered which play I saw, being a hoarder I knew that it was Oedipus Rex and starred Alexis Minotis and Katina Paxinou and took place  on Saturday 9th July, I have pieces of the programme in an old scrapbook.

I have been back several times, always with an organized bus trip, to see performances in the theatre and innumerable times in day time with visitors.
The last photo was taken by my father in 1969

It looks as if there are olive trees above the theatre while there are tall pine trees behind the scene opposite the seats. Even if you don’t understand a word of what is being said it is a wonderful experience to see a play here. I think the only word I caught in 1966 was spiti, home/ house


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Post by: Hilary on August 01, 2020, 04:52:13 PM
MYKINES

Three of the photos are from summer 1966. The oleander in the car park was still going strong when I saw it a couple of years ago.

The orchards seen in the view from the top of the citadel are of olive trees I think

The two photos of the Lion Gate were taken by my father in 1969, we must have been there at opening time to find the gate so tourist free of and so photographable, a real privilege.

Do you see the yellow flowers growing inside the gate?

For more recent photos of wild flowers growing in Mykines go here
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=2472.0
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Post by: Hilary on August 02, 2020, 03:49:16 PM
Some flowers snapped in Augusts past
Lantana
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Post by: David Dickinson on August 02, 2020, 04:38:41 PM
Lantana is one of my sister's favourite flowers, the pink and yellow variety. Lantanas are very popular with my Humming Bird Hawk Moths too.
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Post by: Hilary on August 02, 2020, 06:03:19 PM
I am glad you added the yellow variety, now I hope someone will add a white one .
I too like the pink and yellow ones
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Post by: David Dickinson on August 02, 2020, 06:25:37 PM
I used to have a white one in my old flat. I don't remember why it isn't with me now. I can only think that "The Beast from the East" finished it off. Thanks for including the orange and red variety earlier. That is my favourite followed by the white. So, I think I will be out on a shopping expedition shortly with a glowing white lantana as my main objective.
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Post by: Hilary on August 03, 2020, 07:33:56 PM
Still on the subject of Lantana

 I remembered taking a photo, which I had discarded, of white Lantana but managed to find it hiding somewhere in the computer.

The bright red Lantana I do not remember at all but it seems to have been flowering one November in Corinth 
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Post by: Charithea on August 04, 2020, 10:44:17 AM
Hilary thank you again for all the photos of flowers and of the Greek Ancient sights be it old or new photos.  Our daughter taught in Kifissia for a few years and spent her week- ends travelling around Greece and the isles sending us cards and even the occasional poem. I still have the cards saved so when I have free time I will go through them again. I would love to see all the wild flowers that grow around those places. We have been on Spring trips  and were enjoyable despite suffering from nausea. i am a bad passenger but I don't might the suffering as long as I can walk about nature and see and smell the flowers.
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Post by: Hilary on August 04, 2020, 11:53:03 AM
Have you seen the photos posted by Liberto Dario on FB  of wild flowers on Crete?

The flowers are so many and clustered together, I think I will put visit Crete in spring on my TO DO list
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Post by: John J on August 04, 2020, 02:01:06 PM
Hilary, all of Liberto's recent FB postings have been excellent. Thea and I have been to Crete together on 2 occasions. Once on holiday based in the Heraklion area, when we did things like walk the Samaria Gorge and visit Knossos. The other was to attend the 2010 MGS AGM that was based in Chania. Thea has also been with 2 female friends on a Ladies only trip when they hired a car and travelled around the island. We'll have to dig out some of the photos from the computer archives!
I would love to go back again sometime and see more of the island.
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Post by: Hilary on August 04, 2020, 04:28:08 PM
 August flowers in years past

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis in Lechaion, Corinthia
 and Stapelia grandiflora in Ierapetra, Crete
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Post by: Hilary on August 05, 2020, 05:06:29 PM
August flowers, eight years ago

Two photos, taken on the same day, of flowers more or less the same colour in Sparta

Justicia brandegeeana

Lagerstroemia indica
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Post by: Charithea on August 06, 2020, 11:47:37 AM
The Justicia brandegeeana is doing us proud but no matter how much loving care I bestow on the Lagerstreomia indica they stubbornly refuse to flower.
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Post by: Hilary on August 06, 2020, 12:59:20 PM
Strange, but now I come to think of it I don't remember seeing any Lagerstroemia in Corinth. It is much wetter in Sparta   
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Post by: Hilary on August 06, 2020, 03:21:55 PM
August flowers in Thrace, Greece

Solanum elaeagnifolium

Eryngium maritimum

In 2006 we were invited to a christening near Maronia which is near Komotini, Thrace, Greece.
The christening was held in a small chapel near the sea.
The next day we swam in the Northern Aegean off a beautiful beach of bright white pebbles.

The two flowers which star in this post were at the edge of the beach 
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Post by: Hilary on August 07, 2020, 03:26:17 PM
AUGUST FLOWERS IN THE UK

I am cheating today as the August flower photos I have left were taken in the UK

Passiflora caerulea

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’
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Post by: John J on August 08, 2020, 07:21:05 AM
Hilary, I hope you don't mind my encroaching on your idea, with a few August flowers here in Cyprus taken this morning. Plants that are continuing to flower despite the intense heat we have been experiencing so far this summer (hovering around, and sometimes over, the 40 degrees C).
Tecoma stans
Plumbago
Bauhinia forficata
Hibiscus tiliaceus
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Post by: Hilary on August 08, 2020, 09:20:29 AM
Lovely flowers. I can't decide which I like best!
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Post by: Hilary on August 08, 2020, 04:39:46 PM
AEGINA
In 1966 I went on a Pilgrimage, arranged by an organization connected to the church. The boat left Corinth, passed through the canal then reached Aegina we returned in the evening again passing through the canal.
We visited the church of Saint Nektarios then went to the beach at Aghia Marina and in the early evening went to the temple of Aphaia.
A photo of the old church of Saint Nektarios and one of the new church. 

Another visit was with a group of fellow members of THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN   SOCIETY in 2001 when we visited gardens and the temple.
Three photos of the temple
You can read an account of the 2001 AGM in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 27, January 2020 by Freda Cox

The last time I was there was with a group of my husband’s old school friends and involved a visit to the bird sanctuary, a visit to a potter, a visit to the new church of Saint Nektarios and of course the temple.
A photo of the sea view from our hotel balcony, many pine trees and olive trees

A trip to Munich has long been on my TO DO list to see the sculptures from the temple of Aphaia in the museum there
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Post by: Hilary on August 10, 2020, 05:00:37 PM
HYDRA
I have been to Hydra twice, as far as I remember, the first time on 20th April 1967
The first four photos show the tightly packed houses round the port interspersed with some bushes. In one photo it looks like Wisteria growing up the side of a house 

The second time was in 1993 with a factory excursion from Corinth, through the canal to Hydra where we spent the day and back through the canal again.
The last four photos are from 1993 and there appears to be some small cypress trees growing here and there

As cars are not allowed on Hydra donkeys are used as beasts of burden and the photo, somewhat doctored, shows them at the port waiting to be loaded
I believe that conditions are better for the donkeys now and that there are special shaded places for them to stand
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Post by: Hilary on August 11, 2020, 04:52:37 PM
POROS

The first time I was on Poros was the 21st April 1967.
 
The first two photos show the town of Poros and its landmark clocktower. I think the hill was covered in Prickly pear plants at the time but later photos show pine trees. The town has a few cypress trees scattered here and there

The third photo shows the view to the south and the narrow straight between Poros and the Peloponnese. Apparently, the famous lemon orchard is there on the mainland but I have never been there, another place to put on the list.

 Poros can be reached by boat from Piraeus or by a ferry boat from Galata on the mainland

Not a television aerial to be seen

The last three photos are of Poros in 2007 starring olive trees, pine trees and a cypress tree in a church yard
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Post by: Hilary on August 12, 2020, 03:23:39 PM
ANCIENT TROEZEN / TRIZINA

The title is a bit misleading as I never found it when I went looking for it in 1967

I crossed from Poros to Galata on the mainland on one of the small passenger ferries and set out walking to find Ancient Troezen.  I was fascinated with the story of Theseus who, as you all know, was born in Troezen.
The spring scenery was glorious and the road lined with wild flowers. I passed the tower which I snapped and decided that that must be all that is left of the ancient town and returned to Galata and Poros.

Now with the help of the Internet and satellite photos I realized that I had taken the wrong road and was quite near the site of Ancient Troezen.
I also learned that the ruin I snapped is the
 TOWER OF DIATEICHISMA / DAMALAS CASTLE

By coincidence there are photos of Poros and  places nearby   taken by Tasos Lada on THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN SOCIETY Face Book site today

There is some information about Troezen/ Trizina here 
https://www.visitnafplio.com/trizina.html

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Post by: Hilary on August 13, 2020, 03:30:32 PM
SPETSES
Another island which can be reached by boat or a short passenger ferry from the mainland
We have been a couple of times but only for  a short-day trip. There is plenty to see on the island but we have not seen it, another place to put on the list
The photos are from 1992, I love the snapdragon growing high up on a wall
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Post by: Hilary on August 14, 2020, 04:11:48 PM
SALAMIS

Another island which we have not explored properly and the nearest one to Athens

We went on a day trip with my husband's old school friends in 2014, you can see a few photos if you follow the link 
The programme was the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum, lunch,  and the Monastery of Phaneromeni. Unfortunately, we didn't go to see the monument to the warriors of Salamina

Most of my photos from this trip have disappeared. What can I say? Back up, back up, back up

Here are two from the Folklore Museum
A photo of a voting box -NAI or OXI, YES or NO
A photo of a loom showing some of the designs which were woven in Kilims, flat tapestry woven carpets

The link from my previous post
http://www.mgsforum.org/smf/index.php?topic=1734.msg12046#msg12046
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on August 15, 2020, 12:39:02 PM
For the people who celebrate The Assumption of the Virgin or Ferragusto  today, have a wonderful day with the people you love. I like to thank you Hilary for your 'travelling memories '. They evoke freeer days when we were able to go and travel with little money and little fear of getting harmed. While living in London John and I had a 'garden' list to visit. We managed to do quiet a few.  Now in Cyprus we have a 'must see/travel list'. I am optimistic and I am sure that we will see/visit some of these places.  The Greek Isles are on the top.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: David Dickinson on August 15, 2020, 01:03:29 PM
Thanks for you well-wishes for today Charithea. I am "celebrating" Ferragosto with a little work in the garden as there are no other distractions. The gazebo is an eyesore and will be sorted out when things have cooled down a little. I would be too ashamed to post a before and after photograph. It really is that bad!

Buon Ferragosto a tutti :-)
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 15, 2020, 01:32:57 PM
My husband asked me where I would like to go when all THIS is over. As quick as a flash I said DODONI
So Dodoni it is . So much easier to get to than Kastelorizo. Chalki, Nisirus , Ikaria, Anafi etc etc
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on August 15, 2020, 02:51:00 PM
For the past few years I have been a member of the MGS Excursions Committee along with Alisdair Aird and Sally Beale. Together we have organised, with invaluable assistance from local experts or others that know the areas well, trips to some amazing locations. Our last effort, to Jordan, ended rather abruptly as we had to abandon it and get everyone out of the country before they locked down the borders. Even as we were frantically rearranging flights every member present expressed the desire to return one day and finish the trip, go to the places we had not seen. Only the other day a member here in Cyprus asked me if I was planning any more trips for when things opened up again. I had said that the Jordan trip was going to be my last one for the MGS Excursions, but comments like that combined with my own itchy feet and desire to see new places makes such a decision hard to stand by.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 15, 2020, 05:03:26 PM
 Even planning a day bus trip is hard enough never mind an excursion to foreign parts 
I think some people must have endless patience
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 15, 2020, 05:08:26 PM
Last week I ventured out' be-masked DOWNTOWN  armed with the camera and snapped some of the flowers on my way.
Nothing very exciting or different but cheerful.
I hadn't noticed the anti pigeon spikes until I downloaded the photos!
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 16, 2020, 06:10:45 PM
MORE AUGUST FLOWERS IN CORINTH
Outside churches, at coffee shops and volunteering on the pavement

Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 17, 2020, 10:04:06 AM
 CRETE, CHANIA
 I started exploring Crete in the summer of 1966 at Chania,
The only photo I have of Chania from that trip was of the church of Agios Nikolaos which was built as a church, became a mosque then back to being a church. Apparently, it is the only church in Greece with both a bell tower and a minaret. I was fascinated by the painted eye which, looking at more recent photos, has been painted over
We visited Crete together with the children in 1986 and again I have only one photo to show you of Chania, the tomb of Venizelos 1864-1936. There is a good view of the town of Chania from the tomb but it looks to have been misty the day we were there 

I had prepared this post to send this evening, but after reading John J's account of the 2010 AGM in Chania , in the NOTICES thread , I decided to post it this morning
Only two photos but of different scenes
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 18, 2020, 03:47:47 PM
THE GORGE OF SAMARIA
In 1986 one of our objects in visiting Crete was to see the Gorge of Samaria.

Guided tours take the tourists to the Omalos plateau, where they start the 16 klm. walk through the gorge to Aghia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea then catch a ferry to Chora Sfakion where the coaches are waiting to take the tourists back to their hotels

This was not an option for us but a friend suggested that we leave the car at Chora Sfakion, take the ferry to Agia Roumeli and sleep there overnight. Then, bright and early, start walking up the gorge and turn back again after passing through the narrow Portes, return to Aghia Roumeli then take the ferry to Chora Sfakion and pick up our car again.

We decided to take the second option which turned out to be quite magical as we had the gorge to ourselves for many hours. We passed the Portes and kept on walking then suddenly what felt like hordes of manic eyed tourists started coming from the opposite direction. It no longer was enjoyable so we turned round and joined the horde. They must have been desperate to pass the Portes and eventually reach the sea and the village with its tavernas

Talking about tavernas the village was not supplied with mains electricity but there was a small solar power station on the beach. This was meant for lighting and small consumption but there was a running joke that every time the lights went out someone said
’ someone has just opened a fridge’

The first photo shows the entrance to the gorge, I think, and on the left the solar power station
The last two photos are of the gorge at its narrowest point, the Portes.
I wish I had taken some photos of the vegetation but for several years it was all family snaps
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on August 19, 2020, 05:14:34 AM
Was called out this morning to see a flower that had opened overnight, a Tithonia rotundifolia, seeds provided a couple of years ago by David In Rome I believe.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: David Dickinson on August 19, 2020, 11:09:09 AM
This year my Tithonia didn't survive the first heatwave which came  a few days after they had germinated. A pity because they do provide a lot of summer/autumn colour. I have seeds ready for next year. Do they self-seed for you?
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 19, 2020, 03:59:20 PM
HERAKLION, CRETE

Not many photos of Heraklion
The castle, the Koules , at the port and a fruit shop in 1966
I am not absolutely sure that the fruit shop was in Heraklion
And in 2008 when a cruise ship we were on stopped for a few hours

We had been to Heraklion several times in the past but had not been to the tomb of Nikos Kazantzakis 1883-1957 so that was out main objective on the cold windy day it was in October. You can see the looming clouds and wind-blown palm trees in the photo 
Kazantzakis is buried on the wall surrounding the city of Heraklion

The inscription on a stone reads 
Δεν  ελπίζω τίποτα,
Δε φοβούμαι τίποτα.
Είμαι λέφτερος

I hope for nothing,
I fear nothing,
 I am free.

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Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: John J on August 20, 2020, 07:36:25 AM
David , I am not sure if the sunflower self seeds as the area it grew in last year has been taken over by Salvias but the one that is growing now it is a seed that survived ants etc. I will collect the seeds and grow them again next year. I have seen an amazing display with this sunflower and Cosmos growing in a cool , water rich garden in Pelio last autumn. They were very tall specimens and with their bright colour caught ones attention.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 20, 2020, 11:35:58 AM
KNOSSOS, HERAKLION, CRETE

1966, like everyone else who goes to Crete, I visited Knossos

The photos are the same as the ones everyone else takes

I hope you notice the pine trees and some other vegetation
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 21, 2020, 11:09:56 AM
PHAISTOS, CRETE
In 1966 I took a bus to the south of Crete to see Phaistos. No,I didn’t go to see the hippies at Matala
1  Phaistos
2 Green, green fields
3 The Messara plain. Some sort of explosion happened the minute I took the      photo
4 Looking south to the Libyan sea and the Paximadia islands
 
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 22, 2020, 06:41:35 PM
THE LASSITHI PLATEAU, CRETE


Another day in 1966 I took the bus to Psychro on the Lassithi Plateau.
The point of going there was to see the hundreds of windmills but I was lucky to come across the grain harvest.

Villagers acted as guides to the cave where Zeus is supposed to be have born but the nonexistent path to scramble down and the weak candles for lighting was not to my liking
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on August 23, 2020, 12:45:17 PM
I remember those hot, labour intensive harvesting and threshing months. That period ended down our way in the late 50s. I remember when the Combine harvester first arrived in the fields. What joy!!
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 23, 2020, 06:18:30 PM
ANOGEIA, CRETE
 Another day in the summer of 1966 I took a bus to Anogeia. There I saw some of the stages of wool being turned into material. I saw women in the dark ground floor of their houses weaving on huge wooden looms the traditional Kilimia of Crete, but I didn’t take a photo

These two photos are, I think, from Anogeia
The man in traditional dress is not wearing Cretan traditional dress and I have never found out just where this type of clothing is worn
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 24, 2020, 03:43:03 PM
SPINALONGA
In 1986 we took a boat day trip from Aghios Nicholas, in the east of Crete, which included a visit to Spinalonga, a taverna and somewhere good to swim.
This was long before the book was written and I don’t think we were much Impressed by Spinalonga but the swim remains memorable
Still not much vegetation in the photos
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 25, 2020, 06:15:35 PM
VAI
We visited Vai, in the east of Crete, in 1986
The thing to do there is look at the Phoenix theophrasti trees, have a swim from the beach, eat at a taverna then look down on the forest of palm trees and the sandy beach.

In fact, every trip in Greece includes eating at a taverna

The palm tree forest at Vai even featured on a postage stamp

A good article to read about the plants of Crete is
THE HISTORY OF CRETAN LANDSCAPES AND THEIR SPECIAL PLANTS by Oliver Rackham
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 63, January 2011
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 26, 2020, 04:09:30 PM
IERAPETRA
My husband and I visited Ierapetra, on the south east coast of Crete  in 1997, long before we got a digital camera
The only photos I have are of two buildings.
The Muslim fountain in front of an old Ottoman mosque and a large square stone built building
I do remember going into the museum to see a statue which had recently been rescued from unofficial diggers and was struck by how lifelike her face was. I felt as if she would talk to me any minute
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on August 27, 2020, 07:31:54 PM
Sparoza card
Looking for something else entirely I came across this postcard sent to me by Sally in 2009.
I suppose the card, which depicts Sparoza and the terraces, must have been drawn by Derek Toms
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: David Dickinson on August 27, 2020, 11:30:02 PM
I often wonder about Sparoza and what is going on there. I have seen the photos of 1960s vs now on the main website and it is incredible to see the difference and what has been achieved over the years. The plant list, blog by Isabel Sanders and the diary all give lots of useful and interesting information. It would be great if there was a quarterly update somewhere on the website/journal.  What new plants are being experimented with this year, for example, with a follow up at the end of the first, second, third years about how the plants have done. Perhaps incorporated into a new column in the plant list? Who is this year's apprentice, what projects they have and some feedback at the end of the year. All things that might inspire members and non-members alike to try out new things based on the experience at Sparoza. Perhaps all this is already going on through the Facebook pages?
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 10, 2020, 01:16:25 PM
WHITE FLOWERS from past Septembers
Anemone hupehensis
Astrantia major
Echinops subdenudata
Hylocereus undatus
Osteospermum
Vigna caracalla
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 11, 2020, 03:32:08 PM
RED FLOWERS OF SEPTEMBERS PAST

To be honest I think the first four photos were taken in the UK
Dahlia   ‘ Bishop of Llandaff  ‘
Alstroemeria psittacine
Capsicum annuum ‘Spike’
Cyclamen in a garden center
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 12, 2020, 09:23:02 PM
ORANGE FLOWERS OF SEPTEMBERS PAST

Dahlia ‘David Howard ‘
Kniphofia
Momordica
Physalis alkekengi
Pink/yellow/orange rose

Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: David Dickinson on September 12, 2020, 11:01:12 PM
That rose is beautiful - just like the perfect sunrise. Something I occasionally see on my way to bed, being a night owl.

Thanks Hilary :-)
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 13, 2020, 08:25:57 AM
YELLOW FLOWERS FROM PAST SEPTEMBERS
Argyranthemum and Verbena
Begonia
Canna
Cassia corymbosa
Chrysocephalum ‘Desert Gold’
Curcubita
Ecballium elaterium
Rosa, pale yellow
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on September 13, 2020, 04:59:56 PM
Thank you Hilary for all the beautiful photos of the beautiful flowers.  They are most welcome at this time of the year where 'things' are struggling to survive the heat.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 14, 2020, 05:30:29 AM
Casuarina equisetifolia, Australian pine tree

Only one photo in the green file of plants in September past.
There used to be a row of these trees in a piece of land parallel to the enclosed dry river bed here in Corinth.
Suddenly, this summer, I discovered they have all been cut down and replaced with Oleander trees and other saplings which I have not yet identified
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 15, 2020, 05:51:39 AM
BLUE FLOWERS FROM SEPTEMBERS PAST

Anagallis monellin
Cichorium intybus
Gentiana asclepiadea
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 16, 2020, 05:23:33 AM
PURPLE FLOWERS FROM SEPTEMBERS PAST
The first was seen in the UK, the second in Greece

Streptocarpos
Tradescantia pallida
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on September 16, 2020, 05:16:32 PM
Hilary, thank you for all the 'Blue flowers ( hues and tints). We have pale blue and purple Buddleja and some other 'Blue' colored flowers in the garden that are thriving despite the heat.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 21, 2020, 05:56:04 AM
Vravrona, Brauron

After swimming near Sounion my son M and his two daughters passed by the temple at Vravrona., It was closed but they could see the columns through the fence. I think this site closes at 4 pm in the summer.

We visited the temple of Artemis very many years ago and I was impressed by the number of ancient mirrors in the museum

In THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 97, July 2019 there is a reference to Vravron in
ON THE ACROPOLIS: A RARE ENDEMIC by Caroline Harbouri

And a poem VRAVRON   by Petrie Newton
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 22, 2020, 08:12:01 AM
‘esta es una plaza’, This is a square, A community garden in Madrid

My daughter visited this community garden at the beginning of September and sent me these photos of the succulent corner of the community garden

There are several websites with information about this project
https://diario.madrid.es/huertos/huerto/esta-es-una-plaza/#10/40.3047/-3.9165
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 23, 2020, 07:09:39 AM
MAUVE FLOWERS IN SEPTEMBERS PAST

Vitex agnus – castus
Geranium ‘Rozanne’
Pansy
Salvia viridis
Verbena bonariensis


Unfortunately only the photo of  Vitex agnus-castus was taken in Greece all the others were taken in the UK
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 24, 2020, 06:02:13 AM
DEEP PINK FLOWERS IN SEPTEMBERS PAST

Rosa, ‘Josephine Hooker’
Sedum ‘Herbstrfreude’
Ipomoea
Rosa, pink and orange

The first three photos were taken in the UK, the last two in Greece

Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 25, 2020, 06:09:54 AM
PIGEON on the outside passageway

Living in a block of flats we, and the other residents, are continuously at war with the pigeons. The weapons of war have been old CDs hanging from the balcony, plastic bags tied here and there, ledges have been sprayed and lastly, and the most effective, has been to stick plastic spikes on any of the ledges the birds prefer.

However, this year one mother pigeon got away with laying two eggs in a pot which contains an old discarded Yucca outside our front gate. I don't think she even bothered to make a nest

By the time we discovered the eggs she had been sitting there a few days so we decided to leave her be.

Luckily or unluckily she managed to knock one of the eggs out of the pot so then there was one.

Here are a few photos of the progress the first one being the mother sitting on the eggs and the last the young pigeon probably the day before it left the nest or rather the plastic pot
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 28, 2020, 07:06:47 AM
FUCHSIA PINK FLOWERS IN SEPTEMBERS PAST

All three seen in Sparta

Pelargonium
Mirabilis jalapa
Catharanthus roseus
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on September 28, 2020, 02:14:20 PM
What a lovely colour. It brightens up the day. Thank you Hilary.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 29, 2020, 05:48:44 AM
PINK FLOWERS OF SEPTEMBERS PAST

Nerium oleander
Pelargonium
Podranea ricasoliana

All seen in Corinth, Greece
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on September 30, 2020, 07:08:06 AM
Litchi chinensis, Lichi, Lychee

At the end of March 2018, we went to the Palacio de Cristal de la Arganzuela, A heated greenhouse at the Madrid Rio park. I have posted many photos of plants seen on that visit but there are still some photos waiting in a queue

This plant was growing in the tropical zone 2 area of the Madrid greenhouse

Litchi chinensis is mentioned in THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN number 70, October 2012 in 

THE IDLE THIRD TERRACE:

TROPICAL EXPERIMENTS IN MALLORCA, PART 2

By Jaime Ruiz
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on September 30, 2020, 02:29:46 PM
Hilary we are still waiting for us to produced some fruit. They do well in the Paphos area not far from us, they get the sea breeze and a bit more water than ours but I am optimistic that they will do us proud one day. Thank you again for inform us and posting interesting photos.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on October 01, 2020, 03:59:46 PM
WHITE FLOWERS IN OCTOBERS PAST

Crocus boryi

4 photos of Crocus boryi to start off October
The first two were taken near Arna and the second two on the way to Karyes, both villages in Lakonia, Greece.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on October 02, 2020, 07:53:55 AM
RED FLOWERS IN OCTOBERS PAST

Calamintha grandiflora, Arna Lakonia
Years later I am not at all sure I got the correct name
Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Corinth
Deep red rose, Sparta
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Charithea on October 02, 2020, 11:42:47 AM
Hilary what gorgeous colours.
Title: Re: Coronavirus situation
Post by: Hilary on October 08, 2020, 06:00:01 AM
ORANGE FLOWERS FROM OCTOBERS PAST

 These three flowers might not be classified as wild but they were all providing colour in Octobers past in Greece

An orange rose in a garden in Corinth, 2010
Tagetes patula outside a hotel somewhere near Gythion, 2010
Strelitzia reginae in the garden of a large shop outside Loutraki, 2013