Morning walk

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2016, 04:19:27 PM »
Today's walk saw us on the cliffs to the south-west of the island in the area of Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite's Rock).
We came across this intriguing little tableau. The obvious question is; who, or what, was Antony (without an H) and why does he warrant a grave/shrine on this spot?
More of the flowers that we found tomorrow.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2016, 06:31:58 AM »
As promised, with first Prasium majus, common indigenous plant that occurs all around the Med, I believe.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2016, 12:33:53 PM »
Breaking in here with news of today's walk. This took us from the road leading down Happy Valley (the whole valley is situated within the British Garrison of Episkopi and serves as the sports complex for the base, with a variety of pitches, athletic tracks, etc) and towards the Monastery of Agios Giorgios. We were amazed by the sheer number of mandrakes that we found, they were everywhere we turned. A few are illustrated below.
On a slightly different note we also found plants of Silene vulgaris (Bladder Campion). These are one of the traditional 'horta' of the island, the young, tender shoots being collected and fried with eggs.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2016, 05:39:46 AM »
Back to our clifftop walk and the sign says it all.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2016, 06:07:12 AM »
Today we have a Cyprus endemic that we found, Onobrychis venosa.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

Joanna Savage

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2016, 06:38:07 AM »
John, that's a beauty.

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2016, 05:38:54 AM »
Lithodora hispidula subsp versicolor, and yet another mandrake that my wife spotted hiding in the undergrowth.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2016, 05:58:01 AM »
The wild thyme still looking very dry due to the lack of rain we have had so far this winter.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2016, 11:29:40 AM »
On my customary morning stroll around our property I realized that we don't need to wander far to find a fair number of wildflowers as we have them much closer to home, generally masquerading as 'weeds'.
We start with the dreaded, and dreadful, Oxalis pes-caprae. I know it's a terrible photo but maybe it doesn't deserve any better. >:(
More from tomorrow.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2016, 05:51:19 AM »
Erodium malacoides.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #25 on: February 29, 2016, 05:59:56 AM »
The tiny white flowers of Veronica cymbalaria.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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Alisdair

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #26 on: February 29, 2016, 09:43:07 AM »
As so often, yet another reason for bending down for a really close look: so many little wild flowers are so rewarding when you get up close. Thanks again, John, I love sharing your morning walks!
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2016, 05:36:01 AM »
Bellevalia trifoliata.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #28 on: March 02, 2016, 05:47:25 AM »
Anchusa azurea syn. A. italica, or vice versa depending on which source you read. ???
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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John J

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Re: Morning walk
« Reply #29 on: March 03, 2016, 02:03:41 PM »
Lamium moschatum.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)