Here are the newly-spotted flowers seen the week after Easter, like the previous flower-posting with random comments attached.
Cornflower: The essence of blue! When it grows amongst the wide white umbels of Orlaya, it appears that the Greek flag has come to life.
Alkanet: This is one of numerous members of the anchusa family which grow in Corfu. I think this one is Large-blue Alkanet (Anchusa azurea).
Lupin: This was carpeting the ground on Easter Monday in the hills above Marmaro.
Pitch Trefoil: Crush the flower and you’ll find it smells strongly of asphalt (pitch), probably a protective mechanism to save it from being eaten by goats.
Periwinkle: Grown as an ornamental in Northern Europe; a wild variety thrives here.
Bindweed or Convolvulus
Monkey Orchid: Seen on the Corfu Trail in the hills above Marmaro.
Pyramid Orchid; Seen on the Corfu Trail near Tristrato.
Mallow: It grows low-down and also in huge shrubby drifts. The locals infuse the dried flowers to make a tea. The Greek name is ‘Moloha’, not so far from our own moniker.
Purple Bugloss: A beautiful flower which if you look closely combines purple with a pink rim and navy blue stripes.
Broomrape: Wiki says this is ‘a parasitic plant which bears tubular flowers on a leafless brown stem. It is attached by its tubers to the roots of the host plant.’ Nice!
Pea Asparagus: A tiny, perfect pea of pure red. Low-growing, it looks as if someone has scattered rubies on the ground.
Moth Mullein (Verbascum blatteria) and Greek Mullein (Verbascum
graecum) were both growing in the flatlands behind Ermones.
Large Cuckoo Pint
Many trees are in blossom, including apple, quince and elder. Talking of blossom, did you know that the Judas Tree is a member of the pea family? I didn’t either. I suppose it’s because of the dark brown leguminous seed cases which form after the blossom is over. Wouldn’t fancy trying them, though!
And lastly, Honesty – now coming to the end of its flowering – is a CABBAGE!Return To Hilary’s Blog Main Page