|The road from Myrina to Agios Yannis|
|Onopordum illricum (thistle)|
I’ve just had a friend staying who knows a lot about plants. She and I went for a walk along a coastal road and were amazed at the number of flowering plants. These were different plants from those flowering when we arrived. The poppies and chamomile daises have passed their best. Now is the time for the hardy summer plants to put forth a show.
|And though there were wonderful views it was the colourful foreground that entranced.|
My gardening friend knew the names of many plants and was excited to see plants she had paid $20 for growing here beside the road. However we could not name them all and came home to identify more from the photos I’d taken.
|By the roads stands of Lavatera Arbaria|
There were plants I did not photograph, that were not quite in flower, such as the Vitex Agnus-Castus, a type of Verbenea.
Others such as the Nerium, or Oleander (also called
|Trying to decided the name of a plant|
I’ve said in a previous blog that I don't easily remember Latin names, though I can see why this name helps, after all each Greek island seems to have its own common name for a plant, let alone the numerous other names given to it in other places around the world. So that Origanum is Oregano or Marjoram, and Irises are called Flags in England, or Ariokrinos or Irida in
|Common name, Queen Ann's Lace|
|Similarly these Malvas?|
While we were uncertain about many names we looked through The Flowers of Greece by Maria Letizia Tani and Andrea Innocenti, and
, garden of the Gods, by
Jennifer Gay and came up with a few. However I will not name most of these pictures authoritively in case we have
identified them wrongly. Greece
|A Vetch, possibly Ebenus cretica?|
Maybe you will be able to recognize some of these plants?
And probably you can if you belong to the Mediterranean Garden Society!
|The blue of this unidentified flower was intense|