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Married to the lovely Geoffrey, my soulmate. I have two fantastic big kids,both married, whom I love and miss every day I'm not with them, but I know they're living and loving their lives and we make up for time when we get together.I now have three granddaughters too...

Monday, 16 February 2009

Flowers In Bloom

As we have rather unsettled weather at the moment, I thought I would share some of the photograghs of the flowers that are in bloom here. Botanically Crete is very important.It has approximately 1800 species of plants, of which 200 of those are endemic.
Firstly, we have Mandrake, which has been known throughout history for it's medicinal and mythical properties. The root is shaped like a human being and the legend says if you pull it from the ground you may hear it scream. It is said to be one of the classic witchs' plants. It is a hallucinate.
These are Milky Orchid (Orchis Lactea). They are about 20cms. in height, quite common and very beautiful.
And here as far as the eye can see is Greek Chamomile. Truly a wonderful sight and perfume.
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11 comments:

Genie said...

Lovely flowers, would go well in my Jugs. Thanks for the comment glad i gave you a giggle.
have a fun week

Blu said...

Lovely flowers make me smile.

justin manas prince jaspher ligin said...

wonderful photos...

Karen said...

Beautiful pictures. The picture of the field of chamomile makes me want to just plunk down right in the middle of it and just BE.

Lynn said...

So pretty all of them, and I enjoyed the lessons about them as well, thanks.

Cynthia said...

What wonderful photos. I enchanted with Crete...I especially loved the field of chamomile flowers but the mandrake information was delightful. Thanks Jude...wish I could walk with you! <3

Cheryl said...

Just beautiful! And, you're so lucky to have the chamomile in bloom so early! I've had some spring flowers blooming...zumboulies(?!!)... don't know the english translation... for a few weeks now. They smell a lot like hyacinth. Also, my daffodils are ready to bloom! In our area the almond trees are blossoming-all of them except for mine. I love spring. Thanks for posting the beautiful pictures!

seashell cosmos said...

Whooaaaa, have a look at them. How beautiful and so interesting! Gosh, what can I say? Oh thank you for posting these! :)

xxx seashell

Gunnels blog said...

Mmmm beautiful flowers! I like your blog ! It was Jaackie on Dogdaisy who give me your link when I told her I was going to Creta a week in April! So I will read your blog and look at the wonderful images! I can see in yur bloglist that we are reading many same blogs :-)

Chris said...

Such beautiful flowers. Spring comes much earlier where you are. 4" of snow is forecast tonight.

bindu said...

Very beautiful. I've read about the Mandrake root in fairy stories as a kid, but this is the first time I'm seeing it in a picture. Thanks!