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Crete - flowers and butterflies


A visit to Crete last week was memorable – we have never visited in the autumn before – so we had never seen the autumn bulbs before – we stayed about 18k from Chania – so quiet and peaceful and we walked pretty much all day – every day – the big one was the Imbros Gorge – we have walked it a good few years back including the Samaria Gorge – but that was then and this is now – however we came through it unscathed!!

Here are a few pics

The beaches stretched forever

The swallow tail butterflies were so beautiful – this one was on a Viburnum I think

this one was overcome by the bougainvillea – what a gorgeous pink who could blame him !

I had downloaded walks from the internet before we went
and they were really accurate – this one took us through these ancient olive groves

Absolutely essential in a Greek Salad a favouite of mine

This the monastery at Kolimbari at the foot of the Rodopos peninsula – we walked to Alfrato about 5 km on and the pictures following are a few of the bulbs that we saw -

Not sure which variety they were – no labels!!

These little bulbs were surviving against all odds – herds of goats were grazing the area – perhaps they are not palatable to goats

I am not sure what these were only that they were crocus – they were on the roadside and stretched a fair way – well established

Pomegranites – spelling ?

This is a pic for all you shed lovers out there – this one was on top of the house roof – space well utilised you might say !!


we would return – this week I am planting up the window boxes – and front pots – splitting my sieboldii primulas and drenching my flamboyant begonias for vine weevil this week – planting bulbs – tidying borders the list goes on – have a good week – Jane

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Jane lovely photos wish I could have seen them.
The cyclamen are Hederifolium, the Crocus are Sternbergia Lutea most likely.

28 Oct, 2015


Brian I thought of you when I saw them - they were amazing I could have sat down and cried they were so beautiful - Crete has moved on since we were last there - new roads -tarmac and little care for the flora and fauna or so it would seem - but amidst it all - and against all odds - there they were standing proud - in their natural environment - a cloud of colour - Jane

28 Oct, 2015


Worth going all that way just to see them!

28 Oct, 2015


It looks really lovely Jane and so peaceful, the monastery on the hill with the cart at the bottom reminded me of a scene from the Spaghetti Westerns of many years ago, I like the little harbours but not sure about the siting of the shed, don't fancy carrying my tools up there, lol, thankyou for sharing...

29 Oct, 2015


Thankyou for your comments - Steragram and Linclass - I have not blogged for a while - family issues seem to have taken over - I am planting bulbs today and we have picked the apples in the allotment - Jane

29 Oct, 2015


Yes it happens to all of us on occasion Jane, I am not blogging much at the moment as I am awaiting cataract op, cannot stay on here much as the words all blend in together after a while, bit like my garden this year, everything is blending well but at least its hiding the weeds.LOL..

29 Oct, 2015


Sorry to hear that Lincs - never rains but it pours. I hope you don't have too long to wait.
Jane I forgot to mention the fantastic butterfly -great shot!
WSe don't get the chance to see those in this country.

29 Oct, 2015


Lincslass - I seem to have a permanent war with the weeds - you know you pull one up and turn around and another one pops up !! - Steragram - those swallow tails were everywhere - they were so graceful - there were others too - a large blue - a sort of red admiral only more orange than red - and a large yellow - and lots of white ones like our woodland white - best wishes to you both - Jane

29 Oct, 2015


Lovely fantastic, the old olive trees are !

3 Nov, 2015

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