Spring Comes Early On Zakynthos
Back along I shared a photo post of our walk around Lagadakia in February. It was a very pretty walk with plenty of wildflowers en route. Having taken and shared more than enough photos from our walk in that post I thought the wildflowers of Zakynthos deserved a whole post of their own.The spring flowers on Zakynthos start blooming early #Zante #Zakynthos Click To Tweet
Having a memory like a sieve I am hopeless at retaining the names of the wildflowers we see on our walks. Apart from the very common ones like chamomile. I am able to recognise orchids, but can rarely recall the variety off the top of my head. I’d like to say it was an age thing, but if the truth be told I’ve always been hopeless at recalling things under pressure!
You too can see the wildflowers on Zakynthos – through my lens, of course!…
Wildflowers On Zakynthos
The thistle is a very underrated wildflower, don’t you think? Dead dried thistles look as attractive as young green ones.
Chamomile or daisy? Looking at the leaves this is definitely a type of chamomile. Greeks do like their herbal teas, chamomile included. I have to admit that whilst I do enjoy the scent, I really don’t enjoy the tea. Do you?
I do believe this pretty yellow flower is a type of gorse. It grows in such abundance in springtime it adds a yellowness to the scenery.
This pretty purple anemone grows in abundance in spring on Zakynthos. Adding an attractive spotting of purple among the daisies.
Asphodels are not the daintiest of the spring flowers we see on Zakynthos. The flowers grow on a wand that stands proud at a height of a couple of feet or more. This one was coming to the end of its blooming cycle.
Walking around the olive groves and hills of Zakynthos, it’s not unusual to come across a random almond tree or wild pear tree covered in blossom. Natures confetti on a windy day.
Almond blossom is the palest of pinks in colour.
Orchids Growing WildDid you know that there are hundreds of different types of orchids and many growing wild in Greece? Click To Tweet
There are hundreds of different types of orchids in the world and many of those can be found in Greece., I love the fact that these unique and often odd-looking flowers are protected by Greek law and picking them is strictly prohibited.
The giant orchid or barilla robertina (I had to look that up) is not one of the prettiest orchids found on Zakynthos. Past it’s prime you wouldn’t give it a second glance.
The bee orchid is one of my favourites that we see here. They appear to have their own little personalities, sometimes looking like a gummy bear and at other times they can look like a crazy chicken (like this one)… Or is that my imagination working overtime?
Are there any wildflowers you recognise? Are any common where you live?
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