Monday, April 12, 2010

Greetings from Crete

I'm in Crete on vacation! I'm here researching new and exotic species of plants for the garden (read: drinking in tavernas at night, hiking in the mountains during the day) and have already seen some really cool wildflowers that I think would work well. But how do I get them home? Seems like seeds would be the best way, but so far no luck finding a place that sells seeds. Haven't given up!

The plant at left is a wild orchid of some sort. Then below we have an unidentified plant, perhaps some sort of gladiolus?  The other plants Crete could apparently not function without are:

a) Olive trees
b) Orange trees (the smell of orange blossom is so thick it's almost too much!)
c) Geraniums (Pelargoniums) which grow on every rooftop patio and street planter.

Crete is lovely. The weather is about 5+ degrees warmer here, the ancient buildings are cool, and  we are getting a lot of mileage out of calling things "Cretan" because we are twelve years old, apparently ;)

It's also off season here, so our hotel room costs €40 a night (that's $0.12 or something equally tiny). Yes - off season, time of miserable weather? Not! So take my advice and visit Crete in early May.

Lovely Emily has taken on a laundry list of tasks while I am away so if you see her in the garden working away give her a wave. When I get home I am going to obtain some of her DNA and have her cloned somehow. OK that's weird, but you know what I mean!

1 comment:

  1. Mother nature beat you to it Annie - Sabrina is my twin!

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