Spring arrived in a hurry this year. Just as Kea was unusually cold for weeks in March, it suddenly turned very warm for a few days; then cooled again, to a British-like pleasant spring weather.
But not everybody enjoys these glorious days, especially the Greeks that celebrated May 1st on the island and expected to go to the beach (!) But the plants and flowers thrive now, before the sizzling sun dries everything…
Our pink Cistus parviflorus is in full bloom, and the Lomelosia cretica (above) is following along.
As our neighbor’s goats observe, Costas whacks the dried greens very carefully, among the fragrant thyme and savory bushes, and the vivid yellow blossoming phlomis.
Flowering plants are not many in our property, we only spotted four wild orchids under the olive trees this year. They seem as if they are speeding up their pace to catch up, blooming as fast as they can among the already yellowing greens.
We harvested the last tender edible winter greens and some fava beans, of which we still have plenty to last for a couple more weeks.
The many green almonds promise an abundant crop, and the quince tree is spectacular in its large pink-white flowers.
Our unusually plush rose bushes will flourish soon, and we are also looking and waiting for the budding wisteria to bloom. We had the first flowers around Greek Easter, Sunday April 24.