|The large palms commonly planted along the Mediterranean|
coast are Phoenix canariensis, a relative of the date palm.
There had already been some rain a few weeks before we arrived, however, and that brought some interesting surprises. Some plants bloom early after those first rains, and others begin to put out their new leafy growth.
|Bougainvillea is popular in Greece, often grown|
in balcony tubs, as here in Mykonos.
|Dandelions survive between rocks on the Acropolis|
|The Parthenon, on the Acropolis in|
Athens, Greece, is being restored.
|A wild Crocus, probably C. boryi, blooms in early November, at the |
site of the original Olympic games in Olympia.
|A wild Cyclamen graecum blooms at the Olympia archaeological site/|
|A giant wild fennel stalk, Ferula communis, from last year|
remains among the ruins of the ancient city of Delphi. A
fresh leaf is sprouting at its base.
|Wild "English" ivy straggles over rocks at|
|A wild cucumber is blooming and setting fruit at the Delphi|
|The fabulous landscape of Meteora, home of half a dozen medieval monasteries, features smooth, deeply cut rocks covered with mosses and other herbs.|
|At St. Stephans Monastery, now occupied by Greek Orthodox nuns,|
begonias and chrysanthemums decorate a walkway.