Symi's Second Spring

The first rains have fallen early this year and, combined with warm temperatures and a reasonable amount of daylight, have triggered the 'second spring' that is characteristic of the Mediterranean climate. Late season walkers will enjoy an usual sight as many plants are up a month earlier than usual.

Nasturtiums germinating in my Symi garden, days after the first rains.

Just add water - wildflower seeds starting to germinate on the terraces in the Pedi valley. It does not take much rain to start things growing again.

The first cyclamen, spotted in a sheltered corner of the Pedi valley. Note the snail on the right.


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I sailed into Panormitis Bay, Symi, by chance one windy July day in 1993 and have been here ever since. The locals tell me that this is one of the miracles of St Michael of Panormitis. A BA graduate with majors in English, Philosophy and Classical Civilisation, the idea of living in what is to all intents and purposes an archaeological site appeals to me. Not as small as Kastellorizo, not as touristy as Rhodes, Symi is just the right size. I live on a small holding which my husband and I have reclaimed from a ruin of over-grazing and neglect and turned into a small oasis over the course of the past 22 years. I also work part-time for Symi Visitor Accommodation, helping independent travellers discover and enjoy Symi's simple pleasures for themselves.

This page is kindly sponsored by Wendy Wilcox, Symi Visitor Accommodation.


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