Green Shoots in Symi's Second Spring

It is raining again on Symi and all over Greece the winter growing season is now well underway.  October is like a second spring as rain combines with moderate temperatures and revives the island's flora and gardens from their summer dormancy.  October might not be a good month for beach goers but it is certainly an interesting one for botanists.


Scrubby oregano bushes turning from dusty bundles of twigs to soft green leaves.



A vivid display of bougainvillea in the lanes of Chorio.


The early rain is fattening the olives and these will soon be ready for picking.


Lupins punching their way up through the sun-baked earth.


The first cyclamen leaves. These will only flower after the winter solstice and remain in bloom until April.


And the first leaves of the little monks' cowl orchids

Kojak –   – (Monday, October 17, 2011)  

Amazing how quickly plants spring up. I remember a heavy thunderstorm in August back in the 1980s. The next day the hillsides around Pedi were visibly green.

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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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