Category Archives: Growing here

Νυχτα λουλουδι – a fascinating flower

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Νύχτα λουλούδι – Night flower
Τα δειλινά – the sunset

Mirabilis jalapa, the 4 o`clock flower

This flower fascinates me so much every year.
Yesterday walking in town and a bit outside
I saw a lot of them, just have a look;


This is what I found on the net;

Mirabilis jalapa, the marvel of Peruor four o’clock flower, is the most commonly grown ornamental species of Mirabilis plant, and is available in a range of colours. Mirabilis in Latin means wonderful and Jalapa is the capital of Veracruz. Mirabilis jalapa was cultivated by the Aztecs for medicinal and ornamental purposes. It is also said to have been exported from the Peruvian Andes in 1540 A.D.”

Family Caryopylallis & Genus Mirabilis

– from

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Their mix of colors are amazing!

Wikidedia again; “The flowers are used in food coloring.
The leaves may be eaten cooked as well, but only as an emergency food.
An edible crimson dye is obtained from the flowers to colour cakes and jellies.
In herbal medicine, parts of the plant may be used as a diuretic, purgative, and for vulnerary (wound healing) purposes. The root is believed an aphrodisiac as well as diuretic and purgative. It is used in the treatment of dropsy.
The leaves are used to reduce inflammation. A decoction of them (mashing and boiling) is used to treat abscesses. Leaf juice may be used to treat wounds.
Powdered, the seed of some varieties is used as a cosmetic and a dye.

The seeds are considered poisonous.”

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So you may easily take seeds, but the plant need many hours
of sun every day to survive. Here in Greece they
may really be a big problem because their seed
spreads every where.
But still I have not made them grow in my garden,
maybe not enough sun!!!

You may read a lot about them and how to grow them on

Hope this inspired you?

Some Norwegian;
“Gi meg et smil mens jeg lever, kom mot meg forstående mild.
Når jeg er blitt senket i graven da trenger jeg ikke ditt smil.”
– dette er litt av en dansk skillingvise, – herlig, spør du meg!
Translated to something like this;
“Give me a smile while I am alive, come to me mildly.
When I’m lowered into the grave, I do not need your smile.”

All the best from Skopelos
and have a lovely weekend!

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Panormos & more


I also love Panormos, specially out of high season!
It is always quiet and beautiful
when I go there ;o)

Tina V. (alias LR) Panormos waits for you!!!

It is a lovely feeling when they open in Panormos,
lunch on the beach, could it be better?

Over to the town side of our lovely island;

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I will go for a small trip to the mainland now before our Easter!
I will try to post from my iPad, but it is not as easy as on this,
my big HP!

IMG_1354cPasxa will stay with good English/Scottish friends in Kambos,
– they used to have lots of dogs, but at the moment none.
Pasxa will be spoiled!

All ca 20 cats will be fed at home, no problem when one has friends!

My flowers will also be looked after, thanks!

Hope you are having a good time too!


Poppy, Wisteria, snakes & a moth

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— on a gray day!

I love spring, I love flowers, I love Skopelos

What is my favorite flower?
Difficult to answer …
A Blue iris, my Caribbean rose or a Skopelos wild flower?
But there are nothing like the POPPY
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and when I found a whole field of them just around the corner, it was amazing!

In Mortero, one of my favorite places on the island,
you know to the right, just before/behind Panormos,
I shot this yesterday;

But there is always a s…. in the paradise;

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What is this? It was big, more than one meter long,
it moved very slow over the road.
I got the answer from Liz and Brian Ridout,
who are categorizing incest and more her.
They have published two books about the wildlife here.
Here is the mail I got after sending them the snake photo;

“Brian is very jealous. It looks like a typical four lined snake which isn’t supposed to be hear – only the blotched four lined snake. Anyway it grows to 2.5m and eats rats!! A lovely find – thank you for telling us and the pictures.

Thanks a lot!
An autumn some years ago I shot this snake;

Liz and Brian told me it was a leopard snake, and also that is not supposed to be here;


“We saw a small live snake today,
about 35 cm long, thin like a pencil and very “slow”
– it was not sunny and warm.
Think it is a;
“hus-slange” –

The leopard snake is a beautiful indigenous reptile that lives
in vegetated areas and sometimes visits gardens.

In Maltese, the leopard snake is known as lifgħa. It can grow up to one metre in length and hunts small animals such as young birds, reptiles, frogs, mice and even small snakes. But it is not poisonous.

In the Acts of the Apostles, it is written that Paul of Tarsus was shipwrecked in what we believe are the Maltese islands in AD60 and that while he was warming himself near a fire he was bitten by a viper but he did not die.
This gave rise to the belief that, as a result of this,
all snakes in Malta lost their poison.”

So when in Skopelos, do not worry about snakes,
only one is poisonous, the viper, and I have never heard of anybody being bitten,
and Brian said he never saw one alive, – and he looks out for wildlife all the time.

Talking about leopards;
Also this not common in Skopelos!

Have a wonderful weekend!



Skopelos blossom now

One of the most beautiful of the wild flowers, I think,
is the POPPY or Papaver.
This one I shot in the wild, but as fare as I have seen on the net,
it is an opium poppy!!! Or not?
There are about 100 different poppies,
they can be red, yellow, orange or white,
but here we have most red ones.
I love them!

That was all the Easter-colored,
here are the rest;

I wonder how many different plants we have here?
Anyway here are a few more;

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I was once told by an old man that the Greek name is Kotsika, but Google says

Ιούδας δέντρο – but I think κουτσουπιά  is more correct

“Judas Tree is a common name for a flowering tree,
Cercis siliquastrum from which Judas Iscariot
is reputed to have hanged himself.”

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A olive grove full of anemones, what a sight!
μια ανεμώνη – one anemone
πολλές ανεμώνες – many anemones


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“Opuntia is a genus in the cactus family, Cactaceae.

The most common culinary species is the Indian fig opuntia (O. ficus-indica). Most culinary uses of the term “prickly pear” refer to this species. Prickly pears are also known as tuna (fruit), sabra, nopal (paddle, plural nopales) from the Nahuatl word nōpalli for the pads, or nostle, from the Nahuatl word nōchtli for the fruit; or paddle cactus.

The genus is named for the Ancient Greek city of Opus, where, according to Theophrastus, an edible plant grew which could be propagated by rooting its leaves.

Hope you are having a good Easter,
I am looking forward to the Greek Easter!

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Beautiful & Dangerous

I have seen this beauty some few places here
– I did not know that it is very toxic!

Cut from Wikipedia; “With regard to human and animal (pet and livestock) toxicity, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) staff scientists note that  all parts of common pokeweed are toxic… Roots are the most poisonous, leaves and stems are intermediate in toxicity (toxicity increases with maturity), and berries are the least toxic.”


Smilax -Greenbriar

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Mediterranean Smilax aspera –
I think!

I have seen and photographed this remarkable plant
many times, but did not know the name.
Have looked it up before, today I found it.
Wikipedia says;
“Greenbriers get their scientific name from the Greek myth of Crocus and the nymph Smilax.[5] Though this myth has numerous forms, it always centers around the unfulfilled and tragic love of a mortal man who is turned into a flower, and a woodland nymph who is transformed into a brambly vine.”

I love Greek myths!
One of them is Mythos;

15021 kms of mythical coastline.
6000 mythical islands and islets.
2884 hours/year of mythical sunshine.
1 Mythical Beer.”

“Stine Ja Mas, vre Pedia!”