iris … like a rainbow

Iris unguicularis ssp cretensis, a winter flower
The name of this plant comes from the rainbow. Such are the colours of this flower and is various species.
it’s a perennial aromatic and medicinal plant with large blue-violet flowers containing white and yellow patterns. Well we never imagined the extent of medicinal uses of this magical plant : antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-cancer properties as well as it can be used to combat allergies, to suppress post-menopausal symptoms and cardiovascular therapies. And the list go on…
It blooms in winter and continues in spring in the colder regions

kalamari?

Kalamari, extra terrestrials or… Amazing succulents!!!

thank you Greece Is

Oh Sweet Greece. So beautiful, so colorful, so blue and gold, so nurturing, so diverse, lovely, blessed, wild and sweet, so big though so small!

Thank you Greece Is. It’s an honor to be featured in your latest edition.
This Saturday – Sunday (13-14/01) in The New York Times International Edition – Kathimerini English Edition available throughout Greece.
Or visit www.greece-is.com … we are featured in page 77.

 

chimonanthus… winter sweet!

Guess what? This folk is called Chimonanthus. It’s a Greek word meaning the flower of winter.(χειμωνανθος) It’s also called winter sweet and the name says it all. In the winter landscape where you hardly see any flowers, this beautiful shrub blossoms and these very fragrant flowers appear. This is what the picture can’t tell. The amazing sweet fragrance around the plant that makes it a must for your patio. I took a look in my favourite source of information pfaf.org (plants for a future) to find out that the flowers are edible and perfect to flavour and scent our teas. But also there are a few medicinal uses such as antiphlogistic, antireumatic and sialagogue. Their essential oils are used to treat colds – how fitting with the nature of this plant to create flowers in the heart of winter. We could even use the flowers to make perfume. Winter Sweet!

vast sea of snow

Happy Christmas ❄️☃️
Good morning World! what a blessing. 2 days of endless snowing, no internet, no electricity, no phones just the soft sound of snowflakes creating a new reality.
Peace and love to all the creation.