It doesn’t really matter where you go at this time of the year in Kefalonia ….. fields, roadsides, up in the National Park of Mount Aenos, up the sides of steep gorges, deserted tracks, olive groves, old villages …… wild flowers abound! Love in the mist, wild gladioli, orchids, aliums, roses, phlomis, sage, scabious; every day I see another flower I need to look up or otherwise recognise something I would normally see in my garden in England, growing wild here and flourishing. I hate to say this – but here, even the thistles present a picture, covering our valley in rich purple and green. I haven’t begun on the poppies and the daisies. Different varieties of these make the most wonderful carpets of colour.
Even in the wild bits of our garden here at The Walnut Tree, more and more varieties of wildflowers are creeping in – encouraged by me but they just come on in anyway. The alpine viola below is a treasure of the Kefalonia mountain sides and only found here in this island.