APRIL 2008 | APRIL 2007

As usual April has been a very busy month here, with not enough time to get out into the countryside for photography. However, on the days we did get out, we were rewarded with some wonderful weather and equally wonderful flowers. We had intended to travel further afield this month, but we were kept very busy with flowers in Lassithi. A high spot of the month was a trip to Kew with John Fielding and Gareth Stanfield, where I was shown the new Alpine House and the alpine flowers of Crete in a London suburb. My photos of Cyclamen creticum and Paeonii clusii in their exalted surroundings can be seen at the end of the April calendar.

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Compositae seed head - Dandelion clock

Tragopogan sinuatus - Seed Head - the large puffball clocks of the Tragopogan are easily recognised and beautiful to photograph. See March calendar for an image of the dramatic flower that precedes this equally dramatic seed head.

Anthemis rigida - A very small spreading plant, which was photographed high on a ridge above Lassithi plateau. There was a high wind on the day we were up on this ridge, but the Anthemis obligingly stood very still for the photo!

Satureja nana - a tiny little annual, which has very small flowers and can be easily missed. It grows to a height of around 2 cms.

Onosma graecum - A very hairy plant with bronze coloured buds, which turn a vivid yellow, once they have opened.

Valerianella sp - Identification was kindly supplied by Dr Gerhard Pils.

Orobanche pubescens - Such a pretty plant found hiding under a carob tree on large Spinalonga (Nisa). Orobanche are parasites and grow on the roots of other species.

Centranthus calcitrapae - Not fully in flower, the name of this species refers to the Roman weapon 'calcitrapa' – 'a foot trap' that was used to hinder cavalry and infantry. A calcitrapa consisted of a wheel with four spikes, one of which would always project upwards, piercing horses hooves if ridden over.

Phlomis lanata - this Phlomis is endemic to Crete. It is found in stony places, shrubland and forest clearings. The flowers are small (around 2 cms).
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