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Walking In And Around Elounda
Walking In And Around Elounda
A Walk with the “Flowers of Crete”
Monday 9 of February 2009
A Walk with the “Flowers of Crete”
Julia Jones is the founder of the organization of “Flowers of Crete” and has a knowledge and enthusiasm for nearly everything growing on Crete but especially for Crete’s wild orchids. A friend of hers, Jane Sharp of Vrahasi, owns a piece of land up in the mountains around Vrahasi and the women discovered that the land is covered in wild orchids and other indigenous flowers. The task in hand was first to locate the orchids and then to mark them.
Monday 9th February
We were lucky: the weather stayed kind for us !
Christine

On Monday 9 of February, I was invited to join the group. Julie, Jane, Rosemarie, Pauline and I set out from Vrahasi to walk to the land. An hour's pleasant walking with a bit of scrambling at the end. Unfortunately, the heavens opened and we got soaked to the bones. We decided to go back and then it cleared up. So off again we went, this time by car – just in case. We were lucky: the weather stayed kind for us and we made our trek up the mountains. We had all the time to mark the orchids.
The Ladies Sitting In Jane's Coffee Bar, Vrahasi
The Ladies Start Their Walk
Time To Mark The Orchids
More Budding Orchids
At first it was not easy to recognise the orchid plants, as they are still tiny and only the leaves are out. However, once the eye knew what it was looking for we found orchids in abundance. Alas, nothing is in flowers yet, but the smell of oregano, sage and thyme are already filling the air.
The Hunt For The Orchid Continues
Beautiful Wild Flowers Carpet The Land
This particular piece of land must be especially ideal for orchids also for cyclamen, irises and herbs of all kinds. I hadn’t realised that the cyclamen is really quiet a common plant on Crete and when the flowers are out in three to 4 weeks time, the walk up the mountains will be spectacular and of course, when the orchids are out I will have to join them again!
The Ladies Sitting In Jane's Coffee Bar, Vrahasi
The Hunt For The Orchid Continues
Jane Sharps gives guided tours and Julia holds talks about the Flowers of Crete. If you are interested, please contact Julia on www.flowersofcrete.com and Jane on (0030)6945872472.