While in Greece we saw lots of wildflowers starting to bloom (May should be incredible there), but the biggest variety was seen during our hike up to the castle ruin above Corinth (called Acrocorinth).They were literally growing out of the rocks. I kept lagging behind our group as I snapped pictures to share with all my Tuesday Garden Party buddies!
Many of the wildflowers we saw blooming were some of the same flowers we have in Oregon (and I’m sure other parts of the US, I’m just going with what I know!), like – clockwise from top left – pincushion flower, wild sweet pea, poppy, and lupine.
There was a ton of chamomile blooming and attracting lots of bees, though I’m not sure what kind these are. We saw bee hives on practically every other farm on the drive to Corinth, but these aren’t honey bees…are they? Maybe mason bees?
But there were many more that I don’t know the names of. The purple flowering plant growing in the rock is amazing and one we saw all over Greece growing in the most inhospitable places.
This unknown plant really intrigued me – the leaves were almost identical to lamb’s ears, but the bloom was nothing like the lamb’s ears in my garden.
Of course there are weeds in Greece, like everywhere, but look at this thistle’s leaves – they are veined with white. It’s hard to see in the harsh light (of the beautiful sun that I was completely enjoying, btw), but the veining really makes this stand out from the others. The blooms are similar to our thistles, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this.
The view when we reached the top of Acrocorinth was spectacular, of course, but I had as much fun looking at all the flowers as I did the view. Oh, and if you know any of the names of the unknown flowers, be sure to tell us in the comments!