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Spring in Croatia

Ophrys bertolonii. This photograph by Alisdair Aird (AA) shows all the characteristics of the Bertoloni Bee Orchid: the purple sepals with three green veins, the velvety blackish-purple lip with a conspicuous shield-shaped dip (speculum) and a small greenish tip. (see Blamey*)

Orchis pauciflora. Inevitably the recent war which marked the dissolving of the state of Yugoslavia has left signs. Here a shell casing next to the little yellow orchid. Photograph Nikos Pavlidis (NP).

Campanula lingulata. “.. an impressive biennial making up for its lack of the usual campanula grace by its thrusting upright head of flowers.” (AA)

Tiny hillside terraces, originally planted with olive trees which were then replaced with lavender grown for its oil, now remain as a tribute to the patience and persistence of the former farmers of Hvar. (AA)

Erythronium dens-canis. The Dog’s-tooth Violet growing in between very low scrub on the dry limestone slopes of Mount Biokovo. (AA)

Narcissus poeticus. A perfect name for this lovely simple narcissus. Would it grow in my garden? (AA)

Plitvice Lakes. Grand waterfalls, short cascades and foaming cataracts all form part of the landscape of sixteen connected lakes. (NP)

Plitvice Lakes. “Bright green lizards with bright blue faces (Lacerta viridis) were here and there and as the frogs croaked noisily, Chris spotted a Dice Snake (Natrix tessellata) stalking them  through the reeds.” (NP)

*Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean by Marjorie Blamey and Christopher Grey-Wilson
2008 ISBN 0 7136 7015 0
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