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“Come Into The Garden, Maud(lin) – tra-la-la!”

Toprakana - Mother Earth
Toprakana - Mother Earth

Good old ‘Toprakana’ (Mother Earth); she knows when to put on a show to cheer up her supporters. Faced with the destruction being wrought by Dalyan Belediye on one side of our house, she has raised the proverbial ‘two-fingered salute’ by scattering a small selection of her finest works on the bit of hillside we call our back garden.

Here’s a few of her offerings to ‘warm the cockles of your heart!’ No more being maudlin!

Funny sort of word, ‘maudlin’ – meaning sad and tearful it’s derived from old English from Mary Magdelene, sad and weeping at the tomb of Jesus. Magdelene College, Oxford is pronounced ‘Maudlin’ – not many people know that!



Giant Orchid – Himantoglossum robertianum (formerly Barlia robertiana)

This beauty is not uncommon but is rather ‘picky’ where it lives – grows in profusion around the mountains and valleys of Okçular.

Wild Peach - Prunus persicum

Wild peach is easy to distinguish from Almond blossom by the deeper pink of the petals.

Woodcock Orchid - Ophrys scolapax

Woodcock Orchids are incredibly ‘promiscuous’ and appear in many guises.

Friar's or Monk's Cowl - Arisarum vulgari

Monk’s Cowl is a member of the Arum family and a plant of shady, damper spots.

Laurustinus or Viburnum tinus

This beautiful shrub is a veritable ‘honey-pot’ of a plant, attracting many insects.

Liquid Amber or Frankincense Tree - Liquidamber orientalis

The Liquid Amber or Frankincense Tree is a remarkable tree with remarkable properties, to learn more, click the link. It is endemic to SW Turkey and grows around Okçular and my garden. This picture shows the two red, drooping female flowers and the fine, upstanding male in the middle (seems pretty normal to me!).

Fritillaria carica ssp carica

These delicate Fritillaria are a joy to see; together with F. acmopetala, F. sibthorpiana and F. whittalii they make the family that I know around here.

Fritillaria carica ssp carica

. . and to finish, a simple, beautiful daisy.

Southern Daisy - Bellis sylvestris

Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü

20 thoughts on ““Come Into The Garden, Maud(lin) – tra-la-la!”

    1. Hello again, Annie! Aren’t they beautiful? Would be great to have ‘smellypics’ for stuff like this.

  1. And soon, in the grand design of things, the quarry will be abandoned and Gaia will fill it with even more jewels like this for your delectation.

    Beautiful photography, Alan, as always x

    1. Spot on! . . and the sooner you calm, sensible, rational, loving womenfolk take over the better 😀

  2. So enjoyed your lovely pictures Alan. Cyprus too is blooming with similar abundance, everywhere is yellow at moment. We do have unfortunately now the emergence of the ‘Processionary Pine Caterpillar” which hatches from cocoons in the trees and then walks around innocently poisoning people and dogs unfortunately. We were only recently aware of how toxic these creatures were. However I am sure you can blog more about them? Good info at

    1. Hey! They were here before we and our pets were! Fascinating creatures – just want to be left alone to get on with their lives in the grand scheme of things!

    1. Moi? Heaven forbid! Anybody who can keep a fireman under control is to far too dangerous to upset! ;-D

  3. Thank goodness for the power of Toprakana – or should I say – the healing power she emits. She is working on me as well, although I don’t have those amazing botanical specimens in my backyard! Hang in there.

    1. thank you Stan, I know your site – there is always a difference between cultivated and wild/natural – all are beautiful, however.

  4. It is amazing how much beauty Mother Earth possesses. These are truly beautiful pictures; there is something that is so calming about nature. The vibrant colors of the flowers alongside the different species makes for an interesting botanical turn of sorts.

    1. Hello Robert and welcome to Archers – so pleased that you enjoyed the post. I’m always happy and grateful to receive feedback/comments.

  5. I love ground orchids. Have still to find where they grow here in California. But the wild flowers are coming out and it’s a great time of year.

    1. it is indeed Kathy! We are truly fortunate in our part of the world with more that 150 species in the country and 37 so far identified locally. welcome to Archers, by the way 🙂

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