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!
This beauty is not uncommon but is rather ‘picky’ where it lives – grows in profusion around the mountains and valleys of Okçular.
Wild peach is easy to distinguish from Almond blossom by the deeper pink of the petals.
Woodcock Orchids are incredibly ‘promiscuous’ and appear in many guises.
Monk’s Cowl is a member of the Arum family and a plant of shady, damper spots.
This beautiful shrub is a veritable ‘honey-pot’ of a plant, attracting many insects.
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!).
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.
. . and to finish, a simple, beautiful daisy.
Alan Fenn, Okçular Köyü