Easter poppies in Greece

Handmade poppies out of felt, Zagori, Greece

Flamboyantly splattered on the fields, paparounes (παπαρούνες), the Greek name of red poppies, are evocative of traditional red Easter eggs and a precursor of Greek Orthodox Easter. Poppies dominate the reborn nature during Easter in the Zagori region in the mountains of Pindus. Handmade…

Wildflower photos

Wild flowers of Pindos Mt. range in Greece

Greece constitutes the lower edge of the Balkan Peninsula and is characterized both by its mountainous relief and its multitude of islands. Its modern form evolved over the last 10 million years with the sinking of some parts of Aegaeis and the uplifting of others…

Wild flowers of Pindus

Wild flowers in Pindos National Park and Vikos-Aoos

Greece has a rich flora comprising of almost 6,000 different species due to its  terrain which includes a multitude of high mountains and hundreds of kilometres of coastline. Considering the fact that it covers an area of only 132,000 square kilometers, the density and…

Crocus (saffron)

Crocus is a genus in the family Iridaceae. Saffron Crocus grows to 20–30 cm (8–12 in) and bears up to four flowers, each with three vivid crimson stigmas, which are the distal end of a carpel. Together with the styles, or stalks that connect the stigmas to their host plant, the dried stigmas are used mainly in various cuisines as a seasoning and colouring agent. Saffron, long among the world's most costly spices by weight, is native to the Zagori region of Northwestern Greece. The Pindus Mt. slopes turn purple in fall when the flower blooms.

Greek: κρόκος Crocus is a genus in the family Iridaceae. Saffron Crocus bears up to four flowers, each with three vivid crimson stigmas, which are the distal end of a carpel. Together with the styles, or stalks that connect the stigmas to their host plant,…