Garden photography

Basil Flowers/λουλούδια βασιλικού

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The ‘basil’ plant from the Greek βασιλικόν φυτόν (basilikón phutón) and from Latin, basilius, means “royal/kingly plant”.

It is a plant that is used in many cuisines all over the world.  It plays a big role in many religions and ceremonies for the dead in different culutres. In the Greek Orthodox religion, and other Orthodox churches in the Balkins, basil is used to sprinkle holy water to cleanse a home. In India it is place in the mouth to help the deceased person reach God. The ancient Egyptians and Greeks believed it would open the gates of heaven for a person passing on.

When the plant flowers you can collect the seeds and plant them in the spring.

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Pomegranate Harvest/Συγκομιδή του Ροδιού

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It’s October which means it’s time for some pomegranate picking. This delicious fruit originated in Iran and Northern India and has been cultivated in Greece since ancient times. It is a fruit that is very significant in Greek culture and mythology. In ancient Greece the fruit was called  the ‘fruit of the dead’. It is the fruit of Persephone, who was trapped in the underworld was only allowed to eat Pomegranate seeds.  Interesting enough the pomegranate is still associated with the dead. In Greece today the seeds are  included in a dish called ‘Kolliva’. This dish is served on the day of the memorials of the deceased or on religious events like ‘Soul Saturday.’ It contains ingredients such as wheat, flour, sugar, raisins, walnuts etc.

The pomegranate fruit is also symbolic of abundance, fertility and good luck. It is categorized as a berry and it has anti-inflammatory effects, it can lower blood pressure and many other ailments. You can drink it as a juice or just eat the seeds.

Echeverias/Εχεβέρια

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The echeveria succulent is native to Mexico and Central America. It flourishes in dry Mediterranean climates. It’s is so easy to propagate too. You just take off a leaf and place it in the soil without watering it, and after a few days roots begin to form. I have so many in my garden now. No need to buy more.

Το φυτό εχεβέρια  είναι εγγενής στη Μεξικό και την Κεντρική Αμερική. Ευδοκιμεί στα ξηρά μεσογειακά κλίματα. Είναι τόσο εύκολο να διαδοθεί. Απλά βγάζετε ένα φύλλο και το τοποθετείτε στο έδαφος χωρίς πότισμα και μετά από λίγες μέρες αρχίζουν να σχηματίζονται ρίζες. Έχω τόσους πολλούς στον κήπο μου τώρα.  Δεν χρειάζεται να αγοράσω περισσότερα.

Secret Garden/Μυστικός Κήπος

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It’s nice to see some greenery in a concrete jungle like Athens. It’s a little piece of paradise. I don’t have to go outside the city to feel close to nature. It’s a lot o f work to maintain it, but it’s worth it. And there’s my big, fat cat Angelo chilling on the grass which he loves to eat.

Είναι ωραίο να βλέπεις πράσινο σε μια  ζούγκλα απο τσιμέντο όπως η Αθήνα. Είναι ένα μικρό κομμάτι του παραδείσου. Δεν χρειάζεται να πάω έξω από την πόλη για να νιώθω οτι είμαι κοντά στη φύση. Χρειάζεται πολλή δουλειά για να το διατηρήσετε, αλλά αξίζει τον κόπο.   Και να τος! Ο μεγαλος, χοντρος γατος μου Ο Αγγελος που χαλαρώνει στο γρασίδι που του αρεσει να τρωωει.           

Pumpkin Flower

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A photo of a pumpkin flower from the garden. I love the texture of the flower. Pumpkin season is coming soon. Since nothing should go to waste, some Greeks like to fry the flower in a frying pan and stuff it with feta cheese. I haven’t tried it but it should be good.

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*Update: In a large bowl add flour, water and pieces of feta cheese. With a spoon fill the pumpkin flowers and place each flower in a deep-frying pan. Take out when they are brown and crispy. I tried them today and they are delicious! Serve as an appetizer.

Seeing Red/Kόκκινο Παντού

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Red, the colour symbolic of passion, love…and anger.

How is that? How can it be both?

“When anger rises, think of the consequences”. Confucius

Κόκκινο, το χρώμα συμβολικό του πάθους, της αγάπης … και του θυμού.

Πώς είναι αυτό? Πώς μπορεί να είναι και τα δύο;

«Όταν ο θυμός ανεβαίνει, σκεφτείτε τις συνέπειες». Κομφούκιος

Sunflower/Ηλίανθος

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Beautiful sunflowers planted from seed in my garden. It’s best to grow them from seed than to buy them from a flower shop, as they will last longer in your garden.

Όμορφα ηλιοτρόπια φυτευμένα από σπόρους στον κήπο μου. Είναι καλύτερο να τα καλλιεργείτε από σπόρους από το να τα αγοράζετε από ανθοπωλείο, καθώς θα διαρκούν περισσότερο στον κήπο σας.

May Day!/Πρωτoμαγια!

‘Happy first day of the month!’ or ‘Kalo Mina!’ as we say here in Greece.

On this day in Greece, we like to make wreaths. It’s a national holiday and no one works. In northern Europe people dance around poles and they wear wreaths of flowers on their heads.

I got my plants and I am ready to do so some gardening. I not only a cat lady, but a plant lady too 😉