Saturday, June 8, 2013


Due to the long winter and unusually cold and rainy spring until the end of May as in large areas of Europe, the season is way behind and most flowers, fruits and cultures are very late this year. So, here is my first oleander bloom on my balcony! :)


syros2js said...

We have the same plant in our garden!!!
In Greece we call it "pikrodafni"
Kisses, my friend!!!

Nancy said...

so that's an oleander! One of my favourite books when I was little mentioned an oleander and it took on such magical qualities in my mind, it stuck in my memories ... anyway, it's beautiful! And to think you have in a pot on your balcony - do you have those famous green fingers? I don't, lol

Hilde said...

So pretty, Anna, and beautifully photographed :) I guess your balkony looks lovely in summertime!
Enjoy your weekend.
Hugs :)

Annuk said...

It's everywhere in Rhodes, Joanna! :)
And it reminds me of Greece! :)

Hi Nancy! :) I thought you might have them in Spain too... they are literally everywhere on the Greek islands! I love the flowers!

Thank you Hilde! :)
Have a lovely weekend! Hugs!

DIMI said...

Gia sou fili mou Annuk!!Wonderful pictures from a very preety flower!!We have the same plant here in Greece!!It's called pikrodafni!!!Hope you have a happy Sunday!!Filakia to you,Zoe and Lilli!!!

Annuk said...

Geia sou Dimi mou! :) One of the reasons why I love these flowers is that rhey remind me of Greece! They are everywhere in Rodos!!!
Have a lovely Sunday! Filakia!!!

Hanne Bente said...

Hello Anna.
Great pictures you show of a beautiful oleander.
BEWARE that your cat does not eat it, it is very toxic to cats.
Wish you a good Sunday in the Alps :) Hugs Hanne Bente

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

Beautiful--looks so much better than mine, which suffer from too much rain.

Funky Monkey said...

I love this plant! Here, in Greece, is very common and you can find it with pink or white flowers. We call it "pikrodafni".
Have a good week, my friend! Polla filakia!

Nancy said...

You're right about them being everywhere, it's just that I didnt know their name! :D There is not one street or hedge or park that does not have them, maybe they're really sturdy and don't need a lot of attention? Anyway, they're pretty and have a lovely scent! :)

Annuk said...

Thank you Hanne Bente! :)
I know, but Zoe isn't interested at all, she never eats any leaves from the plants, just her cat grass! :)

Dawn, my oleanders are sheltered from the rain (we had so much here too!), but they are very late this year...

Thank you Elli! :)
I love the "pikrodafni" and it reminds me so much of Greece! :))
Have a lovely week! Filakia polla!

Hehe Nancy, I thought so! :D I think they are very sturdy and easy, they thrive perfectly around the Mediterranean, here it's not their ideal habitat but still, they make it through the winter. I love their scent too!

Carolina Grönholm said...

So beautiful! We here in Sweden has however had a most warm and lovely may month - summer came early, finally! :)

Annuk said...

Thank you Carolina! :)
I know that Scandinavia has had a most warm und unusually summery May, good for you! :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Anna,
Enjoy your beautiful oleander. We got two double white ones here. They are so special!


Great pictures of a very beautifull flower!I love it!Have a lovely week!Kisses!

Annuk said...

Thank you dear Mariette!
I find oleanders so special too!
Hugs :)

Thank you Spyridoula! :)
Have a lovely week too! Filakia!

purpleleath said...

So beautiful!!!! Just like you described it to me!!!!

Annuk said...


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