Sfakia report April 13th, Asfendou flowers Everything you want to ask, read or write about Sfakia, southwest Crete, or Crete island in general.

Jean
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Sfakia report April 13th, Asfendou flowers

by Jean » 14 Apr 2018, 09:27

In Asfendou, before you go down to the gorge footpath there are two main areas where you can find orchids and other flowers, although the clover and grass is a bit high this year, so you have to look carefully at first. The butterfly orchids were just starting to come out, but soon those fields will be full of their beautiful pink blossoms.

Orchis papilionacea.jpg


There are still many Orchis tridentata (or lactea – I’m never sure which) in bloom, some small pale Serapias with their tongues hanging out, and lots of Orchis sitiaca in various shades of purple.

Orchis tridentata.jpg
Orchis lactea or tridentata.jpg
Orchis sitiaca.jpg
Serapias.jpg


Of the non-orchid flowers out at the moment, there are tassle hyacinths, white star-shaped Ornithogalum dictaeum, and small bell-shaped Gagea greaca.

Muscari comosum tassle hyacynth.jpg
ornithogalum dictaeum.jpg
Gagea greaca.jpg


On the road down from Asfendou to Imbros (beware rocks in the road), we spotted a flock of red-tinted sheep seeking the shade of a tree. It was surprising how hazy the Lefka Ori appeared from up there, and we wondered if this was caused by Sahara dust high up in the air, since the sky was clearer lower down.

red sheep.jpg
hazedust over the Lefka Ori.jpg


Back down in Sfakia, we were relieved that there was a nice breeze, as opposed to the windless heat higher up. After a refreshing swim, we watched the grey herons land on the three rocks out to sea as we enjoyed our aperitifs at the Faros café.

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Re: Sfakia report April 13th, Asfendou flowers

by kiki » 15 Apr 2018, 12:36

Beautiful Pictures ! Do you think if those orchids and also some of the other flowers will bloom still in end of April/beginning of May?

Best regards Sabine

Jean
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Re: Sfakia report April 13th, Asfendou flowers

by Jean » 15 Apr 2018, 13:32

There may still be a few butterfly orchids left then, but I doubt if any of the others will still be blooming. However, if you go higher up into the mountains - for example, above Agios Ioannis or on the way to Pachnes, there should still be flowers out, although probably different kinds.

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Re: Sfakia report April 13th, Asfendou flowers

by kiki » 16 Apr 2018, 15:31

Thanks !

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Re: Sfakia report April 13th, Asfendou flowers

by Jean » 28 Apr 2018, 06:54

Yesterday (the 27th) we went back to Asfendou to look at the progress of the orchids, and there are now hundreds of butterfly orchids open, as well as lots of tassel hyacinths. But the clover, grass and thistles are high, so you have to wade through them to get close to most of the orchids, although some are near the road. We also found a lovely campanula.

The best patch is on the way to the gorge footpath, after the small white building, in the first unfenced field on the right, but there are also some on both sides of the white building.

butterfly orchids.jpg
butterfly orchid.jpg
tassle hyacinth.jpg
campanula.jpg

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