Friday, 18 April 2014

Wild Garlic - Allium Ursinum

Also known as Ramsoms, Buckrams, Broad-leaved Garlic, Wood Garlic, Bear Leek or Bears Garlic.  This plant is a relative of chives native to Europe and Asia.  It flowers in the spring and fills the air with the aroma of garlic. This plant was one of many growing in a raised bed that runs along the path at our local beach here in Turkey.

European Searocket - Cakile Maritima

This delicate plant growing on the our local beach, here in Turkey, is the Searocket.  It is an annual, succulent plant with flowers of four petals typically pale mauve to white.  It is widespread around Europe and in recent years has been introduced to many other parts of the world.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Painted Lady - Vanessa Cardui

The Painted Butterfly or Cosmopolitan, is the most widespread of all butterflies, found everywhere except Antarctica and South America.  These were spotted flying around the wild flowers growing on our local beach here in Turkey.

Friday, 4 April 2014

White Tailed Bumble Bee - Bombus Lucorum

These Bumble Bees are widespread and common throughout Europe.  As well as their white bum, which unfortunately you cannot see on this picture, they have a broad band of yellow just behind their heads and then a second one lower down on their bodies.  This Bumble Bee is sitting on a carpet of Purple Ice Plant flowers.

Aeonium - Tree Houseleek

This beautiful plant belongs to a friend of ours here in Turkey.  It is a succulent, subtropical plant, native to the Canary Islands.  Its name comes from the ancient Greek 'aionos' meaning ageless.

Grevillea Rosmarinifolia - Rosemary Grevillea

This small to medium shrub is native to New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.  It's leaves resemble Rosemary and it produces clusters or red or pink flowers from Winter to Spring.  The flowers are rich in nectar and so are very popular with all the pollen collecting insects and birds. This one is growing in our friends garden here in Turkey.

Rock Rose - Cistaceae

The beautiful, delicate flower of the Rock Rose - Cistaceae, small flowering shrubs,  Mostly found in the temperate areas of Europe and the Mediterranean basin, North America and a few species in South America.