It’s an amazing world we live in… how often have you thought about that lately? Not often? Perhaps you should.
Lately I have found myself running around a bit too much and realised that its been a while since I took Rex for a long walk through the village. Today I rectified that and although its very hot here… it was an uplifting experience. Its the middle of summer (almost), the light is very bright and the village looks a picture. It struck me as I walked through the narrow paths that there are so many beautiful images all around, quite apart from the views of Oia. It also struck me that you can’t help but gaze towards a particular plant at this time of year…wherever it may be growing.
Its bougainvillea… and in Oia, its everywhere. This sexy little climber from the South American tropics has certainly found its way to the Greek islands and in this small village it is almost symbolic. There is good reason for that of course… the colour contrast between the various varieties of bougainvillea and the mostly white-washed walls in Oia is spectacular. The effect of bougainvillea on a landscape can be stunning.
Whether it’s someone’s garden…
Or a small hotel like this. The contrast against white and blue seems completely natural and “right”.
It is used to add colour to our narrow lanes…
and even our clock tower.
Shops use bougainvillea….
so do our restaurants. Some of these are old, very well established plants, adding lots of colour and atmosphere.
Others use them in a very subtle, understated way to achieve sublime results !
There are no prerequisites to having a bougainvillea. You don’t need a spectacular villa or a great restaurant. You can just as easily have the good taste to grow one in front of your small island home.
It certainly makes plain white & blue look like dreamland…. don’t you think?
And so it was…walking around my little village, that I realised what an amazing world we live in, if only we take the time to look around us. A gorgeous South American now living and thriving in Greece, adding infinite beauty to the landscape every year.
Go for a long walk…clear your mind and look around you. I bet you’ll find plenty of beautiful things you haven’t noticed for a while ;-)