Gerald Durrell's Corfu

julia feise
Fri, 04 Nov 2005 01:09:37 PST
I was interested to read a reference to cyclamen growing wild on Corfu as 
described in Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals.  This was the 
very passage that hooked me on the notion of living in Crete and made me 
(many years later) sell up and retire (joke) here.

Spurred on by the delightfully exotic and humorous books, I visited Greece - 
Corfu - first in the 1960s and was entranced to find a woodland dell full of 
Cyclamen persicum(?) - I didn't know one Cyclamen from the other in those 
days.  To add to the adventure, tortoises were rumaging amongst the leaves - 
very exciting for a girl brought up in Birmingham, England.

Now, all these years later I am still excited to find Cyclamen growing wild 
and particularly love Cyclamen creticum.


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