Greek hedges and trees

I was recently in Kefalonia for a week’s holiday. Inevitably a few of my holiday pictures ended up being of hedges and trees, so here are a few thoughts, based on entirely unscientific observations of the immediate area I was staying in (near Argostoli).

The range of trees in Greece is pretty spectacular, with lots of the obvious species like lemon, fig and olive: here’s one of each of those.

(There were plenty of big fig trees, but this one amused me because it was just growing in a crack in the pavement).

When it comes to hedges. the Greek climate mostly doesn’t encourage a dense British-style hedge, so you get two main types of hedge. Firstly you get slightly flimsy flowering hedges like these ones:

This shrub is quite common in the flimsy style of hedge (not sure what it is called)

Secondly you get denser, low hedges, more like an ornamental border. For instance this one at the airport, complete with “Keep of the grass” sign (sic).

And this one, which amuses me because of the symmetry of the hedges containing a garden with nothing in it. (I suspect the British owners of these apartments can be blamed for the slightly neurotic design of this):

Finally, there were plenty of trees I couldn’t identify. I’m not sure whether this triffid is technically a tree or not, but it is definitely pretty weird and a bit scary. It was growing almost horizontally out of the roadside bank, which was also full of strange little cacti:

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