Abruzzo Flower Power – Naked Man & Lady Orchids Uncovered

Naked Man (Orchis Italica)

Abruzzo’s flower power is extraordinary; wandering in Abruzzo becomes a voyage of botanical discovery.  Throughout Spring you can uncover Naked Men (Orchis Italica)  and go gaga over the ampled thigh Lady Orchids (aka Ochis Purpurea) plus a whole host of other wildflowers that I can’t yet begin to put a name to.  That naming problem is common here with no all-encompassing flower books that I can find, thank goodness for Flickr & Facebook.

Lady Orchid

Walking in Abruzzo in early Spring, whether hiking in the valleys or pathfinding in the Apennine highlands, one thing is guaranteed, the fragrance of “un mille fiori”!   The high & low notes of nature’s perfume can almost cause neck ache as you look around desperately trying to identify from what bloom or blossom each diaphanous scent comes from.

Whether staying in the Majella or Corno Grande mountains in Spring expect to see that hibernational coat of bright white snow dusting those grey stone forms transform into a seemingly unending wave of colour. Meadows as well as farmers’ fields become a wildflower rainbow festa, enchanting you with an array of silky petals whose shapes & textures leave you gasping as you become almost a rather ungainly human honeybee.

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Sam Dunham
Author: Sam Dunham

Sam is a very lucky midlife 'mamma' to A who is 11 and juggles her work as a self-employed freelance travel and food web content manager and copywriter and EFL teacher - she is the founder of English in the Woods. She is the co-founder of the social enterprises: The Abruzzo Blogger Community and Let's Blog Abruzzo. She is currently writing the book 'Abruzzo: Folk and Food.

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