10 April 2011

Orchids in the British Cemetery

This morning my mother and I visited the British Cemetery in Corfu town. It's a few years since we've been there, and this is the time of the spring when the orchids are in flower - the cemetery is said to have a very fine collection of wild orchids. In fact, we were probably about a week early, as there were only a few varieties in bloom, but they are so lovely, and right underfoot. George, the keeper of the cemetery and the gardens, puts sticks next to the orchids to try to stop visitors from stepping on them.

As usual, the whole garden and cemetery is a peaceful haven in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Corfu town. The gardens are really beautiful, although looking a bit overgrown these days as George struggles to keep the beds tidy all on his own. He's not so young any more and could probably do with a bit of help - we were itching to pull up a few weeds!