SKopelos

Life in motion in the garden of 39Steps

By Sofia, Jun 28 2020 11:51AM

Hooray! Four of the self-seeded plants of the Jackman's Rue Blue in my garden survive and thrive! (see previous blog here)


One of them has been planted in its permanent place and does well in a grouping of wild sage, common myrtle and other forna situated at the side of 39steps' stone garden room overlooking the main guest entrance. The grubs of the common swallowtail butterfly are already happily busy defoliating the plant. (and good luck to them!).


The initial transplanting of the five seedlings went smoothly and I enjoyed the mornings when I 'visited' to check the progress of growth. However one morning the sight shocked me: I hadn't counted on a slug onslaught! Most upsetting!


I refused to abandon the defiled seedlings and have continued their care, but was adamant to firmly reinstate Rue Blue in my garden. So I foraged the wilds of Skopelos for the endemic variety, eventually finding a whole sunny bank!


Ruta is somewhat revered and is kept by Skopelos households to symbolize purification and health. I now have two types of this purifying flora to enjoy and for the herb to watch over the endemic plant groupings in the yard. It also appears popular for the flashy swallowtail butterflies to continue to lay their eggs on and for their larvae to denude the plant in which they camouflage to save themselves from the observant eyes of the birds nesting in the area of 39steps!


In general, I find it pleasing to have the spirit of this herb to watch over the household and its inhabitants in these days of strange events!




Groupings of endemic flora in 39Steps' garden
Groupings of endemic flora in 39Steps' garden
The self-seeded seedlings survive!
The self-seeded seedlings survive!
Two varieties of Ruta - the spiky sort is wild
Two varieties of Ruta - the spiky sort is wild
Wild sage and newly-planted Jackmans Rue love being in the same grouping
Wild sage and newly-planted Jackmans Rue love being in the same grouping
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I'm Sofia, 39 Steps' owner and host. This is an occasional blog to keep in touch with my regular guests, give a taste of Skopeliti life and share my experiences of foraging through the summer season

 

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