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12 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN CORFU: SMELL THE FLOWERS

12 THINGS YOU CAN DO IN CORFU: SMELL THE FLOWERS

Corfu is also called the Garden Isle of the Mediterranean and in the months of spring it is the most obvious why. A flower lover’s paradise carpets the entire island. From private gardens to road side shrubs, the plants and flowers to marvel at are infinite. “They […]

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THE TREE PROJECT GROWS EVEN MORE ALIVE

THE TREE PROJECT GROWS EVEN MORE ALIVE

The Delfinia Hotels Tree Project became a reality yesterday! After planting seeds for the project during the winter months it offered us a great sense of pleasure and satisfaction to see the very early fruits of our work come to life. The Delfinia Hotels’ Tree Project wishes […]

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SURELY A DIONYSIAN TEMPTATION?

SURELY A DIONYSIAN TEMPTATION?

FICUS – ΣΥΚΙΑ – FIG TREE The fig tree is sacred to the Greek God Dionysus. A lover of wine and all other carnal pleasures, Dionysos, is also creator of theatre, patron to agriculture whilst maintaining peaceful living. He was also known as the Liberator (Eleutherios), freeing one […]

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EUCALYPTUS: WATER GUZZLING ALIENS OR HOME FOR CUTE KOALAS?

EUCALYPTUS: WATER GUZZLING ALIENS OR HOME FOR CUTE KOALAS?

EUCALYPTUS OBLIQUA – ΕΥΚΑΛΥΠΤΟΣ – EUCAPLYPTUS Eucalyptus or gum tree is most commonly associated with Australia, koala bears and horrific blazing hot bush fires. To put the record straight there are more than 700 species of eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia. Only fifteen species occur outside Australia, […]

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LOVE IS IN THE TILIA?

LOVE IS IN THE TILIA?

TILIA – ΤΙΛΙΟ – LINDEN Trees are valued for the beauty of their form and foliage and sometimes flowers and fruits. In hot climates like Corfu Island in the summer months, trees have the added importance of shade. During your summer stay at Delfinia Hotels look for […]

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MULBERRY POLLEN LAUNCHED AT THE SPEED OF SOUND

MULBERRY POLLEN LAUNCHED AT THE SPEED OF SOUND

MORUS – ΜΟΥΡΙΑ – MULBERRY Morus alba is notable for the rapid release of its pollen, which is launched at over half the speed of sound. “This is the fastest motion yet observed in biology, and approaches the theoretical physical limits for movements in plants.” Some North American cities have apparently […]

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SHOULD WE BE SAVING THE ELM TREES?

SHOULD WE BE SAVING THE ELM TREES?

ULMUS – ΦΤΕΛΙΑΣ – ELM The first written references to elm occur in the Linear B lists of military equipment at Knossos, Crete in the Mycenaean Period. Several of the chariots are of elm (« πτε-ρε-ϝα », pte-re-wa), and the lists twice mention wheels of Elmwood. In Greek mythology the nymph Ptelea (Πτελέα, Elm) was […]

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WHAT TREE IS THE TREE OF HIPPOCRATES?

WHAT TREE IS THE TREE OF HIPPOCRATES?

PLATANUS – ΠΛΑΤΑΝΟΣ – PLANE The plane tree (or platane, in Europe) is known as the Tree of Hippocrates. It is the tree under which, according to the legend, Hippocrates of Kos (considered the father of medicine) taught his pupils the art of medicine. A rather wise choice for the tree itself emanates an energy of profound wisdom, […]

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WALNUT INTERNATIONAL

WALNUT INTERNATIONAL

JUGLANS REGIA – ΚΑΡΥΔΙΑ – WALNUT TREE “The walnut tree species covers a region that stretches from the Balkans eastward to the Himalayas and southwest China. The largest forests are in Kyrgyzstan, where trees occur in extensive, nearly pure walnut forests at 1,000–2,000 m altitude” says a Wikipedia Source. The Latin name for the walnut […]

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WHAT DO YOU GET IF YOU CROSS AN ALLIGATOR WITH A PEAR?

WHAT DO YOU GET IF YOU CROSS AN ALLIGATOR WITH A PEAR?

PERSEA AMERICANA – ΑΒΟΚΑΝΤΟ – AVOCADO   The avocado is a tree native to Mexico and Central America. Avocado also refers to the fruit, botanically a large berry that contains a single seed. Perhaps a little less known is the fact that the avocado fruit is also called an alligator pear most likely due to its ragged thick outer skin without the […]

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