We found this magnificent specimen of what we believe is citrus reticulata, the mandarin tree, in the narrow lane leading down from the re-purposed milos, or mill, up from the junction for Pefkias and Glyfoneri beach. The house is being extensively renovated, but this root bole has remained (we assume) happily immobile over a number of weeks of drastic works on the building. Given the number of other reticulata in nearby gardens, maybe it’s just chewing the fat over the garden fence. And as our second photo shows, its leaf canopy still hosts a healthy abundance of fruit many weeks into the renovation.
Sentient flora does have its dark side, however: that heavenly smell of freshly cut grass may, in fact, be the grass screaming as it is beheaded.