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Photo Gallery Board / Re: Arillas sunsets
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Taken near the Raninbow
Photo Gallery Board / Re: A to Z - Photographs of Arillas and Corfu
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kev sep 2018
Walking in Arillas and north west Corfu / Re: Walking around corfu
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I have grown this tree in london in my prize winning garden i love the fruit

The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica)  is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae,
It can also be found in European countries such as Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Italy, Spain and Portugal; and several Middle Eastern countries like Israel, Lebanon and Turkey.
It is a large evergreen shrub or tree, grown commercially for its yellow fruit, and also cultivated as an ornamental plant.
Eriobotrya japonica is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, with a rounded crown, short trunk and woolly new twigs. The tree can grow to 510 metres (1633 ft) tall, but is often smaller, about 34 metres (1013 ft). The fruit begins to ripen during Spring to Summer depending on the temperature in the area. The leaves are alternate, simple, 1025 centimetres (410 in) long, dark green, tough and leathery in texture, with a serrated margin, and densely velvety-hairy below with thick yellow-brown pubescence; the young leaves are also densely pubescent above, but this soon rubs off
Loquats are unusual among fruit trees in that the flowers appear in the autumn or early winter, and the fruits are ripe at any time from early spring to early summer. The flowers are 2 cm (1 in) in diameter, white, with five petals, and produced in stiff panicles of three to ten flowers. The flowers have a sweet, heady aroma that can be smelled from a distance
Loquat fruits, growing in clusters, are oval, rounded or pear-shaped, 35 centimetres (12 in) long, with a smooth or downy, yellow or orange, sometimes red-blushed skin. The succulent, tangy flesh is white, yellow or orange and sweet to subacid or acid, depending on the cultivar.
The fruits are the sweetest when soft and orange. The flavour is a mixture of peach, citrus and mild mango.

Are loquats poisonous?
Like most related plants, the seeds (pips) and young leaves of the plant are slightly poisonous, containing small amounts of cyanogenic glycosides (including amygdalin) which release cyanide when digested, though the low concentration and bitter flavour normally prevent enough being eaten to cause harm.

Fruit - raw, cooked or preserved. A slightly acid, sweet aromatic flavour, they can be eaten out of hand or cooked in pies, sauces, jellies  The roasted seed is a coffee substitute Wood - hard, close grained. Used for rulers etc   The fruits are also commonly used to make jam, jelly and chutney, and are often served poached in light syrup. 

Liver Support
Promotes Normal Blood Sugar
Encourages Respiratory Health
Soothes Skin and Gums
Supports Brain Health
For Diabetes
Analgesic;  Antibacterial;  Antiemetic;  Antitussive;  Antiviral;  Astringent;  Diuretic;  Expectorant; 
Medicinal. Loquat syrup is used in Chinese medicine for soothing the throat and is a popular ingredient for cough drops. ... Biwa cha is held to beautify skin and heal inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and to heal chronic respiratory conditions such as bronchitis.

Walking in Arillas and north west Corfu / Re: Walking around corfu
« Last post by kevin-beverly on December 17, 2018, 10:29:28 AM »

Mexican orange

Choisya is a small genus of aromatic evergreen shrubs in the rue family, Rutaceae. Members of the genus are commonly known as Mexican orange due to the similarity of their flowers with those of the closely related orange, both in shape and scent
Choisya species are popular ornamental plants in areas with mild winters, grown primarily for their abundant and fragrant flowers
 In its generic name Humboldt and Bonpland honoured Swiss botanist Jacques Denis Choisy
The species grow to 13 m (3.39.8 ft) tall. The leaves are opposite, leathery, glossy, palmately compound with 3-13 leaflets, each leaflet 38 cm (1.23.1 in) long and 0.53.5 cm (0.201.38 in) broad. C. ternata has three broad leaflets, while C. dumosa has up to 13 very narrow leaflets. The flowers are star-shaped, 35 cm (1.22.0 in) diameter, with 4-7 white petals, 8-15 stamens and a green stigma; they are produced throughout the late spring and summer. The fruit is a leathery two to six sectioned capsule.
 The foliage is also aromatic, smelling of rue when bruised or cut. The most commonly found cultivars in the horticultural trade are the species, C. ternata,[4] the golden-leaved C. ternata Sundance ('Lich'),[5] and the inter-specific hybrid C. 'Aztec Pearl'
 In north-west Europe the main pest is snails, which eat the bark of even mature specimens, resulting in minor die-back of branches where ring-barking has occurred.

UNKNOWN  poisons and toxins


Using oil extracts of plants for medical purposes has been around for centuries. How else do you think people get medication in the years before factories started to manufacture western medicine by the masses?
Pest repellent
Sleep enhancer
Respiratory stimulator

Walking in Arillas and north west Corfu / Re: Walking around corfu
« Last post by kevin-beverly on December 16, 2018, 12:32:43 PM »



Hibiscus common name is Rosemallows is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world
You can see this plant all over Arillas in all colours some with stripes
The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees. The generic name is derived from the Greek name ἰβίσκος (hibiskos) which Pedanius Dioscorides gave to Althaea officinalis
A tea made from hibiscus flowers is known by many names around the world and is served both hot and cold. The beverage is known for its red colour, tart flavour, and vitamin C content.
The leaves are alternate, ovate to lanceolate, often with a toothed or lobed margin. The flowers are large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, colour from white to pink, red, orange, peach, yellow or purple,and from 418 cm broad. Flower colour in certain species, such as H. mutabilis and H. tiliaceus, changes with age. The fruit is a dry five-lobed capsule, containing several seeds in each lobe, which are released when the capsule dehisces (splits open) at maturity. It is of red and white colours. It is an example of complete flowers.
Some perennial varieties of hibiscus grow between 3 and 7 feet tall. Scarlet rose mallow (H. coccineus) grows 3 to 6 feet tall and spreads 2 to 3 feet wide in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9. It has deep red flowers 3 to 5 inches wide all summer.

Are Hibiscus Plants Poisonous to People? According to the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, hibiscus plants are considered "toxicity category 4." This means that the plant and its blossoms are considered nontoxic to humans. They are not only nontoxic, they are also considered to have have health benefits.

Hibiscus plants are known for their large, colorful flowers. These blossoms can make a decorative addition to a home or garden, One species of Hibiscus, known as kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus), is extensively used in paper-making. The inner bark of the sea hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus), also called 'hau', is used in Polynesia for making rope, and the wood for making canoe floats
 hibiscus juice

Egyptians used hibiscus tea to lower body temperature, treat heart and nerve diseases, and as a diuretic to increase urine production. In Africa, tea was used to treat constipation, cancer, liver disease, and cold symptoms. Pulp made from the leaves was applied to the skin to heal wounds.
upset stomach
high blood pressure
bacterial infections
Researchers found that a phytochemical (plant-derived compound) from the leaves of Sthalpadma or land-lotus (scientifically known as Hibiscus mutabilis and commonly called Confederate rose) restored insulin sensitivity of cells and thereby helped in lowering blood sugar levels in diabetic rats
Weight Loss
Lowers Cholesterol
Protects Liver
Packed With Antioxidants. Share on Pinterest. ...
May Help Lower Blood Pressure. ...
May Help Lower Blood Fat Levels. ...
May Boost Liver Health. ...
Could Promote Weight Loss. ...
Contains Compounds That May Help Prevent Cancer. ...
Could Help Fight Bacteria. ...
Flavorful and Easy to Make.
Anti-cancer Properties
Anti-inflammatory & Antibacterial Agent
Acts as Antidepressant Agent
Improves Digestion
Satiates Thirst
Summer & Winter Drink
You can drink hibiscus tea either as a hot tea or an iced tea. If you want to keep yourself warm in the winter, brew it and drink it straight away. It takes only a few minutes to make. In case you do not want to drink it hot, perhaps in the summer, you have the option to drink hibiscus iced tea by steeping organic hibiscus flowers in water. It takes about 20 minutes for preparation, and then you can cool yourself off in a healthy, refreshing way.


Walking in Arillas and north west Corfu / Re: Walking around corfu
« Last post by kevin-beverly on December 15, 2018, 11:36:42 AM »


I can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Everyone's make up is Different and Acts in Different ways it may be alright for you but not for someone else
Please Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally or picking the flowers. If you think you have been Affected go and seek  medical advice right away

Walking in Arillas and north west Corfu / Re: Walking around corfu
« Last post by kevin-beverly on December 15, 2018, 11:13:08 AM »

Acacia dealbata

(known as silver wattle, blue wattle or mimosa) Family:Fabaceae is a species of Acacia, native to southeastern Australia
and widely introduced in Mediterranean, warm temperate, and highland tropical landscapes.
I have not seen this tree around Arillas but i have been reading this tree is aroud and you can see in flower in spring very fragrant
It is a fast-growing evergreen tree or shrub growing up to 30 m tall, typically a pioneer species after fire. The leaves are bipinnate, glaucous blue-green to silvery grey, 112 cm The flowers are produced in large racemose inflorescences made up of numerous smaller globose bright yellow flowerheads The fruit is a flattened pod The Latin specific epithet dealbata also means "covered in a white powder"
Acacia dealbata is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in warm temperate regions of the world  and is naturalised in some areas, including  the Mediterranean region from Portugal to Greece and Morocco to Israel, Yalta Tree growing to 25 m (82ft) by 8 m (26ft) at a fast rate. It is hardy Habitats   In many habitats by streams, gullies and alpine ridges[154, 184]. Dry forests[260].

The leaves of acacia trees protect from being eaten by producing a cyanogenic poison.
While some acacia seeds are edible, and wattle bark has its uses too, there are one or two that are toxic.
Acacia georginea is one. It contains a compound that releases fluoroacetate when digested. Fluoroacetate is better known as 1080, a highly toxic metabolic poison used to kill wild dogs and pest species. There is no cure, so if you eat enough of these pods, or animals that died from eating these pods, you will die, even if you get to hospital.

It is also used in making bridges, wheels and furniture. In North America, the Mimosa tree is largely ornamental. The high tannin levels protect the tree from microorganisms and pest infestation, and infusions made from the wood are used as pest repellents.
Acacia dealbata is grown in southern Europe where it is known as 'mimosa' and is used commercially in the cut flower trade. In France, the flowers are used as a fixative in high grade perfume production
Flowers - cooked. Rich in pollen, they are often used in fritters. A gum that exudes naturally from the trunk is edible and is used as a substitute for Gum Arabic. It is very soluble in water and viscous, but is of low quality. Larger quantities can be obtained by tapping the trunk. Some species produce a gum that is dark and is liable to be astringent and distasteful, but others produce a light gum and this is sweet and pleasant. It can be sucked like candy or soaked in water to make a jelly. The gum can be warmed when it becomes soft and chewable

Soothes coughs and sore throats. Because it's known to relieve irritation and inflammation, acacia gum can also help control coughs. The properties of acacia gum allow it to be used in solutions to coat your throat and protect the mucus in your throat from irritation.
Acacia is often used in topical treatments to help wounds heal
Acacia gum has a naturally sticky texture. Materials with this property are often used to reduce irritation and inflammation.
The extract of a species of acacia known as Acacia catechu, sometimes called black khair, can be used in dental products like mouthwash to prevent gingivitis
Acacia gum contains water-soluble dietary fibers (WSDF) that are not only good fiber for your diet but also helpful in keeping your cholesterol under control.
Acacia gum has the potential to keep your weight in a healthy range while also reducing your overall body fat
The Acacia greggii plant, found in the United States and Mexico, can be used to help stop blood flow in gashes, wounds, and other surface cuts.
 Acacia gum is already used in many types of foods and can usually be safely used in cooking,

Independent accomodation / Panorama Villas
« Last post by dimitris on December 14, 2018, 01:17:15 PM »
Hello everyone
Simpson Travel has pulled out from Paradisso and Panorama villas, they can be now be booked directly via their host or etc.  for more information you can visit their listing here

The official  name is now Panorama Villas
best regards,
Walking in Arillas and north west Corfu / Re: Walking around corfu
« Last post by kevin-beverly on December 14, 2018, 01:17:04 PM »


Persian silk tree 

Europeans in particular refer to cut flowers of the yellow-blooming acacia or wattle trees as mimosa. ... The pink or silky mimosa, Albizia julibrissin, bears much larger flowers that are white and pink. The botanical genera Acacia and Albizia are very closely related within the large legume family.

Albizia julibrissin (Persian silk tree, pink silk tree) is a species of tree in the family Fabaceae, native to southwestern and eastern Asia
The genus is named after the Italian nobleman Filippo degli Albizzi, who introduced it to Europe in the mid-18th century, A. julibrissin is a small deciduous tree growing to 516 m (1652 ft) tall The bark is dark greenish grey in colour and striped vertically as it gets older  the leaflets are oblong
 The flowers are produced throughout the summer in dense inflorescences, the individual flowers with small calyx and corolla (except the central ones), and a tight cluster of stamens 23 cm long, white or pink with a white base, looking like silky threads. They have been observed to be attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. The fruit is a flat brown pod 1020 cm A. julibrissin is widely planted as an ornamental plant in parks and gardens, grown for its fine leaf texture
In the wild, the tree tends to grow in dry plains, sandy valleys, and uplands. It has become an invasive species
 it is still widely planted in parts of Europe.

The seeds are poisonous
Toxic Seed Pods. Because mimosa trees can pop up quickly and spread easily, they are a common species in pastures and on the range where livestock graze. ... Unfortunately, the toxicity associated with consuming excessive amounts of the seed pods can be fatal.

sweet-scented flowers are a good nectar source for honeybees and butterflies

The flowers and stem bark are used to make medicine. Albizia is taken by mouth for anxiety, cancer, depression, sleep problems (insomnia), and sore throat; to improve mood; and to reduce swelling associated with trauma.
Reduces Anxiety and Stress
Sleep Aid
Respiratory Distress
Chronic Conditions
Keeping the Skin Healthy
Aids in Digestion
Regulates Cholesterol Levels
Arthritis and Gout

"Webcam & more" Comments / Re: Webcam
« Last post by Ann K on December 14, 2018, 12:23:30 PM »
Hi Dimitris.  Thank you so much.  We know we can rely on you.  Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and healthy 2019.
Ann xx
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