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What’s in Bloom… in April

By: | Review date: 01-04-2019

April is my favorite month for wildflowers in Palestine. Perhaps I’m being unfair to all the autumn and winter blossoms, but for me, no other flower competes with the beauty of the Anatolian Orchid – which you can find in bloom now. These days when I go out hunting for wild orchids, I’m lucky to find a patch with two or three Anatolians. Imagine my surprise and delight at finding a hillside with hundreds and hundreds of them. I sat there looking at their beauty and wondered that long ago, our hills were covered by hundreds of thousands of wildflowers. Certainly, even in my short lifetime, Palestine’s natural wildflowers that used to cover the hills like carpets have in many places all but disappeared.
This month there is a very special exhibition at the Ramallah Municipality as part of the Nwar Nisan Festival that features over 40 botanic paintings of the wildflowers of Palestine. What a wonderful opportunity to see the stunning beauty of our flora close up and with great detail.
As I do every month, I implore people to think of nature and our responsibility to care for it. We have done so much harm already. And that harm is also done to our own bodies. For if the environment is not healthy – rich in biodiversity and free from pollution and destruction –then we surely cannot continue to live in such an environment!

Scorzonera papposa Oriental Viper’s Grass  مخدة العروس، ربحلة
Scorzonera papposa
Oriental Viper’s Grass
مخدة العروس، ربحلة
Calicotome villosa Spiny Broom القندول، القنديل
Calicotome villosa
Spiny Broom
القندول، القنديل
Arum palaestinum Palestine Arum اللوف الفلسطيني
Arum palaestinum
Palestine Arum
اللوف الفلسطيني
Arbutus andrachne Eastern Strawberry Tree قيقب، القطلب
Arbutus andrachne
Eastern Strawberry Tree
قيقب، القطلب
Anacamptis pyramidalis Pyramidal Orchid سحلب, خصي الثعلب إو الكلب
Anacamptis pyramidalis
Pyramidal Orchid
سحلب, خصي الثعلب إو الكلب
Orchis Anatolica Anatolian Orchid خصيتين الكلب، سحلب، اوركيد الاناضول
Orchis Anatolica
Anatolian Orchid
خصيتين الكلب، سحلب، اوركيد الاناضول
Ajuga chamaepitys Ground Pine, Yellow Bugle جعدة أرضية، عشبة الدم، عرف الديك
Ajuga chamaepitys
Ground Pine, Yellow Bugle
جعدة أرضية، عشبة الدم، عرف الديك
Veronica syriaca Syrian Speedwell زهرة الحواشي السورية
Veronica syriaca
Syrian Speedwell
زهرة الحواشي السورية
Moraea sisyrinchium Afternoon Iris السوسن العادي
Moraea sisyrinchium
Afternoon Iris
السوسن العادي
Morgan Cooper is an urban farmer, lacto-fermenter, and designer (she is founder of Little Olea for babies and Handmade Palestine market). She left academia in 2010 to “get her hands dirty,” building an arboretum with her husband and running Café La Vie in Ramallah. Currently, she’s working on an aquaponics “wall” in the café garden that will provide more organic vegetables for the café kitchen. She lives with her husband Saleh Totah in his native Ramallah. They have one wild child who loves to eat freshly picked carrots with a bit of healthy soil in the cracks.