What’s in Bloom...

What’s in Bloom… in May

Review date: 01-05-2019

Spring in Palestine is an amazing time. The hillsides are lush after the heavy rains, blanketed in wildflowers that crawl with busily pollinating insects. I’ve heard many complaints about the amount of rainfall we’ve had. I remind people that our land needs it. They always reply that we have more than 100 percent of our needs met. And I remind them that our land, not my summer supply for dishwashing, should be the indicator. There can never be too much rain for Palestine’s trees and plants!
This month’s theme is advocacy. Commonly we associate advocacy with human rights and fail to connect the environment to the larger fight for justice in Palestine. Environmental justice is not typically understood as a human right. This is a grave mistake, and we must insist on the connection. We must advocate for the environment; without a clean and healthy environment, we truly have no immediate future. Water rights, food sovereignty, and land sovereignty are all human rights issues. As I often argue, if we do not advocate for the bees, we will kill them all and suffer dire consequences. As the planet’s insects, mammals, and plants increasingly become extinct, endangering our biodiversity, our future is in grave danger. For now, we still have most of Palestine’s wildflowers, but their future is tied to ours, and we must advocate for both.

Alcea acaulis Stemless Hollyhock خطمية، عين بقرة، خبز العذراء
Alcea acaulis
Stemless Hollyhock
خطمية، عين بقرة، خبز العذراء
Lomelosia palaestina Palestine Scabious زهرة الجرب، كعب الغزال
Lomelosia palaestina
Palestine Scabious
زهرة الجرب، كعب الغزال
Papaver umbonatum Poppy الخشخاش المنثور
Papaver umbonatum
Poppy
الخشخاش المنثور
Linum pubescens Hairy Pink Flax كتان
Linum pubescens
Hairy Pink Flax
كتان
Fumana thymifolia Clammy Cistus دخانية
Fumana thymifolia
Clammy Cistus
دخانية
Leontodon tuberosus Bulbous Dandelion جعضيض عسقولي
Leontodon tuberosus
Bulbous Dandelion
جعضيض عسقولي
Orchis galilaea Galilee Orchid السحلب الجليلي
Orchis galilaea
Galilee Orchid
السحلب الجليلي
Anthemis pseudocotula Common False Chamomile اقحوان كاذب
Anthemis pseudocotula
Common False Chamomile
اقحوان كاذب
Glebionis coronarium Crown Daisy سابسب
Glebionis coronarium
Crown Daisy
سابسب
Campanula rapunculus Rampion Bellflower ورد الجرس
Campanula rapunculus
Rampion Bellflower
ورد الجرس
Tetragonolobus palaestinus Four-Winged Pea جلاثن
Tetragonolobus palaestinus
Four-Winged Pea
جلاثن
Gladiolus italicus Common Gladiolus دلبوث، سيف الغراب
Gladiolus italicus
Common Gladiolus
دلبوث، سيف الغراب
Lathyrus blepharicarpus Ciliate Vetchling جليبنه، سيسعة
Lathyrus blepharicarpus
Ciliate Vetchling
جليبنه، سيسعة