Lungo L’Isonzo Early Spring Flowers
March 8, 2015
The first sightings of Primula in Trieste made me immediately think about the flower filled trek last March along the Isonzo River. Primula comes from the latin and refers to the fact that this is the flower that blooms before any other. With the Primula blooming in Trieste I was hoping that the spring flowers would also be in bloom along the Isonzo.
The bora was blowing in Trieste all week so it was the perfect timing for a walk in an area sheltered from the winds. Sunday was a sunny day with a clear bright sky. We parked the car at Trnova which is an access point for rafting along the Isonzo.
We crossed the bridge over that amazing clear blue-green water of the Isonzo. Right away I was stopped in my tracks. All along the trail were white and pink flowers. There were masses of them and they reminded me of frothy bridal bouquets. In Italian the flowers have a lovely common name and a story associated with them. It is said that a shepherd was crying because he had no gift to give to the baby Jesus. An angel appeared and showed him the flowers that were poking their heads out from under the snow. And so the flower is called Rosa di Natale. It is actually a type of Hellebore and one of the first spring flowers.
They were show stoppers – ranging in color from white to light buttery yellow to pinks. There were no leaves on the trees and the fields were winter dry and lifeless. The colors of the flowers literally carpeting the ground were like a feast for the eyes.
The trail follows the river and is ever-changing. One area was filled with rounded stones completely covered with bright green moss. Popping out of the green moss were small snow-white flowers – buca neve.
In another area were purple hepatica and violets in the shadows of large carsic stones. Further along the trail there were small shrubs covered with purple pink flowers and you could see them winding their way up the rocky mountain slope. Erica Carnea – the name comes from the Greek and means to “break”. Their roots are actually capable of causing fissures in the carsic stones.
A stunning day with the snowy peak of Krn against a clear blue sky, with the Isonzo in your peripheral vision and all around masses of colorful flowers.
Sheltered from the wind and with the sun shining we were able to shed the fleece jackets – walking with short sleeved t-shirts in March – how great is that!