PLANT LIFE GRASSES Recreational lawns around houses are a rarity in Greece, as are bowling greens and golf courses. This is hardly surprising given the hyper-arid, drought-prone climate but it does not mean that the ground is barren. Far from it, the winter rains and summer sun allow coarse grasses and weeds to flourish. Although detrimental to patios, these fast growing plants have their own beauty and help to characterise the landscape. That said some plants are very invasive, and you will see (and hear) workers in the olive groves cleaning the land beneath the trees in preparation for the olive harvest.