Traditionally, the Spanish in this area would plant Irises outside their country cottages to add to the colour of spring. The people have gone, the cottages are crumbling into ruin but the Irises keep coming back each year. This is the nearest house to ours.
It is the season for orchids and they flourish particularly well in this area. Here is an example of a mirror orchid, which the Spanish call ‘Venus’ looking glass.’ The ‘mirror’ is a gleaming, opalescent blue, hence the orchid’s name.