Autumnal Flowering

Landscape of the estepa with the mill of Bornos in the distance

We shuddered when we saw the weather forecast for the UK this morning; by contrast, here in the Cabo de Gata, the early mist cleared to reveal a morning of cloudless perfection. While it was still cool, we went for a walk over the hills surrounding the estepa where we live.

Landscape with Urginium Maritinum in the foreground

Although, at a glance, this landscape has the appearance of a wilderness devoid of life, there is never a time of the year when nothing is in flower and now is a particularly good period for botanising with the flowering of some interesting autumnal plants.

Urginium Maritimum

The tall and striking Urginium maritimum is a common sight all over the Cabo de Gata …..


…. as is the daphne, with its pretty, creamy white flowers.

Narcissus Serotinus

You have to have a keen botanist’s eye to spot some of the more unusual plants, such as the delicate Narcissus serotinus and ….

Scilla Obtusifolia

…. the autumnal squill, Scilla obtusifolia.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Autumnal Flowering

  1. angela Bell says:

    Wonderful plants.

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