More wild flowers

The estepa looking green

The estepa looking green

We saw some more wild flowers during our afternoon walk near our home. The recent rains have certainly freshened up the countryside which now looks very green.
Haplophyllum rosmarinifolia

Haplophyllum rosmarinifolia

This yellow flower is Haplophyllum rosmarinifolia. It is a rare and endangered plant but it seems to do well here on the estepa of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata which is its natural habitat. The leaves resemble those of rosemary.
Wild iris

Wild iris

These pretty, tiny blue irises are quite common here. The flowers close up at night and open at midday.
Butterfly orchid

Butterfly orchid

Butterfly orchid

Butterfly orchid

Here are some photos of butterfly orchids (Orchis papilionacea).


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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3 Responses to More wild flowers

  1. sandradan1 says:

    Hi Margaret, I love your wildflower photos. It’s wet with us today near Ronda, not due to dry up until Wednesday according to Aemet.

  2. Nick says:

    I think the flowers labelled Gladiolus are actually orchids !

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