On Sunday morning we walked along the path carved out of the mountainside above Cortijo del Fraile. It is lined with bushes of aromatic gum cistus, now in flower.
The borders of the path were colourful with a multitude of small flowers, such as the vivid blue pimpernel and crimson platycapnos.
The mineral-rich soil of the location seems to enhance the colours of the flowers, particularly the echiums, a common Mediterranean plant.
In the shade, we found a splendid specimen of the very lovely sawfly orchid.
There were clumps of white daisies and a delicate yellow daisy which I have yet to identify.
These pretty little orange marigolds were also in abundance.
The area surrounding our cortijo is cleared every year for the benefit of wild partridges and the consequent removal of thyme and artemesia, which rapidly invade abandoned land and prevent other species from thriving, allow a multitude of arable flowers to spring up, such as this unusual yellow flower and ….
…. Allium roseum photographed yesterday.
I also noticed this plant growing against the old wall by the entrance to our home.
I had to consult a book to identify it. It is Aizoon hispanicum and, apparently, quite rare.