Last week’s wild flowers

From the cliffs above Cala del Cuervo

From the cliffs above Cala del Cuervo

On the cliffs above Cala del Cuervo near Las Negras we noticed some interesting flowers on our walk on Friday morning.
Cytinus

Cytinus


These included the bizarre-looking cytinus, parasitic on pink-flowered cistus species,….
Virgin's slippers

Virgin’s slippers

…. and the rare Sarcocapnos eneaphylla, with delicate, clustered white flowers which the Spanish call ‘virgin’s slippers,….
Chaenorhinum crassifolium

Chaenorhinum crassifolium

…. and mauve-flowered Chaenorhinum crassifolium. Both these species grow in fissures in rocks.

white rockrose

white rockrose

Flowers of white rockrose

Flowers of white rockrose

Along the cliff path to San Pedro yesterday we saw many clumps of white rockrose (helianthemum).

Convolvulus siculus

Convolvulus siculus

Also, here is an example of Convolvulus siculus with tiny blue flowers. It is found never far from the sea and there are lots of it in Las Negras.

Wild peas

Wild peas

The ramblas around las Negras our full of colour. Clumps of wild peas in vivid shades of pink and magenta are growing in the dried up river beds.

Silene nicaeensis

Silene nicaeensis

Little pink Silene nicaeensis are everywhere.

Purple poppy

Purple poppy

These lovely purple poppies are unusual.

Purple and red poppies

Purple and red poppies

They made an interesting contrast growing amongst the common red poppies.

Pink and red poppies

Pink and red poppies

As did these pink poppies.

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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 in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. 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 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 Last week’s wild flowers

  1. Fantastic!! lovely wild flowers do love them all.My Uncle many,many years ago used to sow Flanders Poppies along the London to Brighton road when he visited us in West Dulwich.He was head gardener for the war graves in France & used to get us seeds for our garden which came from Kew Gardens!!!

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