Wild Hollyhocks and Flamenco

Wild hollyhocks I grew from seed

Wild hollyhocks I grew from seed

North of Granada, wild hollyhocks grow in abundance. Usually, the flowers are a pale pink, so when I discovered a hollyhock with deep, glowing pink flowers growing by the river near our former home, Los Ortices, Loja, I collected some of the seeds. The climate of Almeria is very different from the latter, but I did manage to rear some seedlings, only one of which survived. I transferred it to a large pot and, with a bit of tender loving care, which included plenty of watering and regular applications of Miracle-Gro, I was rewarded with a robust, healthy plant. The flowers are even more beautiful than those of the original plant from which I obtained the seeds.
The pot outside our entrance

The pot outside our entrance

The pot stands at the entrance to where we are staying on Maria’s Farm, Las Negras, and has caused something of a sensation. The neighbours ask what the plant is called and whether I can save some seeds for them.
Mayte Beltran

Mayte Beltran

We thought we would let you know about Flamenco in Las Negras tomorrow evening (Saturday). Outside La Bodeguiya at 1830 a group which includes the dancer Mayte Beltran will be performing. Later in the evening diners at Las Barcas will be entertained by another flamenco group which includes the dancer Tania Santiago. Here is a pastel drawing of Mayte which I did from her last appearance in Las Negras.

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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 Wild Hollyhocks and Flamenco

  1. angela bell says:

    LOvely ,at least slugs don’t eat them ,I have no luck with them!Love to see the flamenco.

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