Autumn Flora

Green landscape of the Vall de Rodalquilar with the old castle and Urginium Maritima flowers in the foreground

Green landscape of the Vall de Rodalquilar with the old castle and Urginia Maritima flowers in the foreground

Here in the Cabo de Gata, autumn rains have broken the longest drought for decades, transforming the parched, ochre landscape into an oasis of green.

Narcissus serotinus

Narcissus serotinus

There is plenty to delight lovers of botany, not least the gorgeous white Narcissus serotinus ….

Autumnal squill

Autumnal squill

…. and pretty autumnal squill.

Carpet of Narcissus serotinus looking out to sea

Carpet of Narcissus serotinus looking out to sea

In previous years, I’ve only ever come across isolated examples of these bulbous plants, but this year, thanks to the rain, they are flowering in profusion. On the fossilized dunes at Playazo, Rodalquilar, there are carpets of narcissi – a lovely sight.


Flowers of Urginea maritima

The shrubby violet, V.arborescens, has made an appearance and will be flowering until spring, and all over the Cabo de Gata Urginea maritima, a conspicuous and striking plant consisting of a single, tall spike clustered with starry white flowers, can be seen.

Rambla Aires de Las Negras

Rambla Aires de Las Negras

All the aromatic herbs – lavender, thyme, artemisia – reduced to withered stumps by the fierce summer sun, have miraculously sprung back into life, cloaking the mountainsides with green.

Wild asparagus

Wild asparagus

The wild asparagus, thickly covered with scented white flowers, is putting up tender green shoots. These are edible and this weekend people were out gathering them.


Flowerts of autumnal squill

Showers are brief in this part of Almeria and are punctuated by bursts of brilliant sunshine which illuminate the mountains and the sea, creating a wonderful spectacle.

El Valle de Rodalquilar

El Valle de Rodalquilar

The Cabo de Gata is always beautiful but, at this time of year, it can be seen at its best.

Urginea Maritima in the Rambla Aires de Las Negras

Urginea Maritima in the Rambla Aires de Las Negras

The photos were taken today in El Valle de Rodalquilar and La Rambla Aires de Las Negras which runs below our house.


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 Autumn Flora

  1. Angela Bell says:

    The plants are so amazing,come on Margaret lets have a book about desert plants with beautiful illustrations and bits of local folklore and cookery. I wouls buy it !!! x Angela P.S Have you looked as my blogs?

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