Spring is now in full bloom in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata and the ramblas of Las Negras are bursting with colour.
Wild poppies add splashes of red to the yellows of Bermuda buttercups and flowering shrubs.
Most of the poppies are of the common variety but I found this particularly striking example of a red-horned poppy while walking along the path from Rambla de Las Agüillas to the coast path to San Pedro yesterday.
I came across this pretty pink flower, which I had trouble identifying, along the same path. I presume it is an unusual, branched version of a very common toadflax which grows everywhere here.
Amongst the grasses along the path are brilliant splashes of colour in the form of Platycapnos spicata, a most attractive little plant.
Along the coastal path, and in San Pedro, shrubs of Lavatera maritima,with their velvety mauve flowers and striking green sepals, are in bloom.
We walked to the back of the little landlocked valley in San Pedro and found some interesting flora there, including a colony of white-flowered toadflax.
Also we found this splendid specimen of a blue species of broomrape.
In the shady walls below a small embalsa – water deposit – clumps of maidenhair ferns were growing in the crevices.
On the way back to Las Negras we took this photo looking down at Cala Hernandez with a clump of brilliantly blue viper’s bugloss in the foreground.
This afternoon we walked in the wild hillside above the Rambla Aires de Las Negras by our home. Despite its aridity, there are many interesting plants to be found here, including this delicate quaking grass.
We also found a magnificent example of a gladiolus, the first we’ve seen this spring.
Nearby is another interesting flower, well camouflaged in this environment, a dipcadi, not unlike a brown bluebell in appearance.