Botanical Notes from Las Negras

Rambla de las Agüillas

Rambla de las Agüillas

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 flowers below an old stone wall

Wild flowers below an old stone wall

Wild poppies add splashes of red to the yellows of Bermuda buttercups and flowering shrubs.

Red-horned poppy

Red-horned poppy

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.

Toadflax?

Toadflax?

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.

Platycapnos

Platycapnos

Amongst the grasses along the path are brilliant splashes of colour in the form of Platycapnos spicata, a most attractive little plant.

Lavatera Maritima

Lavatera Maritima

Along the coastal path, and in San Pedro, shrubs of Lavatera maritima,with their velvety mauve flowers and striking green sepals, are in bloom.

White flowered toadflax

White flowered toadflax

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.

Broomrape

Broomrape

Also we found this splendid specimen of a blue species of broomrape.

Maidenhair fern

Maidenhair fern

In the shady walls below a small embalsa – water deposit – clumps of maidenhair ferns were growing in the crevices.

Viper's bugloss

Viper’s bugloss

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.

Quaking grass

Quaking grass

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.

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

We also found a magnificent example of a gladiolus, the first we’ve seen this spring.

Dipcadi

Dipcadi

Nearby is another interesting flower, well camouflaged in this environment, a dipcadi, not unlike a brown bluebell in appearance.

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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 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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2 Responses to Botanical Notes from Las Negras

  1. Moira McRae says:

    Beautiful photos! Hope you are both well. You are certainly getting in some lovely walks.x

  2. Angela Bell says:

    I love the horned poppy,never seen one of those. I remember how beautiful Spring is there.I often have dreams of Almeria and do want to come back one day.I love your posts. Hope all is well with you both and the family. x Angela

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