More Notes on Spring Flora

Alongside the Rambla de Las Agüillas

Alongside the Rambla de Las Agüillas

We went for two walks today. First, this morning we walked down the Rambla de las Agüillas and across the track to the San Pedro cliff path to take us back to Las Negras. The strong March sunshine enhances the brilliant red and yellow of the poppies and Bermuda buttercups and the acacias, now in flower.

The track from the rambla to the cliffs

The track from the rambla to the cliffs

Into the mountains, the mauves of the cistus and agonies are the predominant colours.

Fagonia and viper's bugloss

Fagonia and viper’s bugloss

Tumbling down the steep mountainside are massed clumps of fagonia and bright blue viper’s bugloss.

The mountains from the cliff path

The mountains from the cliff path

The mountains of the Cabo de Gata are impressive in the clear morning light.

Broomrape

Broomrape

We found a very good example of one of the more common broomrapes to be found in and around Las Negras.

Looking up the ravine

Looking up the ravine

This afternoon, we scrambled up a ravine above the Rambla Aires de Las Negras to look at the botany there.

A different variety of broomrape

A different variety of broomrape

As we began our ascent, we discovered a splendid specimen of a broomrape I haven’t seen before . Unlike the other varieties we see here, which favour dry, sandy habitats, it was growing in a damp, grassy place.

Lavender in the ravine

Lavender in the ravine

Thanks to the heavy rain during a storm last month, our normally arid mountains have been transformed into lush green. Ribbons of white Bell’s daisies cascade down the ramblas and great banks of lavender scent the air.

Grape hyacinths

Grape hyacinths

Little grape hyacinths cluster in the cracks and crevices and ….

Blue Pimpernels

Blue Pimpernels

…. everywhere are blue pimpernels.

Daisies and lichen

Daisies and lichen

The air here is very pure and this encourages the growth of lichen on the rocks.

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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 More Notes on Spring Flora

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Hi Margaret and Digby, those Broomrapes are amazing,once again it is lovely to see the desert flowering. Everything is so glorious!

    x angela

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