Flowers in the Ramblas

Rambla de las Agüillas

Rambla de las Agüillas

Although most days have been sunny this spring, we have had more rainfall than usual in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata.

Green hills

Green hills

The botanists from Kew Gardens and our son, Jason, who returned to England last week, remarked that they had never seen the countryside here so green and colourful.

Swathes of poppies

Swathes of poppies

In the ramblas there are swathes of red poppies. We think that this may be the result of the seeds of the first crop germinating in the damp earth. Normally they would be dormant until next year.

Convolvulos and fig tree

Convolvulos and fig tree

Adding to the colours are the brilliant yellow and purple flowers of the thistles and

Old olive and thistles

Old olive and thistles

convolvulus.

The rambla with ruin above

The rambla with ruin above

These photos were taken on Sunday morning along the Rambla de las Agüillas in Las Negras. The ruins of old cortijos along this walk add interest to the photos and testify how this land was once farmed by many families.

Broomrape

Broomrape

We were interested by the different varieties and colours of Orobanche (broomrape) growing along the rambla.

White broomrape

White broomrape

There are over 200 species of this parasitic plan so they are very difficult to identify precisely.

Blue broomrape

Blue broomrape

More broomrape

More broomrape

We took these photos of several examples.

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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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2 Responses to Flowers in the Ramblas

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Love these photos. That broomrape is stunning..

  2. Have missed the rain in our area Sierra Aracena. Good photos of the Broomrape.

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