Bothnical Gardens of Rodalquilar

Jacaranda trees in the botanical gardens

Jacaranda trees in the botanical gardens

Yesterday morning we visited the Botanical Gardens at Rodalquilar. Although only ten minutes drive away, it seems a while since we last went there and we were quite shocked at how arid the gardens are looking after having had so little rain this year. The jacaranda trees are in flower, though, and they add a splash of colour together with the pomegranate trees which are also in blossom.

The scarecrow

The scarecrow

This lonely scarecrow guards the vegetable patches.
DSC05877aAs one would expect in this arid climate, the cactus section looked good.

Buzzing bees

Buzzing bees

Bees were buzzing around the cactus flowers.

Cacti and palms, light and shade

Cacti and palms, light and shade

The light and the shade cast by the strong sun over the palms and cacti produce interesting photographic compositions.


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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