Wild Flowers Around Las Negras

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Asphodels in the hills

Here are some photos and descriptions of the beautiful wild flowers we have seen on our walks during the last week. Because of the wetter-than-normal winter, the hills and ramblas around our village are covered with flowers, some common but others quite unusual.

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Asphodels

Last year, after a dry winter, the asphodels did not do well, but this spring they have flourished and cover the mountainsides, their tall spikes and white flowers set against the blue sky.

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Spurgula Fallax

On the hills beyond our house this tiny white flower, Spurgula fallax is abundant.

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Spurgula fallax

It is a wild plant that is often overlooked because it is so small but this spring it is flowering in profusion, despite its rarity.

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Dipcadi

Above is a photo of a lovely example of a dipcadi. It looks similar to a bluebell but has brown flowers.

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Helianthemum

Helianthemum, which is found all over the Cabo de Gata, is in abundance.

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Bermuda buttercups along the rambla 

Banks of bright yellow bermuda buttercups line the sides of the ramblas.

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A rare daisy

This flower may look like a common daisy but is quite rare.

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Another rare, wild flower

This little yellow flower, a type of lily, resembles the celandine and appears in early spring in damper places.

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Calendulas

More common are these orange calendulas but they look very attractive flowering in between the stones.

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Flowers in a barranco

The densest accumulations of plants are in the narrow barrancos where the water on the rocky hillsides cascades during the rains.

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Viper’s bugloss

This viper’s bugloss is ubiquitous but is very pretty and makes a contrast to the yellow and whites of the other flowers.

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Linaria

This yellow linaria is rare and found in just a couple of locations here.

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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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