miércoles, 8 de mayo de 2013

Spanish lavender and wildflowers

May is the time for Spanish lavender to bloom (lavandula stoechas), but you have to know where to look for it.  It loves growing near rocks, on rocky slopes, or even in the cracks of rock formations themselves.  It can survive in the poorest soil imaginable, and thrive!

  Here is lavandula stoechas in its natural habitat on a craggy incline behind our property.  The tall grasses are esparto, which are used in basket-weaving and to make the soles of espadrilles. 

Here is a plant next to a dirt road that seems to have been pruned into a topiary shape
by passing off-road vehicles.

Don't these little guys remind you of the Easter Bunny?
The first (and smallest) of the Spanish thistles are in bloom.
And just when you think that all of LaMancha's wildflowers are purple...
... you look up to find yourself in a sea of yellow.


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