Back home: June at Navasola, Wild flowers and Wicked ways. Never pick wild flowers. No recoge las flores salvaje.

‘Wild flowers are for everyone to enjoy. Leave them alone.’ The photo is of a wild iris for all to admire, part of the ecosystem for bees and pollinators, the plant needs to fulfil its life cycle to survive and reproduce.  Never pick wild flowers. No recogas flores salvajes. Some are very rare now and some extinct. Many are extremely poisonous. Best left alone!

I have spent over a month away from Navasola. While I have experienced snow in Dorset, spring  breezes in Rhodes and hot weather in London and Manchester during April and May the weather here in the South of Spain has been mainly wet. This desperate downfall of water has created an abundance of growth: wild flowers, bracken and high grasses. My vegetable garden is hard to see and also the rock flower garden. But with a bit of work I am getting it less sneeze inducing and for better or worse a bit less wild. I struggle with this but need a few patches where I can try and grow things. This is where I have to discern rare flowers from less rare but all have their part and I love seeing how so many can self seed. I leave many but the cultivated ones struggle to survive if overgrown with the wild ones!  Below is the view from my sanctuary window after a bit of work. I moved the lemon balm which had gone mad and put in a rose from Ruth. There are some wild ones in the photo, a local lily,  three wild alliums  and some to be named! This type of red rose is cultivated and irrigated in this area. It flowers for a long time and the bees love it.

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I have been busy in the UK visiting friends, family and two lovely weddings and for the last week I have had friends and family to stay with me here. We have walked around the finca and found lots of different wild flowers and exuberant growth. Lotti, Ruth’s dog also found where the boar had been taking mud baths and had left their two toe prints. For a short while we had had a stream running into our pond and out the other side. I could have grown rice!

There are also lots of wild iris and foxglove about. Higher up on the hillside it is covered with pink silene and some white ones. There are also lots of yellow flowers and tolpis with tiny white snowflake flowers close to the ground. Too hard to photograph the beauty of such a spread.

Last year outside our gate there was a beautiful wild orchid which I photographed but not clearly enough. This year I was sent a message and we joked and using the expression from the German New Year comedy ‘same procedure as last year’ . Unfortunately, this year within the last few days, someone has come and picked the flower stem.  It seems that the wild iris  is picked too. It is such a shame when wild flowers are interfered with and the orchids are rare. I can only hope that the main part of the plant will be able to flower again. I’m sure it was my parents who used to say wild flowers are for everyone to enjoy, leave them alone. Now, it is a conservation issue too. Too much of the wild is being lost by human hands.

Wild gladioli outside the gate to Navasola
Wild gladioli outside the gate to Navasola


Thapsia, tall and elegant on the verge.
Thapsia, tall and elegant on the verge.

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Now I am back I hope to catch up with as many of you as I can  while trying to grow my own veg and finish that novel about the wild ones.

32 thoughts on “Back home: June at Navasola, Wild flowers and Wicked ways. Never pick wild flowers. No recoge las flores salvaje.”

  1. Hi 🙂
    I love the flower photos! I agree about wildflowers being left for all to admire. Lotti is an adorable little dog. 🙂 Having wild boar as neighbors could make someone cautious and attentive. They seem like animals best viewed from a distance and preferably with a fence in between. Good luck with your garden! 🙂

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  2. I love the wild nature of your view and thanks for the caution about not picking wildflowers. I’ve never been a huge fan of real formal landscaping (think Versailles), much preferring to leave nature alone–though here we have to be careful of the risk of wild fires.

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  3. It is such a shame when people can’t leave wild flowers alone. I was always taught never to pick wild flowers too. I get annoyed by excess tidying where roadsides and verges are mown and many flowers don’t get the chance to flower let alone set seed. I love your photos of the flowers in your garden and in the verge.

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  4. Good to hear your news and see the impact of the rain of Spain. Beautiful flowers are so uplifting. Saw strange flowering tree last week round the corner from us (Rhodes, Greece) checked it out and it was a long way from home. A cockspur coral tree native to countries in South America and the national flower of Argentina and Uraguay. Wonderful large clumps of vibrant red

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  5. (accidentally sent before completing last sentence) …..
    Wonderful large clusters of vibrant red flowers. Very striking and beautiful.

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  6. Just as you do, I pick wildflowers with my camera. Like most photos on WordPress websites, the photos are not protected, so they can be downloaded by anyone. I hope that it will be enough for people to see them on their screensaver or desktop, although it is good to have a place to go and see them first in all their liveliness and loveliness. I must put some more up! although it is winter here, we are coming into the great wildflower season of the sandstone country (and much of the rest of sub-tropical Australia: July, August, September.

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  7. Wildflower seeds have been such a joy in my life as they show up in such wonderfully unexpected places. A lovely post and YES…you are so right about not picking the wildflowers. Thank you for sharing. 🐞

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  8. Yes, yes everything you write is so true and “real”…. I have been in Africa for the past ten months returning home in November and sure to encounter a garden nightmare of epic proportion – don’t want to think about it yet. Even though a gardening “service” is doing “maintenance” it’s a bit like leaving a pet at a boarding kennel – nothing is even the same as when you put your own love into it. Kinda wish I’d waited until November to read your post 🙂 but thanks anyway!

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    1. Never mind, all will be well again in the garden and there is sometimes a small price to pay for being able to travel so far and for so long. I’m restless again too and it is a tension between wanting to plant and grow stuff and wanting to be in other places. Still am lucky to have those choices! Your travels sound a wonderful experience.


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