The Evergreen trees of Navasola and the Evergreen short story anthology.

My story recently published in the anthology Evergreen is partly from within the consciousness of a fir tree grown only for Christmas. But it survives beyond the festive season and connects and inspires a variety of local children until …..The story is called Until We are Ever Green. It contains quite a few ‘untils’!

It is late January and we are finally back at Navasola after dull but changeable temperatures for the UK in the winter. It was a rather frustrating time with so much illness from bad coughs/ colds/ sinus and the worst I have had since leaving the classroom. Here at Navasola it is very cold but the sun is high and bright with andalucian blue skies. We also have our supply of wood from when so many branches of trees came down in the bad storm of 2020.

So thanks to the trees we can keep warm at night when at present the temperatures are falling below zero.

There is also so much green thanks to our own evergreen trees in stark contrast to the denuded old chestnuts. However without the leaves there is much sunshine on the woodland floor. Their leaves will come back later than most in May.

Navasola’s Ever Greens

Olea europaea, Olive Olivo.

The olive trees’ grey green leaves keep dancing in the chilly skies. All the olives need to be picked by end of December but any left will make good food for birds or other animals when fallen to the ground.

Quercus suber, alcornoques, cork oak

The cork oak leaves show different shades of pale grey green. The tree trunks are well insulated and fire resistent. Cork trees can only have their cork cut every 8 years or more.

The Holm oak, encina, Quercus ilex or known as the evergreen oak.

encinas or holm oaks are stretching higher to the sky in their self seeded grove. These are the trees of pasture land or dehesa and can be found across vast swathes of Spain evenly spaced out to provide shade for grazing animals. These trees are also excellent for wood burning too.

The common ivy or Hedera helix dresses up many a trunk and keeps its green even when the frost bites. The Mirbeck oak also hangs onto its glorious display of red orange leaves until the new arrive.

Arbutus unedo, madroño, strawberry tree.

The madroño tree or strawberry tree is very hardy in the frost or heat. And home to the caterpillar of the Two tailed Pasha.

Two tailed pasha hatches in July or August

Wild viburnum tinus does not grow into a tree but can grow very tall around the trees. It is usually in flower by the end of January as the bees wake up. But at the moment it is rather frost bitten with the colder icier winter we are having here.

There are many wild pines too. Mainly Pinus nigra or black pine. These grow very tall very quickly and thrive here on sandy soils. These are different to the cultivated umbrella pines found a bit further south towards Huelva. Stone pine, Pinus pinea.

I think many readers of my blog will enjoy the stories under the theme of Evergreen in this Bridge House Publishing anthology. Apologies that it is only easily available on Amazon but we would love you to read, review and share the stories.

21 thoughts on “The Evergreen trees of Navasola and the Evergreen short story anthology.”

  1. Fellow bloggers! I can confirm you will have fun curled up in your favourite corner if you start to read Evergreen. There are all kind of stories, longer and shorter, but you won’t be disappointed if you start off with Until We are Ever Green.
    And it’s great to see this glimpse of early Spring in southern Spain – so vibrant, and so very different from our own tentative green shoots here.

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  2. Georgina, I needed to leave the country for a little and thank you for bringing me to your part of Spain! I love the variety of trees and amazing that the cork trees self-seeded! Congratulations on the publication of ‘Evergreen’ and I’ve made a note of it! The photo of you meeting your mentor is lovely – big smiles and joy!

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  3. The dense coverage of trees that you portrayed in your photos seems somewhat different than what I previously envisioned for a Mediterranean climate in arid Spain. Correct my analysis please.

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    1. This is a different area to most in Andalucia. High up in a mountain range that gets rain. Should be wetter than most of southern Spain. And with much more greenery from chestnuts and other oaks in summer and all the evergreens throughout the year.

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  4. Beautiful photos and I love the concept of your book! Plants have awareness and communicate to one another. There is interesting research and conclusions on the matter. As a plant lover, I’m sure I will like your book. If I (can) buy it with USD, I will absolutely give it a review.

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