An American living in Spain for twenty-odd years, this lady is making her home in La Mancha with her Spanish husband, two boys, one cat, one dog and a whole lot of love...
Your natural environment looks to be much like ours here in Southern California. I've been introducing more natives, although, in our urban setting, they don't always perform as well as they might have 100 years ago so I use a lot of adapted exotics too, especially those from other Mediterranean regions.
It is odd, isn't it, that such tough plants do so well in their natural environment but cannot withstand the slightest change in terrain. Soil amendments and drip irrigation are out of the question, and the only way I have been able to transplant our native lavender and thyme is in the dead of winter after a good rain, when the soil is its softest. Unfortunately, because of our freezing winter temperatures and high winds, many plants that do well in Southern California and on the Mediterranean coast would not survive here at all. It makes me better appreciate these native toughies!
Your images say it all. They are beautiful.
Lovely pictures from the rural Spanish country side! Wish I could come in springtime. The flowers look so natural and beautiful. Love it. About the Fiat 500 in my blog, I also had to wait for years until my daughters left the house! Your time will come. Groetjes Hetty
Hetty, you have an open invitation to visit whenever you want, but not in the summer! Even we have a hard time surviving summer in LaMancha. BTW, I rode in my niece's new 500 the other day - so cute, and convertible!