Sending fresh flowers online is nothing new but receiving letterbox flowers certainly is - and Bloom & Wild were the first to do it. October-The fruits are shiny black-Sotogrande, The lightwight seeds fall to the ground from where many are picked up and scattered by the wind, Tagged August wildflowers in Spain, large white flowers on beach in Spain, Pancratium maritimum, Sea daffodil, Sea Lily. Being in flower early in the year, the Bermuda buttercup, for all its faults does provide useful nectar to the earlier flying insects such as Violet Carpenter bees and the pretty Moroccan Orange-tip butterfly. It was apparent that the birds here were all still in the process of raising families, a good couple of weeks behind those at our lower altitude. A fairly widespread species in Spain in the Spring, the Moroccan Orange tip is similar to the Orange tip, Anthocharis cardamines, found in Northern Europe but with a yellow ground colour. We saw Storks on their nests from here too where the road crosses the railway line, but had much better views once on the road driving towards Jimena. UK. 14:22 Another fairly gentle upward section of path. A bird was singing too, but we did not recognise the song until we heard it again later and saw it was that of a male Redstart. 3. Further on there were more, a Wall Brown basking on the road, numbers of Marsh Fritillaries, a Black-veined White, a Small Skipper and a lovely Scarce Swallowtail that glided gracefully around flowering shrubbery but didn’t stop. We’re the UK’s top-rated online florist. Not related to buttercups at all and actually a sorrel, the flowers are large, yellow and funnel-shaped; the petals are 20-25mm long and borne in broad umbels. Bloom & Wild currently operates in France and Germany, and would like to expand this further, with a goal of being the best-loved flower brand across Europe. We are a florist in Spain that will go the extra mile to encapsulate this infectious energy. CODE £10 Off Your First Purchase . Final bird, butterfly and moth sightings for the day from our group as a whole: Golden Eagle(2), Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle (lt ph), Griffon Vultures, Chough (50-60), Jay, Blackbird,Cirl Bunting, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Bonelli’s Warbler,Chiffchaff, Nuthatch (pair), Stonechat, Wheatear, Black-eared Wheatear. A single gull looked out from a rock outcrop above me. The character of the surrounding habitat changes dramatically once you’ve crossed the river. The flowers are held in a much-branched inflorescence that puts me in mind of a slightly wonky candelabra; individual flowers are star-shaped, white and has 6 petals, or tepals, each striped with a pinky brown midvein. In North Africa, they are commonly used for making huts. A Jay was a little more obliging, sitting halfway up a better-lit trunk. 12:52 – First stop to look back at the way I’d just walked around the edge of the cliffs. Arriving at the area recreativo, situated well inside the park, at about 10am it was already sunny but still coolish, perfect weather for walking. 08.17 – Excitement as an incoming Marsh Harrier dashes overhead-the sighting was brief, but we thought a male as has black wingtips. 3.0. We’re the UK’s top-rated online florist. Common Asphodel can sometimes be seen covering large areas of open uncultivated fields. It’s hard to envisage that at times when rainfall has been heavy and prolonged the river level often rises and flows out to fill and cover the track up to here and beyond. They mercilessly mob migrating raptors which they perceive as potential threats to their young and of course they have to be kept at bay from the airfield. The flowers of the Spanish Oyster plant are very attractive to insects too, particularly bees, which clamber over the anthers to access nectar, covering themselves in pollen on the way. 08:38 – It’s warmed up considerably and the sky above the Eucalyptus trees is that almost-impossible shade of clear dark blue. My last pictures of the morning here was of a large Wall Lizard, that looked like it was in the process of shedding its skin. You can't buy your own item. I love this view of a gull that was sitting on a rock above looking over its edge. Bloom and Wild wants to share their love of flowers with you, so they offer various workshops throughout the year where you can learn all about the craft. This is always a busy road, but we risked a very quick stop so I could take this photograph: Parent White Storks with their grown-up young. You just have to pick a theme and a place where you want to enjoy it. Then came birds I had no problems identifying; a foraging family party of Blue Tits, this one looks a little bit odd, but it may be a young one in the process of growing its adult feathers. The shape of the top of the tree gives it the common name of Umbrella Pine. 11/6/11-Wild Gladiolus- Gladiolus illyricus. It’s unpalatable to animals, which graze around and between the plants; spot the cow doing just that in the left of the photograph below. Along the edge of the field are bales of hay wrapped in white plastic, a common sight in the fields now. We took a different route home as I was keen to see the progress of the Stork families, so at the entrance/exit to the park, rather than turning left towards San Roque town, we turned right to go to San Roque Estacion. I was going to take a walk along the Mediterranean Steps path. Mature leaves are also made into mats, screens, baskets and fans. Evident today but almost at the end of its flowering, 11/6/11-Still in full flower the lovely Common White Rockrose-Helianthemum appeninum, 11/6/11- A small quiet flower with a wonderful name- Melancholy Toadflax- Linaria tristis, 11/6/11-The lovely Grey-leaved Cistus-Cistus albidus, whose pretty flowers resemble crumpled paper is very attractive to insects. One of the first to catch my eye as there’s quite a lot of it, was a white-flowered umbellifer. It was growing on the edge of a made track, bright sunshine cast the plant’s shadow onto the adjacent rock and also made it tricky to get a clear image of the bright white flowers. The flowers are starry and white There are several species that look similar to one another, but in Southern Spain and Gibraltar the two most likely to be seen are the Common Asphodel and the White Asphodel. Bermuda buttercup also occurs in a double-flower form & flowers may be more of a coppery-yellow colour. ), that involved scaling a very ill-defined loose shale track, probably made by sure-footed goats, that would take us higher up our mountain and meet up with the surfaced track that would take us back down to the bottom of it. 12:58 A good view of the Europa Point Lighthouse, also known as the Trinity Lighthouse down below. This will allow you to enjoy your blooms for seven days or longer. The plant produces copious quantities of underground ‘true bulbs’ in botanical terms through which it largely propogates. My prize for the most eye-catching and dramatic thistle of them all must go to the Cardoon – Cynara cardunculus. This is a very quiet road, particularly since the new stretch of dual carriageway was constructed, and is not in very good repair, but it is much more scenic and tuneful too – we must have heard at least half a dozen snatches of Nightingale song as we passed by. We're putting the joy back into the gifting of flowers. The one reasonable photograph I got doesn’t help much, but here it is anyway, in case anyone else has a clue. The Bermuda Buttercup looks pretty, but it is a widespread weed of cultivated and waste land, roadsides, olive groves, vineyards, plantations & orchards that spreads rapidly and has a reputation for being difficult to eradicate once it has established itself and spread over an area of land. :- A lovely metallic green winged day-flying moth They lay their eggs singly onto their Larval Host Plants (LHPs): Buckler Mustard (Biscutella laevigata), B. auriculum & B. ambiguavarious brassica plants. Escher’s Blue Agrodiaetus escheri;Painted Lady Cynthia cardui; Small White Pieris rapae; Bath White Pontia daplidice; Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius;Spanish Festoon Zerynthia rumina; Spanish Gatekeeper Pryonis bathseba;Wall Brown Lasiommata megera; Iberian Marbled White Melanargia lachesis;Brown Argus Aricia cramera; Large Grizzled Skipper Muschampia proto;Lulworth Skipper Thymelicus acteon; Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris;Mallow Skipper Carcharodus alceae; Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas;Cardinal Fritillary:- Argynnis pandora; Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria; Grayling Hipparchia semele; Clouded Yellow Colias crocea; Cleopatra Gonepteryx cleopatra, Forester sp. 09:10 At the field entrance, it’s lovely to see wildflowers once strongly associated with cornfields all over Europe, including the British Isles; golden yellow Corn Marigold Crysanthemum segentum and scarlet poppies, Papaver rhoeas also sometimes known as Corn Poppies. Marsh Fritillary Euphydras aurinia; Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina; The shady woods are a lovely outdoor ‘breathing space’ for families living in the local towns and villages, and are probably the most popular nature spot for miles around. I have received 3 beautiful bouquets from them in the past, all lasting for 2 weeks, but the gift from my lovely friend sent a couple of days ago was not up to the usual high quality standard. We’re the UK’s top-rated online florist. While we’re known for letterbox-flower gifting, we thought it was time you deserved some blooms, for you. At Bloom & Wild, we believe that the experience of sending and receiving flowers should be as delightful as the beautiful blooms we deliver. Six villages in Asturias - Bimenes, Cabranes, Colunga, Nava, Sariegu and Villaviciosa - are known as the “Cider District”. Whether I’m right or wrong, I love this image with the textures, patterns and shades of green of water and weedy algae stuff. It’s definitely a Mullein- or Verbascum, but I’m not completely sure of the specific species just now. This traditional celebration, now on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, fills the streets with happy people and the wonderful scent of orange blossom. Stone Pines backlit by the sun with Cork Oaks behind. We climbed a little higher, rounding a bend onto a more level section of the trail where it loops around the side of the mountain. A significant plant I haven’t mentioned yet is the Giant Tangier Fennel – a wonderfully architectural plant that towers over your head and leans in to frame many a view out to sea. We heard a Robin singing and spotted him perched on a low branch next to the path, flying off as we approached. A small river, el Rio de Valle reaches the sea here and its small estuary attracts a variety of wading birds, particularly during peak migration periods. Hello! It's also the first campaign from Other - the latest addition to the Mother family of independent creative agencies. I took this picture from the other side to the way I was walking, so looking back the way I’d come with the river flowing from left to right. The plant’s strikingly handsome leaves were often replicated as architectural embellishments, particularly around the capitals of Corinthian columns. From shop FabricParty. They are tricky butterflies to photograph as they fly quite fast and don’t settle often, but they do seem to be attracted to the flowers of Bermuda buttercup where it occurs in their ranges. From the outset there were plants to stop and look at. 09:08 – In the big field at the top of the track there is activity. Spain is a bedazzling and memorable part of the world. Here I found the pale lemon flowered Rabbit’s Bread Andryala integrifolia, in Spanish, Pan de Conejo. We're putting the joy back into the gifting of flowers. You may well have noticed the green, strap-like leaves of the plant in previous months – they stay green until late in the summer, just until the flowers are ready to open, when they turn brown and wither. We saw a Nightingale too, very unusually perched on a power cable near the junction of this road and the new one. Often valued as a garden plant, in the wild it spreads like wildfire to the detriment of other more desirable native plants, and is all too common in all habitats throughout the Rock. The piles of paperbacks and DVDs were gone. Spain / Portugal / South Africa / Ethiopia / Holland ... Bloom & Wild W.301 Vox Studios London SE11 5JH. 08:17 – I’m not good at identifying frogs, especially as there’s so much variation in shading and patterning even within the same species, but I think this pleasantly plump one sunbathing on a rock may be a Marsh Frog? 08:01 – I spot a wildflower that is a new species to me and one that I could easily have missed. I left it to the experts to ooh and aah at the really tiny ‘micros’ and concentrated on the bigger, showier ones that I had a hope of recognising if I ever see them again! There’s another curve in the track before the river comes into view and again I walked carefully around, this time hoping to catch sight of the Grey Wagtail family we’d also seen the other evening. It’s not silent though: the accompanying sounds of gulls are almost constant and can get rather raucous at times. I was only planning to go as far as the river. Further round to the north of Sandy Bay is Catalan Bay. The slope on which they sat is the Great Gibraltar Sand Dune, an ancient consolidated sand dune. On the stony ground below was Rough bugloss. I would have loved to be able to stay chasing butterflies for longer, but it was time to go home and rest up the anticipated aching muscles. Black-veined White Aporia crataegi ;Queen of Spain Fritillary Issoria lathonia;Common Blue Polyommatus icarus; Lorquins Blue Cupido lorquinii; Care Wildly is a bold move for the online florist - it rejects category cliches that see care and gifting as something passive, instead focusing on the bravery and … Populations of the mountain and coastal towns and villages increase manyfold now, both with the influx of foreign tourists and of Spanish families opening up their holiday homes, seeking escape from the intense heat of inland towns and cities. Its long wings and stripy eyes suggest it an immature Egyptian Grasshopper. There are excellent transport links to our destinations. As you can see the vegetation here is a blend of native shrubs and herbs backed by Eucalyptus trees and punctuated with an exotic Palm tree. Found only in the southern mountains of Andalucia and in the north of Morocco, botanists discovered that the pinsapo had been around since the Tertiary geological time period – predating the Ice Age. I didn’t sit still for long as I saw or heard things that caught my attention. This lovely tall branching plant, has delicate-looking pretty lemon-yellow flowers with violet-purple stamens at their centres. Common Asphodel covering a large field, La Janda, Cadiz (February). The flowers have more than compensated for their lack. I spotted another down in the water that may, or may not be a Painted Frog. These are the blooms of the Sea Daffodil or Sea Lily Prancaium maritimum. In September, a slight increase in humidity brings forth the appearance of the yellow-flowered Aromatic, or Sticky Inula, which is similar in appearance to Ragwort. I don’t know his species, but according to the GONHS website, frogs present here in Gibraltar are introduced and of the species Rana (Pelophylax) perezi (Perez’s Marsh Frog). Here in North Wales this afternoon the temperature is 9C, it’s windy and the humidity 76% – rain was predicted but so far has missed us. Hundreds of Yellow-legged gulls populate Gibraltar and you can’t go far without encountering one or two. I think its Latin name Coronilla valentina is much prettier. Leaves. 11:30 Once on the path the bulk of the Rock gave complete shelter from the wind and it was warm and sunny, perfect conditions for my style of walking – leisurely ambling punctuated with frequent stops to take photographs. More obliging was one of several equally lovely Spanish Festoons. So it clearly does have a nest nearby, probably on the ground in the brambly vegetation, but quite rightly was waiting for me to go before going to it. If you are not 100% satisfied with the Bloom and Wild flowers you received, the Customer Delight team will go … 20-jul-2014 - Agave begins to bloom in the wild. There were more! This was where we discovered that our previously unrecognised singing bird had been a male Redstart; one was singing from the very top of a Pinsapo pine in front of us but growing from lower down the slope, so we had a very good view with binoculars. I took this photograph way back in 2005 since when there has been a lot of development and construction on both the Spanish mainland and on Gibraltar itself, but I’m sure the view remains stunning. Gran Canaria, Almond trees in bloom in Quinta de los Molinos. The shadow of leaving the EU means it is hard for Bloom & Wild – as is the case for many UK businesses - to make concrete plans. Rainwater flowed down the slope into an open channel which fed into the reservoir system inside The Rock. 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