Knee deep grasses, wild flowers and butterflies

Walking barefoot again, taking lunch into the meadow and soaking up the sun's rays are part of life's simple pleasures in spring.

sweet pea Lathyrus odoratus

The delicate wild sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is abundant particularly where we harvest the lavender. It flowers for a few weeks and is remarkably hardy.

fountainhead andalucia spring

The approach up to Fountainhead is awash with greens and wild flowers.

butterfly orchid Orchis papilionacea

The pink butterfly orchid (Orchis papilionacea) looks fairly strong but its stem is delicate and easily crushed underfoot.

Wild gladiolus Gladiolus illyricus

Wild gladiolus (Gladiolus illyricus) appear in just a few guarded places.

bee orchid Ophrys tenthredinifera

A not so common sight, the bee orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera) grows in singular clumps, here one day, gone tomorrow.

The colours of spring are an inspiration. This silk scarf, hand painted by Ma'at Silk, depicts the spring flowers found around the hotel at this time.

green almonds

The first green velvety jackets of the new almond crop cling firmly to their branches, visibly getting bigger day by day.

Chloe, almost as pretty as the flowers.

wild flower wedding bouquet

A very special wedding bouquet, nothing more natural or spring-like than this.

For the guests, as they drive the hill, wondering where on earth they are going.