A recent post on the blog Life on La Lune spurred me into action – I had to get out and photograph some wildflowers before they faded!! Today was the perfect day – we’d had rain yesterday and nature looked so lush and clean!
Sturdy shoes – tick. Camera bag – tick. Spare camera battery – tick. Macro lens – tick.
In Saint-Chinian we are so lucky to be able to find great walks in pretty much every direction. Some walks are a little more challenging, such as the one I took today, but it is still an easy walk. I set off along the D177, leaving the market square in the direction of Assignan.
In Languedoc, there is something flowering at any time of the year, even if it’s just common daisies. I promise you that you’ll always find at least one kind of plant flowering, whenever you go for a walk!
I kept my eyes open as I walked along the road – there are many flowers along the verges!
Trying to identify the plants whilst writing this post has been very educational! In order to differentiate whether the above plant belonged to the genus of taraxacum or hypochaeris, I would have had to have a look at the flower stem and the leaves! I won’t be able to tell for sure, since I didn’t photograph either… Luckily, help was at hand – my friend Gill Pound at La Petite Pepiniere identified the flower for me!! Did you know that in French, dandelion is called dent de lion and also pissenlit? Yes, it really means “pee in the bed”!! The young leaves of the plant are added to salads, and they are supposed to have diuretic properties, hence the second of the common names!! 🙂
The orchid below grew just on the other side of the ditch which runs along the road!
On my walk I saw a number of tassel hyacinths:
About 1 kilometre along the D177, a track turns off on the left and climbs the hillside. That’s where I continued my walk! Soon after the turn I came across this pretty flower – it was absolutely tiny, smaller than the nail on my little finger.
This plant with the pink flower bud was growing close-by, but I’ve no idea what it could be! Do you know what it could be?
I was able to identify the following plant – ribwort plantain. This simple herb is supposed to be highly effective for treating coughs and respiratory problems!!
A tiny thistle grew by the side of the road:
The path climbed fairly steeply until it came to a junction with Chemin de la Rouquette. I turned left here – the path continued level for some time, before it started to descend gently back towards the village.
Wild thyme is flowering everywhere, and insects love it! I’ve not been able to identify the insect in the picture below left. I think the one in the picture below right is a bumble bee.
In our area, wild orchids can still be found quite easily – these three beauties were in a field.
A little farther on, I came across this orchid:
The following two lady orchids grew within two metres of one another – one appeared to get more sun than the other.
Coronilla forms large shrubs, which flower abundantly in spring!
Certain types of euphorbia flourish in our area – it’s a genus which has around 2000 members. The poinsettia we see at Christmas time belongs to it.
This delicate pink flower looked so beautiful – there was a little wind, so taking a photograph was challenging!!
Another orchid – the first of two bee orchids I saw:
And this is the other one:
It was thrilling to see so many different orchids in one afternoon!! But there were many more humble flowers to be looked at!!
As I got closer to the village, there were a few lovely views!
What a wonderful finish to the walk – I feel so fortunate that I have all this on my doorstep!!