Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Autumn Flora

Autumn Lady's Tresses Orchid

Autumn is coming and with it a flush of autumn flora on the farm (orchids included). These flowers are particularly noticeable in the meadows which were cut for hay in early summer and are now starting to produce their second crop of grass.

Devil's-bit Scabious

This second grass crop is known in Asturian as “El RetoƱo” which comes from the verb “retornar”; to return or come back, (the grass is returning, a rather lovely way of expressing it.)

Autumn Squill

Our farm is about 200meters above sea level and relatively close to the sea so it is quite warm. This means our spring flowers come early, with lots of orchids in flower by mid April but if you go up the mountains to about 800 meters the same plants won’t be in flower till at least one month latter. In contrast at this same altitude, 800m, the autumn flowers start blooming earlier than on our farm. A good example of nature adapting to her environment

Wild Garlic

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Hotel Posada del Valle is a small hotel in Asturias Northern Spain surrounded by its own organic farm and where we are passionate about organic farming, food, and sustainable livelihoods. In this Blog those of us who live and work at Hotel Posada del Valle open a door to share with all of you who are interested in what we are doing.