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