I thought I would show you some of the things that I have found living in the walls nearby.
Ferns of various sorts:
Succulents of various sorts:
Wisteria (growing through a hole in the wall):
A baby oak sapling:
And I haven’t been fast enough to photograph them yet (so it’s not my photo), but he had to be included – the common wall lizard:
It’s mid-April, and purple seems to have taken over as the colour of the moment.
Swags of wisteria adorn stone buildings in every village and hamlet, filling the air with their perfume. I especially like walking around the hamlet in the early evening when the smell seems to be magnified by the warmth radiating off the stone walls, and hangs trapped between the houses.
I have heard the scent of wisterias described as sweet, or musky, or honey-like. To me it is sweet, but also slightly nutmeggy, although I’m sure different varieties have different scents.
Next are the purple irises, which seem to grow like wildflowers. Not only can they be found in gardens and growing along the bottom (or the tops) of garden walls, but clumps of them can be seen in the verges and even in more wild and remote parts of the countryside. Again, they have the most wonderful scent. It is delicate, but I’m sure a large clump in full bloom in the sun would have a good go at scenting the air around.
Back to more cultivated areas, growing in gardens but also sometimes in hedgerows, lilac trees are now in full bloom. While the white-flowered variety bring a lovely freshness, the shades of the deeper purple-flowered variety can be quite striking, especially when the flowers are newly-opened and before they start to fade. Do I need to mention that they smell wonderful? Maybe something to do with being purple…
Finally, one of the most notable trees in gardens at the moment is the Judas tree, Cercis siliquastrum. The trees are clothed in the deep pinky-purple pea-shaped blossoms, outlining the shape of each branch and twig. As the flowers come before the leaves, it makes for quite an unusual sight. Unfortunately I haven’t yet got close enough to a Judas tree to see if they smell nice as well. Maybe when I plant one in my own garden I will find out! It was also harder to get good photos of them, seeing as they mostly grow in peoples gardens on the outskirts of towns around here…