Muro Nature Reserve Mallorca

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Although we’ve been visiting Alcudia in June for years, the weather is normally too hot to do much serious walking.  However, this year, a cloudy day combined with some navigation difficulties (ie not checking the map before we set out for a walk) led us to the nature reserve at Muro.  I’m so glad we came across it.  Last time we visited, a few years back, we had hired cycles and spent more time trying not to get run over on the main road than we did appreciating the scenery, so this visit was a treat.

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For nature lovers there is some seriously pretty plant life.  I loved this sea holly (above)which looks much better in this habitat than the one in my cottage garden looks at home. I’ve added some pics of a few other plants, although don’t know what they are.

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The boardwalk also offers some fantastic views across the Bay of Alcudia.

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Well worth a visit if you get the chance.  Can anyone identify the other plants?

The Flowerpowerlife Aromatherapy Kitchen Garden

Since I last wrote about the importance of aromatherapy in my life,  I’ve been inspired by some wonderful medicinal herb gardens and have made some decisions.

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Aromatherapy massage is just a very small part of this huge world and it’s one that I won’t be venturing into.

Instead I plan to bring aromatherapy into my kitchen and garden!

1. Grow as many medicinal plants as I can fit into my tiny plot (I already have quite a few but it’s an excuse to buy more plants I know).

2. Experiment with more essential oils in candles, scrubs, lotions etc.

3. More research on plants and their uses.   RHS Tatton next week here we come!

4. Make beauty products with herbs and flowers.

I know that I’ve finally found the right path on my aromatherapy journey and I look forward to sharing it with you.

A Walk Around My Garden: February

Taking a wander around the plot this week, you can really feel spring in the air.   There are daffs and tulips pushing through and a few clumps of snowdrops are showing their pretty little heads.

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This hellebore has been flowering for weeks but the camellia is stubbornly refusing to come out of bud.

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At this time of year, the lawn (aka scruffy patch of grass) is like a quagmire and it makes the whole garden look a bit of a mess.  In a funny way though, I can identify with the scruffiness as it’s a bit like me with my mad hair!   I’ve never been a tidy gardener.  I get excited about the plants, but not necessarily the way the garden looks.  I like to see plants crammed together and love seeing clematis clambering up whatever happens to get in its path.

The other thing about my garden is that it’s a haven for birds.  The pyracantha has been virtually destroyed by a happy household of sparrows, but I don’t have the heart to hard prune it and turf them out.  We have a copse of trees behind us, so regularly get visits from nuthatches, sparrowhawks, woodpeckers and long tailed tits as well as our live in families of blue tits, great tits, robins and wood pigeons.  Our blackbirds are wise to the fact that we are a soft touch and wait, not so patiently, on the shed roof for their morning treat of sultanas.

Next  month  I’ll have more to report on the plant front I hope!    I’ve acquired a couple of new plant books to keep me amused ’til then.

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Happy  gardening!