DAY 19 (24 APR) – Lavender (Lavandula augustifolia) (Vejer de la Frontera, Spain)
Lavender growing wild beside a disused windmill. Its nectar is attracting loads of bees (they look like pictures of mining bees…) or hover flies – hard to tell which.
The surprise is that it’s English lavender, with the long narrow flowers – not the more flamboyant French variety that normally grows here.
In Spain, where superstition thrives, lavender has been used on bonfires or strewn on church floors at the festival of San Juan in June to ward off evil spirits.