After all the rock hopping of yesterday I needed an easy day. I chose to stroll along the Cami de Castello to enjoy the peace and quiet and to see what wild flowers I could find. The route is varied following cobbled donkey trails, dirt tracks and a country lane. I started from Can Prohom and walked down to Soller and onwards to the port.
The route is well signposted and there are several options to shorten the route such as the Cami de Rocafort and the Cami des Monts Real but today I continued along to Soller. The final mile was along a concrete track but this was more than compensated for by the views of the Soller valley and across to Mig Dia.
After yesterdays rain everywhere was fresh and there were lots of butterflies about but none came near enough to me to enable me to get a photo. I concentrated on looking for wild flowers.
There were lots of Periwinkle, Vinca Difformis and wild garlic
I found the blue variety of the Scarlet Pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis.
The Greeks used this plant as a cure for melancholy whilst in the middle ages it was used to treat mental illness. The flowers open in the morning and close by 3.00pm at the latest. The flowers also close when the sky is overcast or if rain is on the way so it can be used as a weatherglass.
Close by was some Oxalis Per-caprae, Bermuda buttercup.
This is an invasive species and it contains a high concentration of Oxalic acid.
I also found some Spiny Golden Star, Pallenis spinosa, which I had never noticed before.
The large yellow flowers are surrounded by sharply pointed bracts.
I was back by lunchtime with time to relax before my final walk tomorrow.