Another well known and abundant flower to be found in the Med' is the thistle-like Galactites (Galactites tomentosa), sometimes called Milk Thistle. Here, the flowers were being attended to by a number of pollen beetles which seemed intent on their labours in amongst the flower petals
Yet another common flower and another with pinkish petals is the Field Gladiolus (Gladiolus italicus). Again, they were fairly abundant in the shade of the pine trees, but their bright little flowers, held on a stalk up to two feet high, made them a joy to find.
A much smaller flower next and one which goes by the common name of Virgin's Mantle or in Spanish, Manto de la Virgen (Fagonia cretica). Found all over the Balearic Islands as well as the Alicante region of Mainland Spain, it is a plant which enjoys the arid conditions of a rocky coastline and seems to respond well to a tough habitat.
Lastly, a new 'tick' for me and one we were lucky to find as it was right at the end of it's flowering period. The flowers of this pale form Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) were showing signs of coming to an end, but it was still a joy to find. In some parts of the Mediterranean - particularly the Eastern end - the tuberous roots of this plant are dried and ground into a starchy flour called Salep and is used in drinks and deserts, but this one seemed safe enough.