The garrigue which covers most uncultivated areas of land around the
Areas of garrigue symbolise these rocky hillsides so much that you might think they were natural but in fact they are the result of human activity over thousands of years. From the time of the earliest settlements around the
The result is a mix of plants, most of which are evergreen: holm oak (evergreen oak), olivettes (small wild olive trees), broom, arbutus, rosemary, thyme and other herbs, and a colourful display of flowers in spring from asphodel, orchids and numerous small plants which grow wherever they find space.
Extensive fires have been in the news around the
Some other spring wild flowers:
There is a good article in French about the garrigue here as well as other interesting nature articles about the Languedoc on the same website.
And a short article in English here on the history of the garrigue.
(this picture was taken at the end of November)