Last year I was obsessing about all the orchids in South-West France, but this year we are here a couple of weeks earlier, and this part of France has had a very harsh winter, so there are no orchids about yet.
Instead, I am obsessing about cowslips. These beautiful spring flowers are endangered in the wild in the UK nowadays, because of the loss of their habitat. I don't know if they are officially endangered in France too, but they are certainly thriving right here in Tarn-et-Garonne. Along all the verges, and in all the fields up the sides of the mountains, there are big patches of these acid yellow-green flowers.
They look shy, and bashful, as they raise their little flowers just ever so slightly towards the sun.
They are bright, jolly, sweet little flowers - the essence of springtime.