The miracle has happened again. And like any miracle, it is not usual. The desert has been filled with flowers. Millions of them cover the dry island of Fuerteventura this month, just as on the slopes and mountain peaks as in the plains.
The abundant rains in October and November are to blame. Between 50 and 80 liters per square meter on average, practically the same collected throughout last year. The figure can even double if it rains again in February and March. But it has not been necessary anymore. The alarm clock of nature has been frantically put to work and in a record time has changed the arid aspect of the island for an intense green that begins to transform into a multicolored floral spectacle. Weather without winds or hot weather, with maximum temperatures close to 25 degrees, has done the rest.
It is an explosion of flowers in every rule, the super blooming flower, as the Anglo-Saxon world calls it. But if you want to enjoy it, you must hurry. It is an ephemeral spectacle. In just one month the brown color will return to the island. Maybe it will not rain again in the next nine months. And the plants know it. They have been suffering from the harshness of this arid, unpredictable climate for millions of years.
A generalized idea holds that the lands of Fuerteventura are very fertile. And that’s why, as soon as it rains abundantly everything grows generously. But it is not true. In reality majorero soils are poor, have little organic wealth and too much salt. And so? How is the miracle of the flowery desert understood?
The secret is in the plants. Extremely intelligent species. The daughters of the cloud. They know that the rains are just a fleeting mirage. You can not be confused. Or take advantage of that water urgently to grow at full speed, flourish and reproduce, or surely there will be a second chance. Maybe those first rains are the last of the year. That’s why they launch into a frantic race against the clock.
Where the show becomes more viral is in abandoned farming fields. There the star species is the pajito (Chrysanthemum coronarium), a spectacular white-yellow daisy that is capable of producing more than 200,000 seeds per plant, hence its success. There are also many other multicolored seas, such as the yellow locks (Reichardia tingitana), the marigolds (Calendula aegyptiaca), the cow tongue dwellings (Echium lancerottense), the humble cousins of the Canarian tajinastes, the gilded yerba mate (Lotus lancerottensis) or the astonishing beautiful Canary Wallflowers (Matthiola longipetala).
All these flowers are already monopolizing the most viral photos of Instagram. What are you waiting for to have yours?