AFTER THE fires that devastated some 812 hectares in Javea and Benitachell in September last year, residents are delighted to see hillsides of Lapiaz (next to the public park of les Cansalades) and Pinosol dyed a fabulous fuschia pink, covered in Wild Gladioli.
The bloom on the mountain was expected after a winter of excessive rain and unusual snow but not to such excess… even in the shallower soils, flowers are budding.
Wild Gladioli belong to the Iris family and grow in grasslands and rocky areas. In the Roman era, triumphant gladiators were given a bouquet of Gladioli as a symbol of victory. Could the showering of Gladioli across the scorched mountain represent the victory of life over the destruction of fire for Javea?