A short boat trip (weather permitting) gets us to a small island in a coastal lagoon which has a good range of mediterranean wild flowers and a site of Spanish Iris. Great views across the lagoon to the old fishing village of Bages.
I spent most of my first winter in the area wandering around this plateau (a Natura 2000 site of special natural interest). Plenty of dwarf iris and narcissus as well as a good selection of orchids (barlia, fusca, socolopax, aranifera, lutea) and one year I found a broad leaved helleborine.
The old 'chemin du facteur' or postman's walk takes us down the valley and then up onto a shoulder where we should find white asphodels, aphyllanthes monspeliensis, pyramidal orchids, thyme and phlomis. Good chance of spotting an eagle too!
This garden represents 20 years of patient planting and the result is a spectacular array of thousands of cacti, agaves and other interesting species nestled into a south facing rocky hillside. May usually provides the most spectacular flowering cacti but this garden is worth a visit at any time of the year. Dominique Jalabert's collection of agaves is classified of national interest and is one of the largest collections in France.