Category Archives: wildflowers

The camera you have

I went for a walk in the rain today, and on a whim decided to trek into a field I know well for its orchid population in spring. It’s really too soon for any orchids; they shouldn’t be there until … Continue reading

Posted in wildflowers | 7 Comments

Wallpaper Monday

Our long summer drought has broken, and it has been raining off and on for two weeks now. Sometimes the rain falls in showers, other times in gully washers so ferocious that most of the town is obscured behind the … Continue reading

Posted in wildflowers | Leave a comment

It’s winterspring!

I have come to the conclusion that the Algarve does not have a real winter. First it has an autumn, which lasts two months or so and is marked by the first rains after the summer drought. In most temperate … Continue reading

Posted in biology, life, Portugal, wildflowers | 3 Comments

Kew flowers

For some reason, all of our previous trips to London have been in the dead of winter. This time we managed to arrive in early spring, and were thus treated to the spring bulb display at Kew Gardens. I have … Continue reading

Posted in travel, wildflowers | 10 Comments

Alentejo flower show

To our dismay, the weather for my parents’ visit was utter crap, raining quite a lot and always cool even when the sun did shine. At no time did they experience what we think of as a normal late March … Continue reading

Posted in Portugal, wildflowers | 13 Comments

Wallpaper Monday

Sanphet Prasat Palace (also called the White Palace), Thailand. Or at least a replica of it — the original was burned to the ground when Burma invaded in 1767, leaving only the raised red brick base. Sanphet Prast can be … Continue reading

Posted in wildflowers | 1 Comment

A typical spring scene

Cape sorrel (Oxalis pes-caprae, also known as Bermuda buttercup) is blooming rampantly across the countryside these days. It’s not native, having been introduced to Malta around 1806 and spreading from there. Within 50 years it carpeted the Mediterranean region, cheering … Continue reading

Posted in Portugal, wildflowers | 3 Comments

In search of the friar’s cowl

A couple of weeks ago, I took the long version of my hill walk on the first sunny day we’d had in days. At the top of the hill, I stopped to look out over the valley and the last … Continue reading

Posted in Portugal, wildflowers | 2 Comments