Not unusual to see horses grazing in the meadows surrounding Olhao's saltpans

Not unusual to see horses grazing in the meadows surrounding Olhao’s saltpans

As a northern European one of the delights of the Algarve is that even in the depth of winter it feels like spring – not only is it warmer but there are always flowers.  So being here in spring it is almost overwhelming with the flora.

DSCN9480The Ria Formosa is so beautiful (and would be even prettier if there was less plastic, but that’s a future post)

I have so many photographs of the gorgeous flora in the Ria Formosa, it is probably going to take a few posts to share everything.  Here is just a little of what we have seen over the past few days.

An Echium, but undecided on exactly which one it is!

An Echium, but undecided on which one it is!

A Moorish Gecko - I think!

A Moorish Gecko – I think!

But I prefer to think of them as Ria Formosa miniature dragons.

But I prefer to think of them as Ria Formosa miniature dragons.

Crown Daisy are everywhere (from the Chrysanthemum family) and look stunning

Crown Daisy are everywhere (from the Chrysanthemum family) and look stunning

Yellow Broom Rape - a parasite plant which almost seems to appear overnight.

Yellow Broom Rape – a parasite plant which almost seems to appear overnight.

Pretty sure this is Hollow-stemmed Asphodel

Pretty sure this is Hollow-stemmed Asphodel

Almond Blossom has its own Moorish legend here in the Algarve.  Not only does it look wonderful but it smells like honey.

Almond Blossom has its own Moorish legend here in the Algarve. Not only does it look wonderful but it smells like honey.

It looks like a geranium, but not found its name yet.  Quite a few around.

When I first posted this wasn’t sure what this was.  I now know – its a Small Tree Mallow.

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Hisbiscus rosa-sinensis

You may have noticed some photographs are without captions.  I am working on this!  It is just there is a little problem . . . . . . I don’t actually know the name of everything I am photographing yet.  I’ve set myself the challenge of getting to know the names of what I am observing.  This will be helped enormously once I get my hands on the Field Guide to Wildflowers in the Algarve which my wonderful mum has bought me for Easter, but in the meanwhile I’m doing what I can via two helpful websites – Algarve Wildlife and Valter Jacinto’s photo gallery.

Is it the stumpy  centuary?

Is it the stumpy centuary?

If though there are any flowers you know the name of but I have yet to label, then please do let me know by leaving a comment below.

Ice Plants on Armona

Ice Plants on Armona