It was a treasure discovered by sheer luck – which happened on a hot day in Lagos, Portugal. The sun seemed to be following us without mercy as we walked on cobblestones through the old city. When we spotted one of the few green spaces set aside as a park, we gratefully sank down on a bench. None of these green spaces is particularly well taken care of, but even so, green is green, and we enjoyed the shade of the trees on a hot summer day.
Birds few by the wall so we eventually got up to see them and the wall — that’s when we spotted our treasure. The very smallest grouping of wildflowers huddled together in the grass, protected by a bush. They were all small plants, in bloom (with glorious colors!), and the little “garden” wasn’t much larger than a doormat. Beth swooped in to take some photos.
A few days later it was time to see if we could find out something about these little beauties. After a few searches, a helpful photo site featuring Algarve wildflowers, taken by Valter Jacinto, proved to be helpful in identifying all of the flowers.
We forgot about the heat and the birds. What a great discovery! We had remarked how sad the park looked before we made our discovery but then realized that the park’s minimal maintenance had probably spared this little wildflower garden from being cut down.
Wonderful sights are there for those who look.