Wildflower wednesday: Anyone for golf?

On a recent trip to Lisbon with The Traveller,  I was unable to play golf  because of a sore neck. I wasn’t too upset as it gave me the opportunity to walk around the edges of the course, discovering the wonderful wild flowers.

WARNING: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME – walking around a golf course can be dangerous if you are not walking along with a group of golfers and don’t understand where balls are likely to come from to land on your head! Of course if the group are not very good that could be equally precarious! (Don’t tell The Traveller I said that!)

Many of these photos were taken with an unfamiliar phone so the quality is a bit below par (get it?) but you should be able to see what they are.

These were growing everywhere and look very like some I have in the garden only smaller.

Wild osteospermum?

Wild osteospermum?

wild_osteospermum_border

There were lots of beautiful flowers that I couldn’t name…

wildflower

wildflower 1

These were mostly pink but occasionally white.

wildflower

wildflower 2

wildflower 3

wildflower 3

wildflower 4

wildflower 4

wildflower 5

wildflower 5

Can anyone out there fill in the names?

Some flowers were quite familiar, however.

I hadn’t seen these little Scarlet Pimpernels for so long.

scarlet pimpernel

scarlet pimpernel

There were quite a few banks full of lovely bright nasturtiums…

nasturtiums

nasturtiums

There were dog roses everywhere, but no scent.

Dogrose

Dogrose

Unlike this honeysuckle which smelled wonderful.

Wild honeysuckle

Wild honeysuckle

There were interesting trees too along the way.

Trumpet tree?

Trumpet tree?

Mimosa

Mimosa

Bottle brush

Bottle brush/callistemon

Some plants were not very golfer-friendly

Prickles

Prickles

Thistle

Thistle

and neither was some of the wildlife.

Ants

Ants

Not a good idea to stand still too long lining up that shot!

On the other hand some wildlife was just adorable!

Baby duck

Baby duck

No sign of any Albatrosses or Eagles but there were a few  nice Birdies (another golfing pun – sorry).

Hoopoo

Hoopoo

The grasses around the course were so beautiful, blowing in the breeze – not always easy to photograph though.

Please click on this gallery to see the individual images at full size.

This succulent looks a bit bigger than the one on my friend’s windowsill!

aloe vera

aloe vera?

The next day I did play golf, but I again spent quite a lot of time off the edge of the course!

The third day I was back photographing the flowers. . . .

Many thanks to Gail to  for hosting this meme. Why not pop over to Clay and Limestone to see more beautiful wild flowers.

 

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13 thoughts on “Wildflower wednesday: Anyone for golf?

  1. A wildflower post! Goody, I love them. I must go to Portugal, what lovely flowers.
    Number 1. The lovely gentian blue flower is a blue pimpernel: Lysimachia monelli, it used to be Anagallis. Number 2. The pretty pink flower is Centaury: Centaurium erythraea. 3 is the lovely wild Gladiolus segetum. 4 is Broomrape: Orobanche minor which doesn’t t make chlorophyll, it is parasitic on clover. 5 is Echium plantagineum. The lovely trumpet tree is Brugmansia- beautiful but very poisonous.
    You are so lucky to see a Hoopoo what a lovely bird.

    • Thanks so much for all the names – you have saved me a lot of hunting. You certainly know your wild flowers. I am not so good, but hope to get better as I think this is a great meme to join it. The end of the month is getting rather busy though. Yes, we first saw a hoopoo somewhere on holiday when the children were small. The fell about laughing all holiday when we told them its name! It took me a long time to get a photograph as they were rather shy birds and my lens wasn’t quite strong enough!
      Are any of those wild flowers rare? They were all really beautiful anyway.

  2. I’ll ask the Golfer whether he likes the look of this golf course! Isn’t Chloris amazing being able to name all those flowers? But well done to you for finding and photographing them

    • Tell the Golfer the Traveller says it was daunting yet forgiving! It was a beautiful course though edged with mature pine and eucalyptus trees and all those pretty flowers. There were swallows swooping overhead and hoopoes just out of reach as well as the gorgeous ducklings following their mum across the course. Yes, Chloris certainly knows her wild flowers – I looked them up after she named them and there were some very interesting plants.

  3. Fascinating to see Annette. Haven’t been near a golf course in years, used to play in our local course when we were kids, so know the hazards!
    Nice to see what ‘s growing over there in Portugal – thanks for sharing.

  4. Annette, Thanks for stopping by and reading about my pink bluebell. Took a gander at your blog and find it very beautiful. Especially love the Hoopoo. I’ve never heard of such a bird, let alone seen one. What a lovely bird! Now I’ll have to write a post about him! I’ll enjoy seeing more of your garden adventures and do stop in and say hi from time to time. Take care, Debbie

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