Gorgeous Yellow Bee Orchid (Ophrys lutea)
The Mirror of Venus Orchid (Ophrys speculum)
Excited to say that many of these Ophrys were used and may still be used in Algarve herbal medicine. More research is needed. One thing I have learned is that the Yellow Bee Orchid can give strength when one is recovering from illness.
This plant is called Blue Hound's Tongue (Cynoglossum creticum). It is funny that this flower should be growing around our way! As there are many dogs around, os cães in Portuguese. These dogs have a lot to say, which tickles me as blue links to communication.
They live in neighbouring villages and they speak to each other over long stretches of land (I think...) and then there is quiet as they await the responses, which come after a while! The dogs will also bark at new noises and although we are not exactly sure what goes on, sometimes the geese get involved and my oh my a party of sorts seems to go on!