We wanted to escape the damp and dismal days of November. Four of us all wanted sunshine and mountains and I wanted flowers. So we went to Madeira.
We walked the levadas, which are canals bringing water to the crops planted on the precipitous mountainsides.
And the flowers fulfilled all my expectations. There are so many beautiful flowers endemic to Madeira but there are also many garden escapes that thrive and spread in the sub- tropical climate. These Amaryllis belladonna were spreading all over the rocks.
Gorgeous Aloe arborescens, an introduction from South Africa seems very invasive. I wish it would invade my garden.
This next plant is a Ligularia. I have never seen one like this before. It is Ligularia tussilaginea. I wonder if it is hardy.
There were some gorgeous succulents, particularly this Agave attenuata which comes from Mexico but grows everywhere here. It has huge arched flower heads.
This diminutive native marigold grows wild. It is so pretty, I wish I could get seeds of it.
I have never seen this plant, Gomphocarpus physocarpus before with its huge seedheads.
I have no idea what these berries are.
I love this huge Madeiran Scilla, I think it would look lovely in a pot. It is Scilla maderensis.
I was intoxicated by the abundance of flowers. Here are some more beauties.
Madeira really is the island of flowers. Now I can’t wait to go back and see it at other times of the year. Meanwhile it is nice to be home. It would be even nicer if only it would stop raining,