The following pictures are from our trip to Madeira in October 2007, My wife and I love Madeira and return each year, I hope in years to come to add to this site.

Some of the plant pictures are without names, if you can do the honors great!

Apart from the wonderful plants which can be found all over the island, the walking and scenery is wonderful 

011.JPG (327376 bytes)One of the glories of Madeira in the Autumn are the Kapok trees 012.JPG (231389 bytes) On our first day we went to the Eira de Sarrado which looks down on the Nuns valley 013.JPG (298114 bytes)
014.JPG (263578 bytes)After a cup of coffee  we decided we could manage the decent down the old post trail 015.JPG (364326 bytes)Fortunately plenty of time for frequent stops  016.JPG (155302 bytes) There are still a number of Madeira herbs and other flowering plants doing their thing in October, This also does well in Cornwall
017.JPG (173500 bytes) This came back with us one year by accident, the seed must have been on something else but its still with us 4 years on 018.JPG (349584 bytes) Recently cleared the path was easier than we thought 019.JPG (241212 bytes)
020.JPG (209194 bytes) 021.JPG (306869 bytes) On our way back from the Nuns valley we walked back up through the municipal park at the western end of the sea front 023.JPG (111516 bytes) Podranea is at its best in October, grows well in our garden but sadly does not flower out doors but only under glass
024.JPG (400637 bytes) This end of the Lavada dos Tornos is one of our favorite walks 026.JPG (200390 bytes)many pools and waterfalls along the way 027.JPG (314398 bytes)
028.JPG (293069 bytes)These viaduct type bridges look alarming as you approach but are easy to cross despite the drops 029.JPG (299712 bytes) 031.JPG (135402 bytes)Tail end of the Agapanthus which must look fabulous in August and September
032.JPG (142346 bytes) A Medeiran native this Solanum seems to pop up everywhere 033.JPG (67132 bytes) First time we have seen this, herding sheep along the Lavada path 035.JPG (150189 bytes)Its only on the higher Lavadas that it is cool enough for Passiflora, sadly although this looks like the Banana passion flower P.mollissima, its not, and P. tarminiana is not so nice to eat
037.JPG (227053 bytes) 039.JPG (232365 bytes) This slightly blury shot shows someone walking on the bit of Lavada we had just done, you get an idea of the steepness in places. 040.JPG (319532 bytes)Fortunately as we walk in shorts the brambles are never a problem, these even taste nice which is more than can be said for the madeiran strawberries which look exactly like the sweet wild strawberries in the uk but taste awful!
041.JPG (132822 bytes)October in Madeira as in Cornwall sees the start of the Amarylis flowering 042.JPG (491067 bytes) In some places the cover the slopes 043.JPG (220160 bytes)Its a shame I couldn't put the scent on line for you, especially strong at night
047.JPG (183241 bytes)Back at the hotel are many interesting plants, this Ginger Lily is one that rarely flowers back home 048.JPG (468037 bytes) 051.JPG (139585 bytes) Does well in Cornwall but is cut to the ground by frost each year
055.JPG (125284 bytes) Slightly tougher than grandifolia but still prefers frost free conditions 049.JPG (222680 bytes) I have one of these in the conservatory but am struggling to get it to flower 056.JPG (272892 bytes) Found in a newly cleared bit right at the top of the botanic garden
057.JPG (110558 bytes) Some really stunning hibiscus to be found all over the island 058.JPG (324353 bytes) 059.JPG (183356 bytes)
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070.JPG (174639 bytes)The jardim orchida is below the Botanic gardens and although small very nicely presented 071.JPG (210573 bytes) 072.JPG (169956 bytes)
073.JPG (184888 bytes) 074.JPG (91356 bytes) 075.JPG (229689 bytes)They may call it a beach but you can tell by the total absence of people on a lovely sunny day that most tourist do not rate black rocks to lay on! For us its a plus - no beaches, no hordes of people.
076.JPG (314547 bytes) All along the promenade behind the lido area  has been planted up and there are several new small gardens. We were struck by the jasmines which appeared to be thriving despite how close to the sea they were 077.JPG (216885 bytes) 078.JPG (153367 bytes)
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082.JPG (148906 bytes)Up to the north coast for this lovely walk 083.JPG (320867 bytes)Sometimes they appear to grow out of nothing 085.JPG (353300 bytes)not mist or cloud but spider webs
086.JPG (244134 bytes) 087.JPG (358881 bytes)spotted this set of steps the far side and spared a thought for the poor chap whose fields were at the bottom 088.JPG (290111 bytes)Once you turn inland you are soon into the national park
089.JPG (182304 bytes)In some places there are houses on the Lavadas and in many cases they garden the sides 091.JPG (106523 bytes) 092.JPG (134782 bytes)
093.JPG (111736 bytes)The next day we returned to the north coast for a short walk of just 2 hours but it turned out to be very pretty with a complete absence of other walkers 094.JPG (346500 bytes)In parts very jungle like 095.JPG (254164 bytes)This lavada looked and behaved much more like a natural stream
096.JPG (206345 bytes)But a stream that had been colonized by many colourful plants, the scent from the gingers was everywhere 097.JPG (178012 bytes)Several pictures of these as they are one of my favorites! 098.JPG (290729 bytes)
099.JPG (353657 bytes) 100.JPG (114682 bytes)Does well in Cornwall 101.JPG (344628 bytes)
102.JPG (254868 bytes)This is the source of the Lavadas water 104.JPG (154767 bytes) Looking back from the bus stop to the hill side we had just walked along 105.JPG (164692 bytes)Seedlings of this palm at our hotel doing very nicely here in Cornwall
106.JPG (348207 bytes) 107.JPG (102540 bytes)Looked like a smaller neater version of Magnolia grandiflora (smelt the same too!) 109.JPG (315731 bytes) I thought this was native but apparently introduced from South Africa for the cut flower trade it seems to favor the high open ground
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115.JPG (438164 bytes)One of the most popular of Lavada walks you can see why as you make your way from Ribrio Frio to Portelea through national park land 116.JPG (335844 bytes) 117.JPG (270541 bytes)
118.JPG (313467 bytes) 122.JPG (196283 bytes) Below the Botanic garden in Funchal is the start of this Lavada 123.JPG (242373 bytes)Not very promising to start
125.JPG (139160 bytes)It soon become a wonderful walk with lots of native vegetation 126.JPG (368493 bytes) And also some introduced like the Eucalypts 127.JPG (239886 bytes) This lovely stone bridge marks the end of the level bit, for those energetic souls you can go up from here to Monte
132.JPG (117817 bytes)Every time we return to the island our hotel's gardens seem to improve 133.JPG (160071 bytes) 134.JPG (212431 bytes)
135.JPG (170173 bytes) 137.JPG (176737 bytes) 139.JPG (294463 bytes)The Jardim do Imperidor is a bit like the lost garden of Heligan at the moment there is not much to see but if you are up at monte its a short easy walk
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143.JPG (428443 bytes)The municipal gardens at Monte are well worth walking down through on your way to the more famous Monte Palace gardens I hope you have enjoyed the pictures, I certainly enjoyed taking them. If you want to check how many of the plants that have made it back to our garden in Cornwall over the years check our nursery webs pages

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