Travels in Madeira

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Travels in Madeira

Post by Liz M » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:06 pm

I have just returned from two weeks in Madeira, had a good look round, what a mountainous island it is and very beautiful, too. It does not have a lot of succulents but there are things that can be found.
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Sao Lorenzo
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The mountainous interior
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A view across the valley where we were staying. Our hotel is tucked into the bend half way across the top road
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Mist covered mountains, a very common sight
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Misty sea cliffs
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Re: Travels in Madeira

Post by Liz M » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:12 pm

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Crassula ovata grows well there, though not a native.
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Aptenia cordifolia grows here and there, though native to South Africa, it is not a pest.
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Aeonium glutinosum is common over most of the island, prefering sunny spots.
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Sometimes the top of an old house will do.
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Aeonium glanduosum is a partiular favourite of mine, it grows manily in shady places on high cliffs and walls
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Re: Travels in Madeira

Post by Liz M » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:20 pm

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Aeonium glanduosum close up
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Growing in the most extraordinary place, an abandoned building. Not a great deal of nutriment there
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A garden entirely given over to C&S strangely all in pots
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Plenty of plants, excuse the fence.
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Re: Travels in Madeira

Post by Liz M » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:22 pm

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Re: Travels in Madeira

Post by Liz M » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:26 pm

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This extraordinary garden is near the NE coast at Calhau, a very small place
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Some light relief, the 'Togboggan Run' in Monte
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Two kms downhill, among admittedly light traffic
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Re: Travels in Madeira

Post by Liz M » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:38 pm

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The long drops, where moisture runs down from the misty mountains to the lower levels
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The village of Faja da Murta with a noon chimes that last ten minutes, well worth a visit.
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Naturalised from South Africa Amaryllis belladonna, grows all over the island in Autumn
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Another view of the mountains, close to where we were staying
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I found these Aichrysum villosum tucked away in a shady spot by luck
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Re: Travels in Madeira

Post by Liz M » Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:50 pm

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The deliberately lit fires which caused such damage and distress had destroyed so much vegetation, even here north of Funchal
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The fires were so extensive, covering huge swathes of forest in the southern half of the island
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The botanical gardens largely escaped the fires
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There were cacti covered in buds and flowers
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This Stapelia was attracting plenty of flies
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Re: Travels in Madeira

Post by juster » Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:08 pm

Liz, thank you for posting this fascinating series of photos, which capture different aspects of your holiday in Madeira - it looks a really interesting place. Amazing to see where plants will grow and the garden of pots looks remarkable. Thanks for posting.
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