The Garden Isle of Madeira – Beautiful in Spring

Aloe aborescens

Aloe aborescens

Springtime! The northern hemisphere’s Spring is well under way now. For those interested in flora, there’s nowhere quite like Madeira in the Springtime.

Echium candicans - popular with bees

Echium candicans – popular with bees

Madeira is always green – now it bursts into colour and perfume. Many of the plants you’ll come across while walking its levadas and country paths are endemic and exclusive to the island.

Two of the many beauties to look out for are orchids and the rare Yellow Foxglove. If you enjoy seeing wonderful plants growing strong and free, Madeira is the place to visit.

For information about the Garden Island, including books and maps, see http://www.dwgwalking.co.uk/mad.htm

 

 

(The plant images here were taken by Shirley & Mike Whitehead, authors and researchers resident on the island of Madeira.)

 

Yellow foxglove (Isoplexus sceptrum)

Yellow foxglove (Isoplexus sceptrum)

Orchis maderensis

Orchis maderensis

 

 

 

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2 responses to “The Garden Isle of Madeira – Beautiful in Spring”

  1. discoverywalking says :

    Madeira offers a wealth of walking and plant life all year round – though I think that Springtime there is the most magical if you are a keen plants-person.

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  2. rosinaus says :

    I’ve visited Madeira quite a few time at different times of the year. Winter walking can be great too and there are still interesting plants to look out for. However, I agree that the most abundant time is Spring and early Summer – breathtaking!

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