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Amazing Maderia.

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 8:10 am
by charliep
I am afraid I have been locked out of my normal account !

Mirimar is where we stay Jon, great gardens all around.

Some pictures of an easy short walk at around 1000M altitude
we were walking with friends one of whom was 3 weeks out of abdominal surgery, so it really is easy with a flat smooth walking surface.

Starting at the high point at Encumeada, where there is a good Bar/Cafe - Food is excellent!

You first come to the park rangers house which has a little garden

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but you are soon around the corner and away

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You sometimes forget that some of our garden plants actually come from the island until you see them growing in the under-story

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Its not long to the first tunnel, you can carry on around in the sunshine but if you have torches and can bear to do it its worth the transit of the tunnel.

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As soon as you get through the vegetation changes to almost unspoiled Laurasilva forest

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You will recognize many of the smaller plants like these Geranium palmatum

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No Sonchus in flower in the autumn but its pretty spectacular in the spring

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The agapanthus and Hydrangea are used to stabilize the sides of the path but also make it all look rather fetching!

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Lovely thing this Pericallis aurita but unfortunately it stinks under glass (was blaming the cat a few years ago!)

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I included the folk in the picture as I thought it gave an idea of scale

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Then all to soon a second tunnel, longer than the first so mindful of our friends we went back the way we came.

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This hen lives with her mate at the tunnel entrance, each year she has a clutch of chicks, apparently escaped from a farmstead down the hill.

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Amazing Maderia.

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:28 pm
by chainsaw kid
Thanks for sharing your pictures, it looks very inviting. Madeira is a place I've always wanted to go to but perhaps not quite enough as I haven't got there yet. :lol: icon_thumright

Amazing Maderia.

Posted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:52 pm
I've been drooling. Thanks for showing. By the way, that established coconut must be one of the most northerly at least on the eastern side of the Atlantic.

Amazing Maderia.

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:54 am
by karl66
Nice pic's Jon , I have identical pic's plus some from our visit in September, I preferred the botanical garden more than monte palace.

Amazing Maderia.

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:45 pm
by JonC
The coconut (Cocos Nucifera) was impressive. There were a few of them about. Here's another shot from a different specimen.
The whole place was fabulous and I can't wait to go back. I don't know if I had a favourite botanical garden as I liked both the major gardens equally. I can't praise the place enough.

Amazing Maderia.

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:11 pm
by tatter
karl66 wrote:
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by karl66 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:54 am

Nice pic's Jon , I have identical pic's plus some from our visit in September,
Will we be seeing them soon Karl >

Amazing Maderia.

Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:10 am
by Yorkshire Kris
Super photos Jon. Looks like you stayed in the same hotel as we. I recognise all the locations. Loved the place so much. The Monte gardens were my favourite.