What an inspiration, the island is so rich in flora that at every turn you see colourful bursts of beauty.
Madeira belongs to Portugal but has strong ties with the UK so there's an influence of English style in the formal gardens.
As you climb higher the landscape changes and becomes less verdant but very dramatic. Here we are at 1,000 metres overlooking the Nuns' Valley.
The air scented with Eucalyptus and Pine trees.
We walked with a local guide who was so informative about the plants and their uses, pointing out Poinsettias, Hollyhocks, Dragon Trees.........
At the end of the walk he presented me with a little selection of bulbs and seeds,
'The British brought a lot of plants to my island, now you can take some back!'
So I will always have a small piece of Madeira in my garden.
In my next blog I'll show you the beautiful embroidery I discovered on my travels.