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Volcanos & Echiums

16 February 2012 14:30:52
At the base of the Teide Volcano

At the base of the Teide Volcano

I'm sure you'll be glad to hear that my holiday photos have come to an end.

There are two albums on garden.ie - one from the Botanic Gardens and one of other Tenerife Flora.

The second album includes photos from Mount Teide. We visited Volcanic Mount Teide on the basis of photos I had seen of giant pink and blue echiums flowering majestically against black rock and blue sky. The echiums were not in flower when we were there but their architectural skeletons were still impressive.

Although we came for the flora, we had a wonderful time regardless at the top of the mountain, where the only plant I spotted was a single scrubby Argyranthemum teneriffae. So enjoy the photos and for those who want to see pics from the barren top of the mountain, join me on FB.


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Myrtle Myrtle 16 February 2012 14:52:50

I have been on Mount Teide and "barren" is definitely the word for it. A lunar landscape.


Rachel Rachel 16 February 2012 15:03:34

Did you get altitude sickness, Myrtle? I felt like I was going to vomit one minute and then I was okay the next. I felt dizzy too. There is supposed to be some kind of violet up there but it mustn't have been in flower because we saw nothing. And that's despite incentivising the boys with €5 for whoever spotted any plant!


Myrtle Myrtle 16 February 2012 15:17:56

I dont remember feeling sick. But I do remember thinking we dont half appreciate our "Emerald Isle" :)


Rachel Rachel 16 February 2012 15:30:11

Well, you see, I had the opposite thought :)


Myrtle Myrtle 16 February 2012 15:41:24

What I did bring home was bulblets of those pink/red gladiolus, cant think of their correct name, they became very invasive, but at the time I thought they were great! They were growing everywhere in the wild there.


Rachel Rachel 16 February 2012 15:42:46

I didn't see anything like that. What time of year were you there?


Myrtle Myrtle 16 February 2012 15:46:53

It probably was Easter time. Byzantinus I think they are called.


Rachel Rachel 16 February 2012 15:56:10

Oh, they are supposed to good!


Jacinta Jacinta 16 February 2012 16:22:10

:)


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