Wild Peas

Purple pea flowers
May 8, 2019

These are wild Tangier peas, Pisum sativum. They grow all over the island, and very pretty they are too. The flowers are edible, and the original inhabitant used to make gofio out of the tiny peas.


The Canary Bellflower

The Canary Bell flower, Canarina canariensis
February 3, 2019

This is the Canary bellflower which you can find it in laurel forests, and ocassionally on the edge of a field. The plant has a tuber which produces a scrambling vine each year up to 9 ft long, and it produces flowers all winter. The flowers are orange, about 2″ long, and have very pretty veins. I believe the black or purple fruit is edible, but I’ve never tried it….


Tower of Flowers

May 20, 2015

  Because La Palma is an island, the plants here evolved in isolation, and many of them are unique to the island, or to the Canaries. One of my favourites is the Tower of Jewels — Tajinaste in Spanish and in Latin, the Echium genus. It’s related to borage, and most species have a big spike with hundreds of tiny flowers. The most spectacular is Echium wildpretii, which really is…


And yet more driving

May 22, 2008

Yesterday N went to see her car insurance firm. Yes, the policy includes a tow truck. Yay! But the truck would come from the other side of the island so she couldn’t travel with it. On the plus side, they should get to the car half an hour after she phoned. So off we went back to Garafía, yet again. We phoned the insurance firm while we were stuck in…


Flowers and hospitals

April 25, 2008

This morning Lou had a hospital appointment at 8:30 pm. Great timing! This is just when both our sons are supposed to start school. Fortunately little Sam was well enough to go for a while, so I left home with my own son early, then we picked up Lou and Sam, dropped Sam off at nursery, dropped Julio off at school, and got tot he hospital only a couple of…