Walking ferns

July 20, 2019

In the shadier corners of the laurel forest on La Palma, the ferns walk about. Sort of. Woodwardia ferns live in the damper parts of the forest. You can find them along the river bed at Los Tilos, and in the irrigated garden around the visitor centre. They have enormous fronds, anything up to a metre long. When the tip of a frond touches the ground, it often sprouts roots,…

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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….

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Tuesday with Tim

  Tuesday was great too. I took the journalist, Tim Johnson, into Santa Cruz, where he bought a T shirt. Then we went to Las Nieves and thence to San Andres (via the usual viewpoints) to stuff ourselves at Restaurante San Andres. I love their fishballs! After that we did a short hike in Los Tilos, and went round the north along the Mimbres road to Hoya Grande, and up…

April 23, 2015
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Los Tilos: Ancient Forest

August 20, 2011

Laurel forest at Los Tilos One of my favourite bits of tourist feedback about La Palma island was the disgruntled Brit who described Los Tilos as: “Just a load of trees.” Well yes. And Beethoven’s Ninth is just a load of notes, and the Mona Lisa is just a load of paint. Los Tilos, in San Andres and Los Sauces, is home to one of the best surviving laurel forests…

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