We know we miss out on a lot of beauty summer brings to our garden. But fortunately, not only our domestic help Maria sends pictures occasionally, also some guests, enthused by its colours, send us some images now and then. Thanks to our guest Trudy for these beautiful photos, especially the stunning close up of our red bougainvillea. So good we use it as this page’s featured image! Even in our absence, we can really enjoy our Madeira garden!
even though plants thrive in Madeira, we have to do a lot of work to make our garden look like it does now. For plants like hydrancheas this means pruning, prining and pruning again, You really should ask your worst enemy to do it for you. In reality, we cut them back to almost ground level, but we leave some branches with leaves. This is important for any Madeira garden, as there is no real resting season for most plants here. If they have no leaves left at all, they may die. So we leave some, and when the plant has started to make now branches, and the first new leaves show, we cut the remaining old branches off as well. The roses are a different story. They are very prone to a disease called rust. So after the roses really stop blooming, which usually is mid January, we not only prune them carefully, but we take all the leaves off. You have to make sure no leaves fall into the flower bed near the plants if you want to get rid of the disease, and even then, having rust-free roses in your garden in Madeira is extremely difficult. Still, until late in summer none of the roses in our garden show any signs of the disease and it really only starts ant the very end of summer. It seems this, and the common desease most citrus have in Madeira, is virtually impossible to get rid of, but it does not impede the plants flowering and in the citrus’ case, from bearing fruit. We haven’t seen many an island garden that didn’t have the problems.