La Gomera is a lovely island, but aspects of it played with my head. For starters it has a dramatic volcanic landscape with a green and ancient rainforest on the top. And in the towns, the planting is a total mash-up thanks to the year-long climate of around 22 degrees.
I’m sure it all looks perfectly normal to Gomeran person but to a Brit some of the planting combinations in the gardens are quite startling – geraniums next to amaryllis, snapdragons alongside orchids and daturas rubbing shoulders with orange blossom.
It’s all very colourful, though. I wonder if La Gomera has the equivalent of Britain in Bloom?