Ireland has a name for being green, and hundreds of shades of green at that, but there are plenty of other colors to enhance the visual palate. one plant that we saw all over the Dingle and Iveragh Peninsulas was fuchsia, seen in the photo. as with many plants that seem to overwhelm a landscape and look unlike anything else around, fuchsia is not native to Ireland, but to Central America. some smart English guy brought some back after an expedition to the Americas as a specimen and — shocker — guess what happened when it was introduced into the botanical population of the British Isles?
really, though, the fuchsia was great to look at, and something I’d never seen up close. (last weekend, though, I saw some at the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz. I suspect that I’d see it everywhere if I still lived in San Diego.)
but there was plenty more flora in addition to the fuchsia, and I’ll post some of the pictures of flower in boxes and planters and on the side of the road. all that rain certainly made the landscape a more colorful visual feast than, say, San Diego.