I lived on Terceira Island in the Azores for a few years, and I loved all the flowers there. Best of all were the blue hydrangeas growing on the sides of the road. Things grew so well there that there was a house that had a tree growing on the clay tile roof. It rained all winter and the climate was mild, so gardens were quite lush.
I saved some aster seeds one year (or so I thought) and the yardman planted them all around the house for me. Turned out they were lettuce seeds, so I had a nice edible border around the house and the yardman never stopped laughing about it.