Quote of the Month

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.

~Mirabel Osler

Friday, 24 February 2012

The Axarquia Garden Club Newsletter Arrives!

This is the first of many, regular, online Newsletters. (Also called a Blog)
It offers a way for us to share information with each other in a very easily. 
One email to the Editor and items will appear.
What follows in this first publication are ideas for the kind of things we might want to add in the coming weeks.
There are lots of other things too -  such as :-
  • Requests for Information
  • Items for Sale & Wanted
  • News relating to gardens & gardening
  • Reports of visits
  • Special Offers noted in local garden centres & shops etc.
  • and anything else that the Editor deems Appropriate and Legal!
Together, we can make it a really interesting and helpful Newsletter(Blog)



Garden Gallery

This is where we will dispaly pictures of the members' gardens. Please make the photo small ones, add an explanatory caption and mail to editor.agc@gmail.com
Part of the garden  of Brian Kirk, showing the Pergola he built.

The Gallery

This is where we can display the names & photos of  our members
Send a small pic to editor.agc@gmail.com  and PLEASE - include your name(s)

Jane & Brian Kirk

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

From the Potting Shed

Here is where we will offer cuttings, plants, fruits, vegetables, tools etc.etc. Available free or for a stated price.

Always include your telephone number &/or your email address
Send the text for inclusion to editor.agc@gmail.com

Snowdrop Stories

Having just bought 2 small pots of snowdrops – the first I’ve ever seen in our area – I was fascinated to read the following article on the Telegraph website -
Why do devotees of snowdrops pay hundreds of pounds for a single bulb?
If snowdrops flowered in midsummer we would scarcely notice them – those plain white petals hanging demurely on spindly stems that never reach more than a few inches above the ground.
We treasure them because they appear at the coldest, most dispiriting time of year, when showier plants dare not strut their stuff.
So how much do we treasure them? Not enough, surely, to fork out several hundred pounds for a single specimen. Yet galanthophiles – snowdrop obsessives – are so keen to get their hands on rare varieties that bidding on a bulb of Galanthus woronowii on eBay has reached £369, with a day left to bid.
Even if it stops there it will be a record figure; but only just.
Last month a collector forked out £360 for a bulb of Green Tear, a snowdrop variety with a distinct greenish tinge.
The snowdrop bidding wars are, so far, fairly small beer. The most excessive bout of horticultural insanity was the “tulipomania” of the 17th century that principally gripped Holland. Tulips had only recently been introduced into Europe and enthusiasts would pay the equivalent of six-figure sums for bulbs of the rarest and most colourful varieties. When tulip bonds began to be traded instead of bulbs, an early form of toxic debt was created and many speculators went bankrupt.