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

Thursday, 19 April 2012

April 10th 2012 Visit

This April over 25 members turned up to visit, not one, not two but three gardens just outside Cómpeta on the Torrox road.

We were joined by two new members, Astrid and Tron Simensen and by  Diana Wormwell, a recently joined member,  who was able to come along for the first time.

First we were warmly and most generously welcomed to visit the garden and lovely setting of Joe and Brenda’s home.  Their garden is steep and on many levels containing gentle and varied planting with lots of native plants.  
 Of the architectural features the ingenious and attractive drainage rills around the garden, fashioned from overlapping roof tiles, made a big impression as a way of preventing soil erosion during rain storms. 

On the way to what was to be the second of our garden tours we made an impromptu visit to the garden of members Jenny and Terry who, again, have made a beautiful garden on a steeply sloping site but which gave magnificent views to the coast and took advantage of the many mature cypress, carob and pine trees on the site.

We were rewarded for our uphill 10 minute walk by the garden of new member Margaret.   
An artist, she has created a splendid mature-looking garden in just 3 ½ years which is testament to her gardening skills, hard work and artist’s eye.  The garden contained grouped displays of succulents and, flowering now, large stands of wild white irises among many other plantings including topiaried mature olive trees.

Once back with our hosts, Joe and Brenda, we enjoyed a welcome glass (or two) of wine and snacks.

Many members, as usual, donated their surplus plants and we have to thank Gill Jordan and Birgit for their contributions.  All donations go to Club funds.  The raffle prize, a potted azalea, was won by Greg, the Club’s librarian.

Editor adds - my highlight of the visit was the LAWN! Such a rarity in our area)
Please scroll down see a few photographs -
I have more if members would like to request them by email to me. 

April Photo Album

Ready for Climbing
My Favourite "mulch" of Pine Cones
Brenda & Joe our generous hosts
Gathering for the Plant Swap
The Outside Bar becomes a Library
Early Arrivals

Calendar of AGC Events 2012

May - Visit to Oasis Capistrano gardens

June - Visit to a Gibraltar Garden (details t.b.a)

July - In-house talk (t.b.a) *

August - Summer Picnic

September - In-house talk (t.b.a)*

October - Visit to a member's garden

November - Visit to a member's garden

December - Xmas lunch in Competa

* In-house visits are usually held at the Centro del Ocio in Competa


For more information please contact Carol Starr on 676 536 604

For queries on the website please contact the Editor  Editor.agc@gmai.com  


April Quiz
1. Where do Pelargoniums originate from?
2. What type of plants can be found in a rock
3. Rhizomes are a type of what plant?
4. What herb beginning with ‘A’ has soothing
5. A dibber is useful for what?
6. Cacti are often referred to as what?
7. Kale, Cauliflowers, Brussel Sprouts are all what
type of vegetable?
8. A beer trap can help control what type of pest?
9. A cloche can help protect plants from what?
10. Shepherds Purse is a type of what?

Answers to Quiz 3
1. Laburnum
2. Topiary
3. The Bearded Iris
4. Cabbage
5. Bob Flowerdew
6. Small leaves
7. Northumberland
8. A shrub
9. A young seedling or grafted tree without branches.
10. Rose

Plea for Advice please

SEEMS very easy but being a red fingered gardener this bloggy stuff has baffled me! 
But here goes :
I´m attempting to create a roof terrace garden.
 My dear, unsuspecting husband has put up lots of trellis and I want to try to grow a hardenbergia in a pot, as I think they are just the most gorgeous thing this time of year. 
Has anyone any experience of growing one in a pot? 
Would love some advice pleeeeese!!
Regards from Jo Robinson       jotom20042003 (@) yahoo.com 

(Jo - see what I have found for you - scroll down. Editor)

Green Roofs

Lofty ambitions: why green roofs are the future of urban gardening
 Click on the link below

Green, Green Grass

A village in Tarragona has come up with a way to beat the recession.

They propose to plant marihuana.
A smokers’ club in the village of Rasquera and say the plantation would create jobs.

They say they will not sell it, rather it will be for the use of the club members and also for ‘therapeutic ends’.
A cannabis association in Barcelona that uses the drug for therapeutic reasons has offered to pay €36,000 to the club and sign a deal with the Town Hall, and then promises to pay €550,000 a year each July for the land rental, legal and judicial costs, and security which make up the project, noting the Town Hall won’t have to pay a penny.
The Mayor of Rasquera, Bernat Pellisa, told the EFE news agency that they are studying the proposal which he said was ‘developed and an opportunity, and certainly not frivolous’.
There are about 1,000 inhabitants in the village, and while they admit they could never have imagined it, the crisis is such they say they are prepared to grow whatever is needed.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Editor is Lonely......

Please let me know how we can improve our Blog & Website - and why not contribute an article or simply provide information that we can share. 
For example.... What on earth am I to do with all these lemons we've grown ? (Be polite!)
Email editor.agc@gmail.com


We now have rhubarb plants in stock.

 Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga, Spain.
Horas de verano:    9 - 2. Summer hrs: 9 - 2.


QUIZ 03 
1. What yellow flowering tree is poisonous?
2. What is the name for sculpting hedges?
3. What bulb plant could be described as having a facial hair problem?
4. Butterflies - Red Admiral, ........ White?
5. Name the organic gardener with flower in his name?
6. What special attribute makes Lavender ideal for dry conditions?
7. What county did Capability Brown, the famous landscape designer originate from?
8. I am a woody stemmed plant, usually branched near the base and lacking a single trunk....what am I?
9. What is a whip?
10. A Hybrid Tea is a type of what plant?

Answers in a later post......

Take a look at the Ecologist Magazine

 Ecologist Magazine article on the importance of planting wildflowers in your gardens

Want to see the Fiesta de los Patios in Cordoba?

Loymer Tours – office in Competa

Attached we send you a special excursion to visit the Fiesta de los Patios in Cordoba on 6th June 2012.

www.costadelsol-online.com    or phone  95 251 6204     95 254 1113

Monday, 2 April 2012

Coffee Break Jigsaw

The Ten Minute Jigsaw
<Click> on the address below, put on a little sound and complete the picture of Cherry Blossom 

Looking for a House Warming Gift ? 
Make a Bee-Line to Antonio
AGC Members previously enjoyed a lecture from Antonio of Sayalonga  on the delights of beekeeping (apicultura). This spawned the idea of giving a unique gift as a House Warming present.
The whole endeavour was treated as a major secret. We arranged a date and time to meet Antonio and follow him to one of his hive sites. The recipients were given a set on instructions in the style of Lord Sugar of The Apprentice - "Lord Sugar requires you to be at X, tomorrow at 10:30am. You are required to bring wellington boots or similar....." 
There was an added piquancy to the event as the "tomorrow" concerned was actually April 1st!

After an "interesting" ride, we arrived at the location. Recipients were kitted out in overalls, gloves, huge helmet type masks and then marched down to the hives. We sensibly stayed with the car.
After a 90 minute lesson, including a "practical", they had transferred a colony of bees into their new home and were absolutely elated!! 
They returned to do a much needed strip-tease out of the heavy protective gear.
Home to select a location on their property with advice from Antonio on how to prepare it.
Their beehive will be delivered after 10pm when all the tired, little bees have gone in and settled down to sleep.  A bit of a bumpy ride will deliver them to their new location. 
We can only imagine their reaction at dawn and the mass, bee cry of "Where the hell are we???!"

Antonio was wonderful the whole time. His Spanish was easy to understand and nothing was too much trouble.  Like anyone who loves what he does - it was obviously a delight to pass on the knowledge.

It's been a fascinating experience....... and, maybe,we'll be following The Bee Adventures.

 This  is valuable information for us all from Joe whose garden at FINCA CARMEN we shall be visiting Tuesday  10th:-
"Some members might be interested in confirming the size etc of their gardens and construction details from official documents online. 
If you think they may be interested you can publish this.     
Joe     Finca Carmen

1. Bring up the above website.
2. Press on 'Consulta de cartografia, datos catastrales y busqueda de reference catastra'  (on left hand middle of screen)
3. Press 'Localization' - select 'Malaga' in Provincia - type 'Competa' in Municipio.  
Select 'Rusticos' - type in Poligono (area) no.  and Parcela (plot) number.
    Press on 'Cartografia' -this will give you your site map.
4. Press return to get back to previous page.
5. Press on 'Datos y Consulta Descriptive y Grafica' - this will give you a description of your property.
If you do not know your Parcela ( Plot ) Number or Poligono you can still access the information using the following. 
After step 2 above, put in your Ref. Catastral from your IBI notice (Identificativo Number), only. Then press on "Cartografia" near the bottom left, for map of plot. 
As step 4 above, press on "Datos y consulta etc" for description of property
There is a "welcome" button at top of first page for English version

Quiz (02) Answers:
1. c) Vaccinium
2. b) make holes in compost from transplanting seedlings
3. a) a variety that is resistant to being attacked by pests or diseases
4. b) Devon
5. a) deciduous
6. c) Busy Lizzie
7. a) topiary
8. c) to help prevent a build up of pests and diseases in the soil
9. a) the bark
10. b) tomato

The next quiz will appear soon