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. 

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