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






Saturday, 30 March 2013

April Meeting 2013



Axarquia Garden Club

April 2013 Meeting

Date:   Tuesday April  9th 2013
Time :  11:00
Location : Los Alcornoques 56,  Exactly at Km 9 Torrox-Cómpeta Road
Hosts : Brian and Jane Kirk          Telephone (0034) 616 5300 71
Directions : Driving down from Cómpeta to the coast, drive past the Pavo Real. 
There's a sign on the right side of the road saying Km 9
Look up and left – there’s our concrete driveway & our address in tiles on the rock wall.   
Follow the concrete drive all the way up ( 50m ).

We have 2 small dogs and one large cat, in addition to a pond full of fish, a swallows’ nest 
and a pair of great tits with eggs in the bird box!
There is a small orchard; allotment; rose garden; cacti garden; herbaceous border; 
a lovely wisteria lined walkway – and lots of parking.

We shall also have a belated  
Easter Bonnet Parade 
the broad theme is  
The Garden  
 and no Smart Alecs coming as Eden please! 
(Clothes required, Snakes not.)
There will be wonderful prizes (!) for the best head-wear.

Teas, coffee, waters, soft drinks and a few nibbles for all.
Bring your offerings for the plant exchange and 
BRING your Bonnets!

ALSO :- 
A challenge 
find as many other English language words of 4 or more letters 
from these two words      
EASTER BONNET 
A Prize for the person with the most valid (and NOT rude) words

See you soon, Bonnets! Plants! And Words!


Discounts for AGC Members

Please will members confirm that Viveros La Palma is  continuing to give discount to AGC members since we arranged it 4 years' ago.  (Tell Carol)
You may need to ask the person on the till to look up in their list for Club Jardineros de Axarquia
(Not Axarquia Garden Club for some reason.) 
Carol is going to check that Viveros Serrano has a similar list for discount which was also agreed around 4 years ago.  Watch this space.
(Editor writes :-  This excellent news as we shall be buying our usual mountains of summer bedding plants from Serrano in a couple of weeks time.)

Purple Day Report and Thanks

Our Purple Day Open Rehearsal in aid of Epilepsy Awareness was held last Wednesday. 
The response was overwhelming with a bumper audience - all dressed in various shades of purple. 
The atmosphere was electric and full of goodwill and bonhomie. 
It was a fabulous evening and a staggering €420 was raised, which meant that our daughter, Georgia, has more than exceeded her sponsorship target of £500. 
As a family we can't thank our friends and the people of Competa and district enough for their support and open-hearted generosity. 
Carol & Greg.

Monday, 25 March 2013

One Voice Purple Day Open Rehearsal

 One Voice Purple Day Open Rehearsal at La Vendimia on Wednesday 27th March 8.30?  
  This is a charity close to Greg's and my hearts, obviously, since we lost our eldest son through SUDEP (Sudden Death in Epilepsy) and our daughter also suffers from the condition.  
She will be here for the concert and is currently raising sponsorship, in memory of her brother, as she is swimming in an Epilepsy Awareness Open Water swim in Lake Windermere in June. 
 She is hoping to raise at least £500 and is already 65% on target.  
All monies raised at the Rehearsal will go to the Epilepsy Awareness Charity. 
Her website is Justgiving.com/Georgia-Starr 
If people would like to contribute but cannot get to the performance on the night.  
Hope we might see everyone there ......dressed in purple !
Carol & Greg Starr

Friday, 22 March 2013

A DAY OUT WITH A DIFFERENCE : Lanjaron

VISIT SUE's AND PETE’S SELF SUFFICIENT, OFF-GRID SMALLHOLDING IN LANJARON  
Lanjaron is a smart Spanish Spa Town where the Spanish people regularly holiday to take the 5 different health giving waters.
Greg and I visited the garden of Sue and Pete Rodgers in Lanjaron on Thursday, 14th March.
Sue met us in Lanjaron’s leafy car park and we began a guided walk through the Natural Park passing a newly built honey museum. Lanjaron is also renowned for its honey and has won many awards.
We passed streams and a water cascade as we climbed uphill through pine forests with Sue pointing out and naming the various wild flowers and their uses along the way.
We saw a black squirrel; just one of the fauna to be found in the Park.
We stopped half way to enjoy lavender cake and lavender and camomile tea as we surveyed the distant views beyond.
Fortified we climbed until we reached a plateau where Sue briefly and knowledgeably described the local geology.
Once at their self-built house (with supreme views over a lake and down to the Alburan sea) we were offered various teas - we opted for rose and hibiscus tea - delicious.

Whilst Sue prepared the lunch, Pete took us around their plot.
The garden consists of 10 enviably wide terraces sculpted hundreds of years ago. The couple are making good use of these terraces building several depositos and creating a reed bed to filter grey water for watering the flower garden.
The main terrace is full of the most beautiful and healthy mixture of lavenders we have ever seen!
The next terrace contains several raised beds producing various lettuces, herbs and even rhubarb both for commercial and for their own use.
Another terrace contains concrete based compost bins made from blocks and an experimental wick bed on which were growing healthy cabbages. This system is a very water-saving way of producing vegetables.
Pete also showed us ingeniously made, sturdy poly-tunnels made from plastic irrigation pipes and olive nets. A further terrace contained a chicken run containing only 3 brown chickens; 3 had been eaten recently by genets. They plan to get more, black hens, soon.
The couple live entirely off-grid from 6 solar panels and Pete proudly showed us the “power house” containing the storage batteries and other paraphernalia required to power their modest electricity needs.
Following the garden tour we enjoyed a welcome and delicious home-produced lunch of soup, served with cheese scones, followed by quiche, new potatoes and salad from the garden.
We could have had beer and wine but chose elderflower cordial instead.
For the Workshop Days Sue offers a 3 course lunch with drinks, and then an afternoon workshop where people learn to produce potions, poultices, infusions of their choice using natural herbs and products.
If you fancy a Full Day out with a Difference on Tuesday 16th April please let Carol know.
The normal charge per person per day is €45 but Sue can offer the Club a special discount of €30 per person.
If you would prefer not to walk up and down the mountain Pete can pick you up taking a scenic route to their house.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A GARDEN CLUB MEETING. THE CLUB WILL MEET AS USUAL ON TUESDAY 9TH APRIL