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

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Mystery Plant

Gill sends these pictures of a plant from her garden

We don't know if she has discovered a new plant
If we should notify the authorities.....

Answers to the Editor  janekirkspain   @  gmail.com

Viveros Florena, Competa

The Garden Centre will be closed on Saturday 27 April as we are exhibiting at the 
Homes, Gardens and Lifestyle Show at Torremolinos.
 Come and see us at the Show, 27th and 28th April, 10am until 7pm both days, where we are setting up our Denim Dream Garden - it'll surprise you, I promise! 

I shall be giving daily talks on the Wicked Ways of Plants and answering all your gardening questions!
 Come and have a great day out - there's loads to see, taste and buy and parking is free!
p.s. If you have difficulty getting to us, we can bring plants, neme oil and water retentive products to you at the Show - just ring me or drop me an email.
Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga.
Tel:         00 34 689928201
Email:       florenaspain  @  hotmail.com

Lorriane's Latest Book Launch

Hot off the press - my new book has arrived!
 Citrus, the Zest of Life.   €15
Grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, mandarin, citron & the ‘quat’ family.

They’re all here.
From seed to old age – how to select, grow, look after and harvest your fruits.
Diseases, Insect Plagues, Fertilisation, Irrigation, Propagation, Pruning, Root stocks, the History, Geography and the Future.
If you want to grow citrus, this will tell you everything you need to know - simply!

It will be launched at the Homes, Gardens & Lifestyle Show at the Palacio de Congressos, Torremolinos 27th and 28th April 2013.


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Sunday, 28th April is Walk for Life

Just a reminder to all my fellow gardeners that this Sunday, 28th April is Walk for Life followed by Day for Life from 11am - 5pm at the Alberdini Hotel, Competa.  
All funds raised in aid of Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice and services. 
 For those of you who aren't walking, you may like to sponsor one of your colleagues;  Bernie, Chester, Jean B, Jill C, Jill U, Sandra or myself, Cindy!!
This year, Day for Life, will have parking on the first level and all the activities will be on the top level by the hotel.  There will be a dedicated, separate children's area with five different activities, plus face painting and non alcoholic cocktail bar.  For the adults; Tombola, Bric-a-brac, Auction and Cake stalls together with Organic Candyfloss & Popcorn; Marmalady with natural produce Jams, Marmalades, Pickles and Chutneys plus hand made jewellery, homemade soaps, wood turning demonstration plus a Golf Putting Challenge and a Darts Tournament. 

All this plus live music from Geoff Murrell and a huge paella and tapas.  
So come along and join us, have fun and at the same time support this local charity.  
Thank you.  Cindy Jones, 665156467 or email cindyjones19  @ hotmail.com


Heliotrope - Poisonous to Dogs

Following a report that - locally - someone's dog has just died from liver failure through the ingestion of
Heliotrope - pet owners might wish to Ask Google (or whichever is your search engine)
Here's one I found to start with :-
(includes a picture of the plant)

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Wild Flower Walk and Organisc Farm Visit

On Tuesday 16th April fourteen members of the Club went to Sue and Pete Rodgers's organic farm in Lanjaron.  

 The temperatures were in the middle twenties which made the walk up the mountain (and down again) quite an ordeal for some and arduous for all. 
 The views and in-depth info on the herbs along the way was very informative and interesting and worth the effort. 

Prior to the lunch Pete showed the group around his organic farm using innovative techniques for producing and protecting vegetables and herbs both for commercial and their own use.  

The couple live entirely off-grid, employ an outside composting toilet for their guest helpers (Woofers) and recycled grey water using reed beds for use on the flower borders. 

 The reward was an excellent lunch, prepared by our host, in the shade, surrounded by their very pleasant garden.

Sue then gave a mini-workshop on how to make herbal, organic preparations.  Some of us chose to make a beeswax based hand cream and others an organic "shake and vac" to repel unwanted bugs.

This huerta is well worth a visit for the ideas and techniques used to live as eco-friendly as possible.


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

AGC Treasurer's Report : April 2013 Meeting

Congratulations to Jo for winning the Easter Bonnet Parade and the word quiz.


Left : Brian  showing off his allotment and  offering free samples of flowering plants.

Financial Update for Club as at April 2013.
  Brought Forward                                                                                                  516.97
Petrol expenses & Lunch for Sue, Herb Lady (Feb meeting)    40.00
Raffle                                                              24.00
Subscription                                                  10.00
Plant Sale      (best ever)                              42.36**
Carried Forward                                                                                                  553.33

**   Thank you to everyone who donated a plant to the table as we had record plant sales of 42.36, the best ever. Previous record was e28.16 in November 2011.**

Note from Jane and Brian :
We have someone's jacket and a gift bag of toiletries
Call 616 5300 71

Left : Chester and Astrid admiring the view

Left :  One of the pretty flower beds in Jane and Brian's Garden

Trip to Lanjaron. Tuesday 16th. URGENT

Please see the details on the website.
Anyone wishing to join this trip must contact Carol today - Wednesday 10th ! 
676 5366 04

Thank you
 Photos of the April Meeting.
The Garden (and home) of 
Brian and Jane Kirk.

 Contestants in  
The After Easter Bonnet Line-up
Chester, Jane, Jo, Brian and Carol
Winner - obviously - Jo !
 Jo also won the prize for the most words (4 letters or more) that can be made from the words :-
Jo found 89. Computer knows 500!

Lots of lemons and plant cuttings found new homes.
Everyone looking forward to the May Meeting..... details soon.

Final comment from Brian & Jane -
"It was lovely to have the opportunity of hosting such a wonderful group of people ! Thanks to everyone for making it such a great time." 

Saturday, 6 April 2013

April Meeting. Tuesday April 9th 2013

Just a gentle reminder that we are looking forward the pleasure of your company on Tuesday!
Jane and Brian at Los Alcornoques.

 Just a few delights
that you will miss
if you are not here on Tuesday!
 There is also an invitation
to bring your bags and
take home some of
our abundant lemons.
Pre-picked by Brian !

You will, of course, remember
to bring your belated
Easter Bonnet
for the Parade
and a chance to win the Prize!

A prize also for finding the most words in