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, 29 May 2013

June Visit by Dick Handscombe is cancelled

Carol received some very sad news earlier this week -

"Dear Carol, 
I had a  very lucky to escape from my totally wrecked car the other day...amazingly just a few scratches and shock. Still don't know what insurance company will give me money wise or what I will do about a car. But I will not be driving down to Andalucia. 
Checked out thge coaches to Malaga and then local bus but 14 hours each way is a lot for a talk. 
Was really looking forward to meeting and sharing ideas with your group. 
Will do an article in EWN on the planned topic.
Best wishes,
Dick Handscombe
So - very best wishes to Dick for a full recovery! We hope he is soon back "in the saddle" and galloping over to the Cómpeta area.

An alternative June Meeting will be revealed (as soon as we have thought of one....)

Cacti Fair in Benalmadena

In response to a question from Gill, a previous speaker , Andrew was able to give us the following information on something to do this weekend! ..................

"I have just heard that it is earlier this year and will be from Friday 31st May for 3 days

Best time to go is about midday and there are signposts to Parque La Paloma from the coastal road in Benalmadena 

It is about 500 metres above the coast with parking all around it. 
The cactus fair is held in the middle of the park and the area where that have the aloes, agaves & cactus planted is at the top right of the park."

Check it out at this website


Friday, 24 May 2013

Viveros Florena

We now have stocks of the lovely snail vine, phaserolus caracalla
a real beauty of a climber and scented too!

And if you're pestered by cats, dogs, rabbits, squirrels or even deer on your plants, we have the answer - the Scaredy Cat Plant or Piss Off Plant, coleus canina. 

It exudes a smell that your four-footed enemies utterly detest yet is only mildly offensive to us when the leaves are rubbed.  
 A pretty little succulent with blue flowers that loves the sun, you can propagate from it easily and spread it around your special
plants to protect them.

And for those of you who live in the Costa Blanca area, don't forget that we will be at the Homes, Gardens and Lifestyle Show at Algorfa 29th and 30th May.
Hope to see you there!

Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga.
Horas/verano:    9 - 2. Summer hrs: 9 - 2.
 Closed Sundays & Mondays.
Tel:         00 34 689928201

Catching them Young....

The Las Gaviotas junior school in La Herradura has sprouted some green fingers, as it now farms its own vegetable and herb plot.

The scheme was organised by the education association, Nueve Lunas so that schoolchildren can see and get involved with ecology and the environment; appreciating their importance.

The plot is located next to the school itself on a bit of land ceded by Vivero La Herradura and the necessary gardening tools were supplied by the Town Hall.

The kids will have the chance to plant, cabbage, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, as well as aromatic herbs, amongst them ones that act as natural insect repellents, explained Carlos Ferrón, who is an agronomist that collaborates with the Environmental Department at the Town Hall.

The Town Hall press release doesn’t mention it but perhaps the vegetables grown are used in school lunches?

Our Garlics are almost ready for picking....


Friday, 17 May 2013

AGC May Visit

More photos from the lovely garden of Greg & Carol.....

News from Viveros Florena

If you like perennials, those that clump, flower and get better every year, then we have a treat for you!
We have echinaceas in soft summer colours, plummy penstemons, towering double hollyhocks, dangling foxgloves, bright yellow rudbeckias and coreopsis, burning red-hot pokers, golden day lilies and the tawny gaillardias - you'll be spoilt for choice!

And, just arrived, pots full of orange nasturtiums - use them in your veg garden to deter aphids -
 Black-Eyed Susan (climber thunbergia alata) and morning glory Heavenly Blue. 

 Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga.
Summer hrs: 9 - 2.
Closed Sundays & Mondays.
Tel:         00 34 689928201

Treasurer's Report

Garden Club Financials as at 14 May, 2013.

Brought forward;                                                    553.33

May Raffle                        32.00
May Plant Sales               12.85
Subscriptions                   20.00

Carried Forward                                                      618.18

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

AGC Garden Visit May 2013 : Hosts:- Carol & Greg Starr

  Peeping through the trees to the mountains beyond

AGC Members relaxing in this gorgeous garden

"...and then it ran off to the north! "   End of a good story.......

One of the many  sitting areas within this delightful garden

Underneath the Arches....

Photos taken by other AGC members will be gratefully received. Editor

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

S.O.S. Save our Seeds! Petition to Sign

Do you know that the EU is preparing legislation that will make it illegal to grow crops that are not on a list of approved seeds?
That list is currently 60% dominated by big corporations like Monsanto, AstraZeneca and Bayer. 

Anyone wanting to register a seed will have to pay and guess who will be squeezed out. 

Currently we have three lists; 
one for professional growers, 
one to protect endangered species and
one for amateur gardeners/growers. 
Under these proposals, the latter two groups would be removed.

The professional growers list is basically only for hybrid seeds - which means that any seed from that crop will likely be sterile. 

Thus you become obliged to buy new seeds each year -  and guess who sells the seeds? Monsanto, Bayer etc.

Furthermore, it will not only be forbidden to sell other seeds than those already mentioned, but also to grow them. This means that these giant Companies will influence what we eat. Historically important varieties, those specific to a range of climates, heirloom seed companies and our immense spectrum of seeds will be whittled down to just a few, controlled by ....

Huge monocultures will develop, a monopoly on varieties and prices - all controlled by them.

The Avaaz community are organising a petition to present to the European Parliament. 

Let's create a storm to save our seeds.


Thursday, 2 May 2013

May Monthly Meeting

This month's meeting will be held at 
11.00am on Tuesday 14th May at Carol and Greg's house.  
Most of you know the way but if you need directions please contact Carol.
Some of the garden is quite established now but there is a new area just being finished-  planted with very young plants, especially over 30 bare root roses bought from Britain including climbers, sprawlers and shrub roses. 

 I hope some of these will be in flower on the day as well as some clematis.  
We also have thriving (at least as I write!) vegetable gardens to see.  
The lower garden has been terraced awaiting further development so be prepared for a trek around the "estate" and suitable walking shoes would be advised.
Looking forward to seeing you all again.
Carol and Greg"
caroljstarr  @  hotmail.com    676 5366 04

Peach Leaf Curl

Peach Leaf Curl
It's that time of year - peach leaf curl attacks peaches, nectarines, do-nut peaches, almonds and, occasionally, apricots.

 It disfigures and drastically weakens the tree affecting yield.
Apply copper fungicide, which we now have in stock.

Lorraine Cavanagh, 

Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga.
Summer hrs: 9 - 2.
Closed Sundays & Mondays.
Tel:         00 34 689928201
Email:       florenaspain@hotmail.com
Web Page:  www.viverosflorena.com & on Facebook

Viveros Florena at Homes & Garden Show

 For those of you that couldn't make the Homes, Gardens and Lifestyle Show at Torremolinos this last weekend,


Here are some photos of our Denim Dream Garden to show you what you missed. 

 We had a great Show and our water feature caused many a chuckle!