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

Friday, 18 October 2013

Recommendatiion re Trees

Just thought I would share this.
I have often looked for trees to plant in our country finca. Pine, Eucalyptus etc
Normally these trees are quite expensive from the local viveros.
I am pleased to report a thoroughly efficient and very cheap nursery which can supply all sort of small
nursery grown trees at -very- reasonable prices.
I discovered it online and I bought 300 3ft trees including -same day- delivery to my door for 80Euros.
Do the math. 
I thought the service, price and quality of the trees was excellent.
Prices are from  just a few cents a tree.
The trees are
professionally grown for the forestry industry so the quality control is second to none.


Antonio will respond. 

Be glad to answer any questions
kenseal at gmail dot com

(Editor Writes :- This is the latest of several items of interest to AGC members that I have published in the Digame Blog. If you have not subscribed - take a look

Jane )

Subscriptions Please November 12th

Just a gentle reminder to all Garden Club members that your annual subscription of €10.00 per person, is due at our next meeting on Tuesday  12th November.

Thank you.  Cindy Jones, Treasurer.

AGC Accounts

                                                                                  Costs                         Receipts    

Brought Forward                                                                                          629.08

Lunch for Speaker May 2013                            15.00
1/4 cost for printer cartridge refill                         7.24
Raffle Tickets                                                      5.22
Summer Picnic Costs;  Music                          100.00
Wine ; Water ; Plates & Candles                      72.76

October Raffle                                                                                              28.50
2 Subscriptions 2014 ; Sue & David Butler                                                   20.00
Auction of Wine left over from Summer Picnic                                              20.00

Carried Forward                                                                                                                497.36

submitted by Cindy, Treasurer

Thanks AGC from CUDECA & MacMillan Cancer Support

Cindy Jones wishes to thank the Garden Club for kindly lending the water urn and mugs for her recent Afternoon Tea in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support and Cudeca Cancer Care.  The successful event raised €1,056 to be split 50/50 between Cudeca and MacMillan.

Thank you also to the garden club members who supported the event and to those who couldn't make it, but stopped me in the street and made donations.  You are all so kind, thank you.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Biggest Poinsettias in the Campo ?

We offer 2  pics of our poinsettias.

Many friends from the AGC may be  interested in the size of them
A few facts
 Average height soil to plant top 7 foot 6 inches.
 They were cut back to the wall height and have grown 3 feet 4 inches since they were cut 4 - 5 weeks ago.

Steve & Jackie Weir

8th October 2013 - AGC visit to Finca el Cerrillo, Canillas de Albaida

Nearly 30 members joined the tour of Sue and Gordon Kind's wonderful hotel and garden.  At Gordon's suggestion we started by meandering through the olive grove "Wild Garden".   We had heard that there would be a surprise in store as we walked down the gently sloping ground and - there it was - a magical evocation of a childhood fantasy - a three-storey Tree House artfully and skillfully constructed by Gordon in the wide branches of an ancient olive tree.  A truly impressive sight.

The hotel was delightful - each courtyard and corner a revelation.  The 200 year old former farmhouse and olive mill is situated on a steeply sloping site which has been terraced to provide planting beds for a full display of summer flowering Lantana, Bougainvillea and Plumbago.   Other beds contained mature cacti and succulents; the whole surrounded by trees providing shade and some intimacy to the various tastefully arranged seating areas around the garden and pool. 

Gordon and Sue have worked extremely hard to create an astounding haven of peace and tranquility, full of wonder and surprises.  It really has to be seen to be believed and many hotel guests stay time and time again - they are taking bookings for 2015 now!

After the tour we enjoyed tea and coffee courtesy of the hotel and Greg auctioned 5 bottles of white wine left over from the summer picnic.   Jane Kirk bid a very generous (considering she doesn't drink!) 20E (to go to AGC funds).

Cindy conducted the raffle - a purple Cordyline australis won by Bernie Marsh and Jo Robinson received her prize for winning last month's word search - a quiz devised by Jane.

Next month Gill and Olgi will be giving a talk and slideshow following their visit to Hampton Court Flower Show in July this year.  Venue to be confirmed, but probably at the Centro de la Juventud.

(Editor Writes - I  have no photos of this visit. If anyone does - please email them to me please . Jane)

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

October Meeting of the AGC

The October meeting will take place on the 8th Oct. at 11.00am, and will be a garden visit at
The Hotel Cerrillo just on the other side of Canillas de Albaida.
This is a stunning garden, full of inspiration, and well worth a visit.

How to get there:- For those coming from the Competa area, go to Canillas de Albaida and turn left at the mini roundabout. At the bottom of the hill turn left out of the village to the juction. Bear right and follow the road, over the bridge at the bottom and up the other side. The Hotel entrance is on the left about 150 metres from the last sharp, uphill, right-hand bend.

For those coming from Archez:
- go past the restuarant El Curro, turn right to Salares and Sedella, and continue up to the top of the hill. Just before the road goes over the other side, turn right to Fogarate. After 50metres, take the right hand fork in the road, to Canillas, and follow for approx 1.5/2kms. The entrance to the Hotel is on the right.

There is plenty of parking, with an overspill on the side of the road.
Unfortunately the Hotel is unable to accomodate teas and coffee, so after a good look at the garden, we will adjourn to Greg and Carols house for coffee, tea, (and Bikkies), for the raffle, auction of bottles of wine, the library etc.
We look forward to seeing you, for a wonderful tour around this lovely garden

Here is a link to the lovely hotel :-          http://www.hotelfinca.com/

Frost Flowers - Quite a Phenomenon !

Frost Flowers
It is as beautiful as it is rare. A frost flower is created
on autumn or early winter mornings when ice
in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems
of plants or occasionally wood.
This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl
and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving
this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.

Conditions have to be just so ... for frost flowers to form.
Early winter is the optimum time to come across them
... as although the weather conditions
must be freezing it is vital that the ground is not,
so water can be sucked up in the stem.As the temperature gets to freezing or just below
...the sap in the stem of the plants will expand.

As it does so, the outer layer of the stem comes under
increasing pressure, and microscopically thin cracks,
known as linear fissures, begin to form. These will
finally give way under the pressure of the sap and split open.
forming cracks for the water to come out through ...
and then freeze

Water is continuously being drawn up the plant 's stem while the ground remains unfrozen.
It travels up the plants external structural axis (stem!) and reaches the split or splits.
As it does so, it oozes slowly out and it freezes. Yet more water is coming behind it....This new water reaches the cracks and it too freezes, pushing the previous slither of ice away from the stem.     And in this manner the amazing ' petals ' that you see
in these pictures are formed.

Incredibly, the frost flower effect can happen to wood
even when it has been made in to a fence or a gate,
as seen above. In this case the water is extruded through
the pores in the wood rather than cracks.The frost flower has a number of other names:
you may know them as frost castles, ice castles,
ice blossoms, or even the very scientific sounding
Yet the name is something of a misnomer: frost is
created by water vapor.
Frost flower, on the other hand, are formed from
liquid water.

If you come across one - be careful!    Rather than attempt to pick it up, if you have a camera or a phone with you ... take a picture instead.
Frost flowers are incredibly delicate and will more often  than not .... shatter when touched.

Not only that, as they are made of such thin sheets of ice, they will melt away as the sun rises higher
in the sky.
You may get frost flowers again the following day,  but unless the conditions are just right ...
the chances are... your first glimpse may be your last.