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, 16 May 2014

Report from the May Visit

On Tuesday 13th over 30 members enjoyed a tour of Mitch¡s and Chris France’s garden in Canillas de Albaida campo. 
This spacious garden was full of colour and interest not least from terraces built into an almost vertical slope by Mitch using wooden shuttering. 
These terraces were planted to stunning effect by Chris - including orange lantana, lotus berlottii (parrots beak), bright and differently coloured pelargoniums, aptenia (belly button) among others. 
Red Valerian and other self-seeding annuals and biennials decorated beds at the back of the house and palms and other climbing plants clambered up the rocky banks behind.  
Around the house were spacious shaded and cushioned seating areas decorated in the Moroccan style; the most shady of which sported a very inviting hammock surrounded by the most shade loving plants.  
A spectacular backdrop to the large pool area was a magnificent approx 8m tall Phoenix canariensis whose feathery, tiered branches had been allowed to spread across the ground to around 4m. 
Under-planted with prostrate rosemary this healthy specimen, un-pruned, had remained unscathed by palm beetle.

We welcomed two new members, Lindsay and Gerard, and welcomed back Annette after a long absence in the UK.
Thanks to all those who contributed their surplus plants.
The raffle prize this month was won by Chris Payne

Editor requests...nay - Begs -  for your photos taken during this visit. The gardens were so stunning that we really need to share the images.
janekirkspain at gmail.com

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