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

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Green Fingers Gardening Group - Annual Show

Annual Show a 'mini Chelsea' @ Viveros Algarrobo on A356 on the 17th June 2014
EVERYONE is welcome to enter any of the competition categories so come along & complete an entry form on the day, it is only a 1euro per category!!!!!
They are also available at the garden centre now.
Registration starts @11.00 am & all competition entries must be with Peter Girvan at the registration desk by 11.25am & on display by 11.30 am for judging to commence promptly at 11.35 am!
Categories are:
1). Large Cake any type
2). Scones any flavour
3). Chutney
4). Jam/marmalade/lemon curd
5). Fruit & /or vegetable display
6). Fresh Flower arrangement/display
7). Cacti  & succulents
8). Unusual container display

Open to the public at 12.00 noon to view the results of the judging panels.
A raffle will be held of donated prizes and all funds will go to LOCAL CHARITY chosen by the members.
Prize giving will be at 12.45 pm
Raffle draw  : 13.00 pm
If you wish to donate your exhibit to the raffle notify Peter Girvan at the registration desk.
There is also a coffee shop at the garden centre, where you can enjoy refreshments while you wait for the results of the judging.
 It is on the A356 between Velez Malaga and Vinuela at KM39

AGC - Financial Update - June 2014

Balance Brought Forward                                                      € 843.31

Purchase of 2 Books;   Designing Gardens  &
                                     Garden Masterclass            €32.12

June Raffle                              €33.00

New Membership                   € 15.00

Balance   Carried   Forward                                                    €859.19

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

AGC Meeting June 10th 2014

Holiday in Morocco and Progress in the Drought Resistant Garden of Andrew Sloan
 Andrew visited the AGC 18 months ago from his home in Alhaurin.
The report of his visit can be found here in the AGC Website:-

This time....
[The Club was initially entertained by the oft-performed “Let’s Just Check if We Can Show the Slides” – with Andrew, his lovely wife Margarita and an Ayuntamiento “expert”
The State-of-the Art equipment installed at the behest of the Mayor refused to work without the Mayor himself being present ! Accordingly, it was decided to go back into the waiting arms of some Older Technology. This too proved to be a problem until it was discovered that the Extension Cable had not actually been switched on.
What came after that was almost bound to be an anti-climax!]
However, Andrew (with Margarita on the keyboard for the Slides) took us to Morocco, reliving their MGS Visit earlier this year!
(Mediterranean Garden Society)
MGS Concentrates on the following parts of the World

Several features of the Morocco tour were highlighted –

The goats eating the fruit of the Argan Tree. (right) They deposit the stones in their dung and  the herdsmen rescue those nuts to process into  Argan Oil.

The unusual height of the Moroccan  Olive Trees – here in Spain, an olive tree is kept short so that a man  in the ground can easily divest it of its fruit. In Morocco – men are lifted into the trees (willingly?) in order to complete the harvest.

The MSG visited several beautiful, private gardens which were totally different from the usual type in Spain
In Marakesh, Andrew & Margarita played “hooky” in order to pay a lengthy visit to the Souk instead.
Casablanca showed them huge euphorbias which prompted Andrew to warn us against the sap of these succulents – it can be lethal! It causes serious burns wherever it touches the body and can even be responsible for blindness. One goes to hospital immediately one touches it!
Just north of Fez, they visited the ruins of the most southerly outpost of the Roman Empire – Volubilis. They we overwhelmed with these ruins and captivated by the Tour Guide’s information.
We saw photos of startlingly red, russet and ochre sedum plants. They turn these colours when stressed - drought will do it every time

Andrew had been advised to ensure that the cacti-succulent gardens he was creating incorporated sufficient shade for the plants and also rocks to shade the roots.
He is justly proud of the range of Cacti & Succulents he has manged to grow from seed following various “Seed Swaps” via the Facebook  Planet Aloe.
Indeed, he reports :-
This is one of the 3 aloe burhii I germinated 3 years ago. It is one of the quicker and less common aloes and very attractive. It caused quite a stir amongst the Californians when I posted this photo on Planet Aloe.
We were left with a variety of memorable details from the lecture, chief amongst which was a desire by most to get on a coach that afternoon and go to visit the Roman Ruins at Volubilis, staying at the lovely Hotel there.
Personally –
In future, I shall always refer to myself as “Having a Sedum Moment” whenever I feel stressed!

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

AGC Meeting Tuesday 10th June ...... Secret Location

Always keen to intrigue you - we did not explain how to find the venue for Andrew's presentation on Tuesday morning...
Salon de Los Actos, Ayuntamiento de Còmpeta.  La Rampa, Cómpeta
Time to end the Suspense!
  • Most people will need to park in the village carpark in the centre where the Saturday Market is held.
  • Out of car & look upwards - eventuallu. you will see the Church Tower
  • Head up the steep hill called La Rampa towards this  visible, brown, Moorish Tower of the Church.
  • Half way up, on the left of this hill is a small Eroski supermarket
  • Opposite it is the Town Hall Noticeboard on the Wall - (The Ayuntamientio itself is  up a flight of white steps.)
  • No need to ascend, enter the building on the ground floor where you find the Cafè - El Despacho de Fernan  AND The Salon de Los Actos.
See you there ! Sitting Pretty for 11am
Any queries - call 616 5500  71

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

AGC 2014 June Meeting - Guest Speaker Returns!!

 The next Garden Club meeting will be at
The Salon de Actos in Competa at 11.00 am on Tuesday 10th June.   
Our speaker is Andrew Sloan who is a passionate advocate of water-wise gardening in our area where water is becoming evermore expensive.
He has been invited to speak to us again with slides showing the progress of his drought tolerant garden planted with varieties of aloes and cactus.  
Some members may remember hearing and enjoying his  talk in November 2012.

The main theme of his presentation will be
his recent Garden Tour of Morocco with the Mediterranean Garden Club.

The link below will take you to the photos from Andrew's previous visit....

This is a meeting Not to be Missed!
See you all there!