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

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Garden Club meeting Tuesday 14 October - Marching through May - The beauty of a Spring Camino

The next Garden Club meeting on TUESDAY, 14th OCTOBER, 2014  
is being held in Competa in the  SALON de ACTOS  at 11AM
Ayuntamiento de Còmpeta.  La Rampa, Cómpeta
when we will be hearing about Maggie Wood's recent hike through Portugal.

Marching through May - the beauty of a spring camino 

Maggie was captivated by the abundance of wayside flowers on her 670km hike through Portugal and will be sharing some of her floral photos in a slideshow presentation at our October meeting.  
If you would like some background information on Maggie's trek along the camino Portuguese from Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain, take a look at her wonderful blog   http://www.magwood.me 
How to find the Salon de Los Actos, Ayuntamiento de Còmpeta.  La Rampa, Cómpeta

Most people will park in the village carpark in the centre where the Saturday Market is held.
  • Out of car & look upwards - eventually 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.

Viveros Florena - Winter Opening hours from 30 September

From Tuesday the 30th September we change to Winter hours 10am - 4pm.

Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga.Author of Mediterranean Garden Plants and Citrus, the Zest of Life.

Garden Centre, Landscape Designers and Constructors.

Tel:          689928201
Email:     florenaspain@hotmail.com
Web:       www.viverosflorena.com
Facebk:   Lorraine Cavanagh´s Garden Centre

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Update invitation to the service celebrating the life of Chester Williams ....

To find the updated information about the service
celebrating the life of Chester Williams

at the new Tanatorio in Competa at 6.00pm on 6th October.

click here

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Chester Williams - a celebration of his life

There will be a Celebration of Chester's life
at the new Tanatoria in Competa
at 6.00pm on 6th October.  

There will be drinks and snacks held at
Fernan´s Bar in Competa after the celebration service.

Thanks Cindy for these directions to the Tanatorio

From Venta de Palma, drive towards the main White Basura and turn down the road this is situated on, this is  Avenida de Torrox. The Guarda Civil is situated on this avenida and it eventually eventually leds to Plaza Vendimia.
At the bottom of the hill on Avenida de Torrox, (there is a water fountain on your right) take the first left and the Tanatoria is on your left.

Kind regards

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Very sad news ...

Club members wish to send our condolences to the friends and family of Chester Williams, who died unexpectedly on Sunday 21 September. 

We were confident of a good recovery since his recent operation and we all thought that he was going from strength to strength . He was always so positive and smiling.  
Chester will be sadly missed, he very rarely missed a Garden Club meeting, where he was always happy to share his gardening stories of both successes and failures, and the fruits and vegetables from his garden.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sea Daffodil

Just thought I would send you a photograph of the lovely Sea Daffodil, (Pancratium Maritumum) taken on the Penoncillo Beach Torrox Costa to share with club members.
I am hoping to join the club soon.
Patricia Shaw

They are really stunning, thanks for sharing Patricia
Send me your photos to sunley.judith@btinternet.com

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Bare Rooted Roses - pre-order now....

We´ve a fabulous new range of bare-rooted roses arriving in November/December - climbers, HT´s, floribundas, shrubs and ground-coverers. If you´d like to pre-order to avoid disappointment, please take a look at them on our web page and email us your order.

For Your Eyes Only


Take a peek at the Rose of the Year 2015 - For Your Eyes Only - it´s special!

Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga.
Author of Mediterranean Garden Plants and Citrus, the Zest of Life.

Garden Centre, Landscape Designers and Constructors.
Opening Hours: 9 - 2, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tel:          689928201
Email:     florenaspain@hotmail.com   viverosflorena@gmail.com
Web:       www.viverosflorena.com
Facebk:   Lorraine Cavanagh´s Garden Centre

Vetiver photos

Find photos showing how the Vetiver grass roots combat erosion here

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Vetiver Grass Sale Special Offer!

On Thursday September 11th we harvested a few hundred plants.  

Now is the time to plant before the rains come so the plants will have a chance to root well.

I have some photos on the website 
www.vetiverspain.com at the bottom of the photo gallery page that show the rapid growth of these plants and some recent experiments.  

Please contact us if you need any plants.  They are 1 Euro per slip.  If you buy 50 plants you will receive a free potted plant that is already established.  

We are located in the campo above Sayalonga where you are welcome to come by to view the grass and to speak with us about your erosion issues.

Contact David:

Tel: 692288657info@vetiverspain.com  
(Editor - the plants I purchased and planted in April are really well established, despite the hot weather. I've just bought a few more.)

Here are some pictures showing how long the Vetiver roots are and how they are able to combat erosion.



Updates - visit to cactus garden and identifying the mystery caterpillar

Find more pictures of the club visit to the cactus gardens here

Find more answers to the insect identification question from Gill Jordan  here - thanks Bernard

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Autumn Bulbs

Arriving soon - loose bulbs for autumn planting. 

Alliums, anemones, crocus, freesias, hyacinths, lilies, bluebells, daffodils and tulips in a riot of colours.
We even have saffron crocus!
Allium Purple Sensation

Anemone Coronaria de Caen

Crocus Sativus Saffron Crocus
Narcissus Hawera
Tulip Ballerina

See details on our web page 
Lorraine Cavanagh, Viveros Florena, Competa, Malaga.
Author of Mediterranean Garden Plants and Citrus, the Zest of Life.

Garden Centre, Landscape Designers and Constructors.
Opening Hours: 9 - 2, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tel:          689928201
Email:     florenaspain@hotmail.com
Web:       www.viverosflorena.com
Facebk:   Lorraine Cavanagh´s Garden Centre

Friday, 12 September 2014

What is this insect? Members responses ....

Your answers 

1.) It might be worthwhile trying to keep a couple till they form chrysalis to see what kind of moth they are.  You can feed them with mashed banana and fruit juice.
Jan Saunders

2.) I think that the picture of the caterpillar is of the "Elephant hawk moth" or "Deilephila elpenor"in latin. In dutch they call it "arrow tail caterpillar" what makes it a bit easier to determine..

(Editor - I have looked on Google images for a picture of the grub and moth for Deilephila elpenor and I think Bernard may be right)


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Cactus garden visit reports - where to find them ...

I am receiving other photos and reports from club members and I think the best plan is to integrate them all into the initial report with the photos sent in by Linda Payne. That way, in future we only need to look in one place.

Keep on sending them in to me and I will update the initial report accordingly.

You can find the consolidated report here


My favourite plant - and a question ...

Gill Jordan has sent pictures of her spectacular Queen of the Night its a beauty.
Don't forget to send me photos of any of your favourite plants.

Here's a few pics of my Queen of The Night that flowered last night, for the third time this year. 

The flowers only open for one night, but with 32 blooms last night, it's worth the wait!!


Are there any entomologists out there please?? 

I have come across several of these beasties today, saved two from the cats, and one from the dog!! 
Does anyone know what they are??
Thanks Gill

 Please send your answers and any more photos to me at sunley.judith@btinternet.com

Find the answers here

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Treasurer's Report

57 members as at 09 September, 2014
Brought Forward









Get well gift club member




Subscriptions (2)




Picnic; Wine & Water




Picnic; Music




Picnic; Plates, Glasses & Cutlery
















3 x 14.75 charge to non club members; Casarabonela




Raffle Voucher




Loymerbus tour to Casarabonela




Tour (24) Cactus Garden











Carried Forward



Kind regards

Casarabonela Cacti & Succulent Botanical Gardens - Club Visit 9 September

Here are some lovely photos sent to me by Linda Payne of the club visit to on 9 September. Thank you Linda.
I have numbered the close up photos of cactuses in case anyone wants to email me their cactus names, and then I can add them to each caption for the benefit of others. Contact me on sunley.judith@btinternet.com.

I have heard the lunch was delicious and that the new owners have much improved the gardens and it is well worth a visit.

I have integrated the additional reports and photos into this report do that we have all of the information in one place.

If you missed  the visit (as I did) here's where to find out more information about the gardens.
Casarbonela Cacti and Succulent Botantical gardens

Jane Kirk has sent us a report and various photos which are included in the report below. Thanks Jane.

And I have also added some photos sent in my Bernard, thanks Bernard.

And Greg Starr has also written a report. I have combined them all in the report below:

Greg reports that twenty four members met at the tourist office in Competa for a prompt 9.00 start. At 9.15 the coach arrived, (hoorah) and everyone boarded. We were warned by Cindy, not sing any songs with rude lyrics, so no songs were sung at all. Jane comments that the coach had one of the best drivers she'd ever seen on a coach!

Down the Sayalonga road and out onto the motorway and over to Malaga taking the road going North to Cartama and beyond. After about an hour and a half we arrived at the Cactus Garden on the outskirts of the white village of Casarabonela. We were welcomed by Mariano and Tania, the young couple who now run the office and restaurant. Four other members had arrived independantly, which made the total numbers attending up to twenty eight. After a much needed cup of coffee we were ready to have a guided tour around the garden and greenhouse. Our tour guide was Mariano and his remarkable knowledge of the plants and their history impressed us all. His command of English was also perfect, but delivered with a strange accent. He explained that he learned to speak English while working with some Scottish ex-pats, and consequently speaks with a Scottish lilt. Strange but charming.

Stopping at various points along the way to give information and to answer a number of questions, we continued through the greenhouse viewing the 800 or so different varieties of cactus from all parts of the world. A very impressive collection. We completed the tour at the plant sales area, where some members bought from a range of plants that were available.

Next up was a tapas lunch provided by our hosts with a drink included in the price. Everyone enjoyed the five or six different dishes, washed down by a drink, in the shaded restaurant area. Cindy then asked our hosts to draw the raffle ticket, for the prize of a €20 voucher to spend at the garden. This was won by Bernard.

Greg gave a vote of thanks to our hosts for a wonderful tour and a lovely lunch, and also, a big thank you to Cindy for organising this very successful day.

On the way home, the Garden Centre had organised a detour to a local garden for us to see some of the cactus plants seen at the Centre, in a garden setting. The coach was unable to drive right to the house, which meant the members had to walk some distance to the garden. A heart felt appreciation to Gill Jordon, who had travelled independantly to Casarabonela, for giving those unable to walk the distance, a lift in her car, from and back to the coach. The garden, known as The Grass Garden, had been visited by the club some three or four years ago. So was nice to see it again.

Back to the coach and on to Competa, arriving at around 5.00, completing a long but satisfying day. Many thanks to Cindy for organising the day, and to all members attending for making it such a success.
Greg Starr

Jane adds that attendees were greeted by the new pond/lake (new as it wasn't there when AGC went 2 years ago). The water was full of a large variety of huge very healthy fish. 


The pond was "policed" by two peacocks who strutted around the area and are "Up for Sale" Understandably after Jane had to warn people "Not to tread in the Peacock Poo" ...
The next photos show the exterior of the house and the sign for the garden there. Lots of grass and delightfully wild. Years of hard work for the owners.

Our guide was superhuman in his ability to rattle them off left, right & centre!
Each area of the huge greenhouse represented an area of the world and contained the cacti & succulents that were to be found there.
We saw the oldest plant in the greenhouse - a 70plus year old Stone Plant. Tiny! In one small bed - probably no bigger than 1X2 meters- there were hundreds of these lovely, little stone plants.  Great for flat dwellers not just because they are small but because one must make sure very little rain ever falls on them.
Artwork was found throughout the  Cactus gardens and we subsequently visited the home of the artist.
One cactus with a "Bat Patch" at the side (above) - is on the migration path for a South African bat- On its way north it can lad on the soft patch where it finds food and pollinates the tiny flowers. Having bred further north the bat returns by way of the cactus and reaps another harvest - this time with the baby bats!

All in all - a lovely, lovely day. We'd visit a third time!

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