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






Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Can you help please

 
 
Garden club members may be aware that Greg Starr recently had surgery on his hand and then Carol had a serious fall injuring her shoulder.
 
From our garden club visits we know how lovely their garden in Fogarate is and the various projects that Greg always has underway.
 
 
Well we are now asking whether we can gather together a Working Party of volunteers from the Garden Club to respond to a request for help from Carol and Greg. See below....

Hi Judith and Cindy,

I've held off asking - but things are really getting on top of us with our recent, consecutive incapacities and wonder if you'd mind posting on the blog a plea for a morning's AGC work-party to help whip our overgrown jungle back into shape.  Two, three, four or more helpers would be great and some, but by no means all, of the work will need some strong-arm stuff.  Home-made pizza lunch will be provided! 

Best regards

xxxx Carol


Can you help? If you can please respond to

as soon as possible with a suggestion about which mornings you would be available.

Thank you 

Last call for our next garden club visit - 14 April

We are delighted to announce a record number of replies for our next garden club visit to the
Finca Cerillo on 14 April.
 
You will find more details and the directions on the link below!

http://axarquiagardenclub.blogspot.com.es/2015/03/garden-club-meeting-14-april-2015.html

Its not too late to reply, but please let Cindy know as soon as possible if you will be joining us.

As our generous hosts, Sue and Gorden Kind are providing refreshments, please advise Cindy via email cindyjones19@hotmail.com  by Thursday, 09 April so that she can confirm numbers attending:

a ) if you are attending

b)  if you need a lift.

Thank you
 
Please do not hit reply or your email may get lost in the website's management system.
Please reply to cindyjones19@hotmail.com.

Viveros Florena - Easter Opening hours

     

We are open normal hours over Easter.

So, we are closed Sunday and Monday, as always, and the rest of the week we are open between 10 and 4.
   Don't forget Bee Day on April 1st at 11.00 am
 
 
THE VIVEROS FLORENA TEAM - we're buzzzzzzzzing 
 
 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: 10 - 4, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tel:          689928201
Email:     florenaspain@hotmail.com
Web:       www.viverosflorena.com
Facebk:   Lorraine Cavanagh´s Garden Centre 

Monday, 30 March 2015

Viveros Florena Open Day and Bee Day - Wednesday 1 April

Don't forget our first Open Day and Bee Day
 
Wednesday Ist April - Talk starts at 11am
 
as part of our 15th birthday celebrations!


A professional bee keeper will be setting up a bee hive at the Garden Centre and answering all your queries.
 
Come and see how it's done, have a free tea/coffee/homemade cake in our lovely patio area.
 
And there'll be lots of special birthday offers too!
 
 
The Viveros Florena Team.


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: 10 - 4, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tel:          689928201
Email:     florenaspain@hotmail.com
Web:       www.viverosflorena.com
Facebk:   Lorraine Cavanagh´s Garden Centre 

Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal Spring Garden Fair - Saturday April 11

From: rosie@thebtf.net

Hello everyone,
 
Here is the latest information on our first Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal Spring Garden Fair, and our first major event held in the western side of the Algarve.
 
Your members and contacts are very welcome and are invited to join us for this special day.
 
ASSOCIAÇÃO DE PLANTAS E JARDINS EM CLIMAS MEDITERRÂNICOS
Spring Garden Fair
Saturday April 11th 11.00am – 5.00pm

Quinta da Figueirinha, Silves

Entry €
1 (accompanied children free)

Directions at
www.qdf.pt
Facebook see Mediterranean Gardeners – Portugal

http://mediterraneangardeningportugal.org

Following the wonderful response to the annual autumn Garden Fairs in recent years we have decided to take the big step of holding our first Spring Garden Fair and take this event to the western side of the Algarve. With new specialist nurseries and a big range of plants for sale there should be something to inspire spring fever in every gardener.  

There will be specialist advice available on spring planting and care for long term survival including feeding and watering advice. Our full range of Mediterranean gardening advice leaflets will be available at the fair. 

Nurseries will be offering drought tolerant plants suitable for Mediterranean gardens, ground cover succulents, fruit trees, shrubs and trees.

There will be tours of the Quinta and refreshments on site with free car parking. 

The Spring Garden Fair will be held at Quinta da Figueirinha, a 36 ha family-run bio-agricultural farm with agroturism facilities which has fruit orchards, themed gardens and natural vegetation. It was founded in 1988 by the agronomists Dr. Gerhard Zabel and Uta Zabel. The Quinta works towards sustainable development of the rural area and in agriculture and environmental protection, there are formal trials on site for drought resistant and fire resistant tree species and also a botanical fruit tree collection.     

There will be a Plant Clinic for your garden queries, new & second hand book sales including the new book by Sue Parker on The Orchids of the Algarve and a full range of Algarve wild life and natural history books. The recently published Kew Guide to the Wildflowers of the Algarve will also be available.

Members of the Mediterranean Garden Association look forward to sharing their experiences of gardening with visitors to the Fair. Membership of the new Association for those joining at the fair through to December 2015.

For more information please contact Rosie Peddle, 289 791 869.
rosie@thebtf.net

Web site
www.mediterraneangardeningportugal.org 

Rosie

Monday, 23 March 2015

Reminder about the April Garden Club visit - have you replied to Cindy yet?

Cindy has asked that we let her know who is attending the next Garden Club meeting on   to on Tuesday, 14th April 2015,  11am  to the beautiful hotel Finca El Cerrillo, Canillas de Albaida.  

Click for more details and directions here Meeting 14 April

As our generous hosts, Sue and Gorden Kind are providing refreshments, please advise Cindy via email cindyjones19@hotmail.com  by Thursday, 09 April so that she can confirm numbers attending:

a ) if you are attending

b)  if you need a lift.

Thank you
 
Please do not hit reply or your email may get lost in the website's management system. Please reply to cindyjones19@hotmail.com.

Have you replied yet?

Garden Club Membership Cards

Cindy and Mave have been busy designing new club membership cards which we can use to claim discounts negotiated by the Garden Club. Now that's a great idea! Well done to them both.

More about the discounts later ...

So that is why they may have contacted you to make sure that your full names are printed correctly.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Limes - back in stock ...

 Back in stock - 

Kaffir limes, a must for Thai cooking. If you missed out last time, get here quick!


 
 And, even rarer, Australian finger limes/caviar limes.
 
 Both priced at €45 each.  
 
 The Viveros Florena Team.
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: 10 - 4, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tel:          689928201
Email:     florenaspain@hotmail.com
Web:       www.viverosflorena.com
Facebk:   Lorraine Cavanagh´s Garden Centre

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Dont forget - Purple Awareness Day 27 March 2015

Purple Day - 27th March 2015


in aid of Epilepsy Awareness Day

Light Musical Concert given by the Purple Poppers at 8.00 pm at La Vendimia, Competa.

We are delighted to say that part of the varied programme includes the wonderful Eusebio Pita, who will be singing a couple of solos, as will our well-loved Geoff Murrell plus soloists from the Purple Poppers.

Free Entrance.  Wonderful Raffle Prizes

We hope you're coming - please wear purple and join in the fun!


To guarantee a seat - please book. 

Call La Vendimia 952 553880

Greg and Carol Starr

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Garden Club meeting 14 April 2015

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, 14th April 2015,  11am  is at the beautiful hotel Finca El Cerrillo, Canillas de Albaida, where we can tour at our leisure their stunning gardens and land.  
 
 
There is limited parking, so where feasible, please share cars.
 
For those members who visited the gardens last year you know the gardens are a delight, and well worth a second visit. Much work was in progress last year and we hope we can see how this has developed during our April visit.
 
As our generous hosts, Sue and Gorden Kind are providing refreshments, please advise Cindy via email cindyjones19@hotmail.com  by Thursday, 09 April so that she can confirm numbers attending:

a ) if you are attending

b)  if you need a lift.

Thank you
 
Please do not hit reply or your email may get lost in the website's management system. Please reply to cindyjones19@hotmail.com.
 
1) Directions from Sayalonga.
 
Take the road from Sayalonga towards Competa. After Sayalonga village continue for approx another 10 mins until you come to a very sharp left turn signposted to Archez and Corumbela.
 
This tricky junction is best described as a 'Y' junction and you need to take the left, downhill road.
 
(NB Ignore signs to Competa and Canillas de Albaida.)
This road will bring you to the village of Archez. At this point, there are 2 ways to get to the Finca. We recommend the slightly longer route for your first visit!

In Archez, turn left and go over the bridge. Take the road on your right signposted to Sedella and Salares.
 
After about 5 mins you will reach a sign at the top of a hill saying 'Fogarate.'
 
Turn right here and keep right (do not go left up towards Fogarate) follow the road as it snakes towards the white village of Canillas.
 
Keep right if in doubt at any point.
 
Finca el Cerrillo is on your right.
 
 
2) Directions if coming from Competa
 
Exit Canillas de Albaida by going down the hill on the road towards Archez, past the village swimming pool on the right and Shrine of San Anton on the left.
 
After San Anton it is literally only a few yards before you need to turn right.
 
DON’T CONTINUE TO ARCHEZ .
 
Turn right at the "T junction"  at the bottom  (signposted for Puerto de los Carboneros)
 
There is also a small pylon at this point and a few yards on - some bins in a wooden enclosure which you will pass on your left) Then follow the road down to the Roman Bridge with the little mill house on the right and stay on the road as it climbs back up out of the valley.
 
There are a couple of ‘challenging’ bends – after a very steep right bend you will see the road levels out and there is a sign on your left ‘villa Lisa Katerina’ .
 
Only a few yards on your left is the entrance for Finca el Cerrillo.
 
If you get lost on the day call  Finca el Cerrillo tel 952 030 444. http://hotelfinca.com/

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Garden Club financial report

Treasurer's report as at 10 March
 
Balance Brought   Forward                                                                                                                          397.78  
     
March  Raffle  10.00  
March  Subscriptions received 30.00  
     
Get Well gift   8.00
Entrance fees to garden   4.85
     
Balance Carried Forward    406.93

Cindy Jones


Mediterranean Garden Association - AGM Day Wednesday March 25th - Querença

Attached is the full programme and details for our Annual General Meeting following our first year of operation.

We have author and horticulturist John Fielding joining us on the day  to talk on the wildflowers of the Algarve and also for the walk at Fonte de Benemola near Querença.  

I hope that this will be of interest to your members and they will be very welcome to join us.
 
We will also have our full range of wildflower and natural history books for sale from First Nature including the new Orchid Book and also the Kew Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Algarve.
 
You are invited  and very welcome to join us for this celebration of our first year of events and to hear our plans for the future.  
 
Please pass on this information to anyone interested in joining us on the day for the talk and/or walk.
 
Costs:   
Free to members and visitors - AGM meeting
 
€5 per person, free for members - Wildflower talk entry fee  includes coffee break,
 
€20 per person  Lunch and afternoon Guided walk with leaflet,
 
Please inform me by March 18th at the latest if you will be attending and include your lunch choices if appropriate
 
 
If you need more information please do not hesitate to get in touch,
All best wishes,
 
Rosie Peddle
rosie@thebtf.net
Secretary – Mediterranean Gardening Association, Portugal
 
MORE INFORMATION AND PROGRAMME
 
ASSOCIAÇÃO DE PLANTAS E JARDINS EM CLIMAS MEDITERRÂNICOS
Mediterranean Gardening Association – Portugal
www.mediterraneangardeningportugal.org
MGAP Members and Friends
Annual General Meeting – Assembleia Geral
Wednesday March 25th 10.00am
Querença, Loule, Algarve
Illustrated Talk 11.30am – John Fielding on
Wildflowers of Algarve
Members and friends are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting in the lovely typical Algarve town of Querença near Loule. The business meeting will include an informal discussion to set priorities for the coming year and will be followed by an illustrated talk by John Fielding on the Wonderful Wildflowers of the Algarve. John will also be involved in the guided Wildflower walk at Fonte de Benemola in the afternoon. His talk will demonstrate the similarities and differences between west and eastern Mediterranean using the Algarve flora as a theme.
 
This is our first Annual General Meeting following the establishment work of the past twelve months for our new Association. This is an important milestone and we hope as many members as possible will be able to participate. Only members will be able to vote at the business meeting.
PLEASE contact rosie@thebtf.net if you wish to attend and/or
book in for lunch by 18th March at the latest.
The Agenda and documents will be circulated to members in advance and any items you wish to be included on the Agenda should be sent to the Secretary, Rosie Peddle at rosie@thebtf.net by March 16th at the latest. Further details and copies of the Statutes available on request. We aim to provide facilities for members to vote on the agenda items via email, so please let us know if you cannot attend the meeting personally but would like to be included in the voting via email.
There will be a sales table for books on the wildflowers of the Algarve.
Directions and more information on http://infolugares.pt/Loule/Tasquinha-Do-Lagar
GPS 37.197461,-7.98697
Costs: Free to members and guests - AGM meeting
€5 guests, free for members - coffee break, Wildflower talk entry fee
€20 per person Lunch and afternoon Guided walk with leaflet, menu choices are below and should be sent for everyone booking in for lunch before March 18th.

PROGRAMME
9.30 for 10.00 AGM Business Meeting in Tasquinha do Lagar Restaurant
11.00 Coffee for everyone at Tasquinha do Lagar
11.30 Illustrated Talk by John Fielding in Fundação Manuel Viegas Guerreiro Auditorium, Querença
13.00 Lunch in Tasquinha do Lagar
14.30 Guided Walks start at Fonte de Benemola with John Fielding & Pat O’Reilly
16.30 Disperse
John Fielding is a Royal Botanic Gardens Kew trained professional horticulturist, photographer, author, garden designer and plant breeder. He gave a talk on Mediterranean Bulbs at our 2013 Spring Conference and is the joint author of the acclaimed Flowers of Crete. He cultivates a large range of plants in his private collection, especially Mediterranean species. John is on two Committees of the RHS. His web site is www.jfimages.co.uk
Querença is a typical small village situated in the Loulé department, in the Algarve region, a place of natural and architectural beauty. This is a region of ancient human occupancy where different cultures and history come together. The village, located on a low hillside, is characterized by its charming typical white houses with a coloured bar around windows and doors, and with the traditional Algarve chimneys, showing the influence of many years of Moorish occupancy of the territory. At the top of the hill is the lovely 16th century Mother Church with its interesting Manueline portal and a modest decoration, right in front of the pillory sited on a rock. This rural village is well known for the quality of its agricultural products.
The Querença Market is held on the last Sunday of each month, between 10h and 13h near the Church. On this day, you will find the village elders, traditional sweets experts and homemade bread from a wood oven, quality agricultural products and local crafts. The next market will be held on Sunday 29th March.
PARKING is on the road sides in the town and near to the square, there is no parking in the square itself.
Fonte de Benemola is a natural spring that continues to flow even in the hottest and driest weather in the Algarve, and this lovely spot still has lush vegetation along the stream banks when the rest of the landscape is brown and arid.
 
The site was designated to protect its wildlife in 1991, and the well-trodden circular walk around the reserve is easy to follow and not too taxing. A gentle stroll, allowing time to take photographs, will take around one and a half hours.
Directions
Fonte de Benemola lies north of Loule and can be found by taking the road north to Querença for around 8 kilometres. Take the first left turn signed to Querença, but then ignore the second one and continue straight along the road, passing through a small village called Pombal. Approximately one kilometre beyond Pombal you will see a sharp right hand turn into the parking area for Fonte de Benemola. The car park has an information board about the wildlife of the reserve and also displays a map of the circular walk.
Our walk will start from the car park at 14.30.
More Information http://www.algarvewildlife.com/walksc-benemola.php
http://www.first-nature.com/worldsites/pt-benemola.php
Lunch Options – 13.00 at the Tasquinho do Lagar includes light snacks , olives, bread/butter, a main course, salads and water. No wines or desserts are included in the price but will be available. The restaurant is opening specially for our event so we need to let them know our menu choices in good time.
Please make your choice from the following and send to rosie@thebtf.net before 18th March
1. Bacalhao com Natas roasted in the oven with cream and bread crumbs
2. Stewed Chicken with tomatoes served in individual dishes.
CONTACT for more details on the day - Rosie Peddle TM 918 718 474

Celebration time at Viveros Florena

15th Anniversary of the Garden Centre, Viveros Florena
10th Anniversary of my book, Mediterranean Garden Plants
 
We are scheduling four Open Days through the year at the Garden Centre and, on those days, there will be lots of special offers and discounts. At the Open Days, invited guest speakers will be giving a talk on gardening or a related subject, followed by free tea/coffee/soft drinks with home-made cake and, of course, I will be there with my team to answer all your gardening queries.
 
The dates of these Open Days – to give you plenty of warning – have been scheduled for:
 
1st April - Bee Day.        
A specialist bee-keeper is coming to set up a working bee hive at the Garden Centre, show us how it's done and answer all our questions.  
 
We want to make this a memorable year, so our first Open Day is Bee Day. We are going to set up a working bee hive at the Garden Centre and we hope the bees will flourish and grow with us. We think that many of you are fascinated by the world of bees, as we are, so Mick the Bee Man, a professional bee-keeper, will show us the entire set-up, explain how to look after the hive and bees and answer all our questions.
 
We are having placid, well-mannered bees for our tranquil setting, so come along – bee wise! There’ll be honey to buy on the day and, hopefully, we’ll soon be producing our very own Florena honey. You may even go home with a hive!
 
3rd June - Herb Day.      
Details to be advised.
 
7th October                    
Details to be advised.
 
9th December - Wine Day.
A trained sommelier will be giving us lots of wine advise and tastings to put us in fine spirits for Christmas time.
 
All talks will start at 11am.
 
We’ll keep you posted on special events for the other Open Days and all that will be happening in 2015.
 
On top of all that, my book, Mediterranean Garden Plants, has now been around for 10 years – unbelievably! Many of you have already bought it and love it – thank you all. From 1st March and for the rest of the year, it will be at a special birthday price of €20 – a lovely gift for a birthday, house-warming or just because!
 
We haven’t forgotten far-flung fans either. If you purchase any item through our web page, you will be sent a 15% discount voucher off your next order. This will be valid until the end of 2015.
 
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: 10 - 4, closed Sundays and Mondays.
Tel:          689928201
Email:     florenaspain@hotmail.com
Web:       www.viverosflorena.com
Facebk:   Lorraine Cavanagh´s Garden Centre 

Jardin Botanico Molino de Inca - visit report and photos

This was a visit that I was sorry to miss at short notice, especially seeing the comments from Jo Robinson below, and the brilliant pictures taken by Gill Jordan.
 
15 club members made the trip, there being a few last minute drop outs due to ill health and other things.

Please read right to the end where there is a question for members to consider!




Cindy Jones advises that the garden employs three full time gardeners but they have other gardeners they can "pull in" to help with different projects.  

Today there were numerous gardeners around and everywhere was pristine.  

The garden has permanent rights to the water from La Cueva Springs in Torremolinos.



 
 The hydraulic flour mill is powered by energy produced by a waterfall over five metres high with a flow of 22 litres water per second.

 

     



 

56 species of beautiful palms from all over the world are on display.
 
 
Visit report by Jo Robinson
 
 
What a gorgeous day to wander round the fabulous gardens in Torremolinos.

We were exceptionally lucky with the weather, in fact it was a day which definitely called for shorts and teeshirts!

The gardens were in the throes of being spruced up for the Spring and everything looked wonderful. Incredibly enough there were all kinds of shrubs and trees resplendent in flower.
 
Can you imagine seeing Poinsettas, holly berries, white and yellow jasmine all in flower at the same time as begonias, geraniums and even some roses? Absolutely glorious! A huge amount of massive palms from all over the world to feast your eyes on.
 
The buildings housing the history of the ancient flour mill showed you how the mill was used in days gone by with photos, tools, and all kinds of artefacts which had been dug up during the renovations. And there was water everywhere! Fantastic fountains, rills, waterfalls and ponds all beautifully cared for.




 
I was happy to see some of the aviaries were being made larger. 
 
There was a very nice place just down the road in which to have lunch, all very good value and quite delicious.
 
Apparently there is a garden centre not far away on the same estate which I didn't manage to see, but I shall certainly be going back there as every season will show something different.
 
Jo Robinson

The photos taken by Gill Jordan show the many features in the garden really well.

 






 
 








  
 Do you know the answer?

Here's a question for you from Gill Jordan - can anyone identify the plant in the pictures below with the pink flowers? Answers to the editor please at sunley.judith@btinternet.com.