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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, 15 May 2015

Garden Club Visit Report- Sayalonga 12 May

This was another well attended meeting with 26 members plus 3 guests. Thanks to everyone for sharing cars and organising the car parking on the day.

Cindy opened the meeting by introducing Ian Burpitt, a new member from last month. Although there were three other new members who joined last month, Sharon White, Maxine & Stan, as they were away they were not present at this month's meeting.  

Cindy also welcomed back returning members Linda and Chris Payne and also a new member this month, Jill Usher.

She reminded everyone about their membership cards and the 10% discount at Viveros Florena to be obtained when presenting the membership card.

Following a request from a club member, Cindy said she would also investigate a possible discount at La Palma.

If anyone has an email address for La Palma please let Cindy know or email the editor, thank you.

Cindy reported that she had been to see Dave and Gill in Torrox Campo (organic garden visit) to deliver a belated "thank you gift" and how David had sent his best wishes to the club members.
Cindy also reported that the six month trial period of running the garden club with Judith was expiring, following Carol and Greg's resignation - where does the time go?  

Should club members be in agreement, Cindy indicated that she and Judith were happy to continue until November mainly due to the sterling support of the following club members:
  •  Gill in investigating new venues and preparing directions with the aid of Olig the photographer.
  •  Mave with her secretarial support
  •  Astrid & Peter in administering the club library and 
  •  Maggie Gardner in looking after coffee urn and mugs.
Some-one asked what happens in November and Cindy said "I don't know". However as everyone seemed to be happy for the joint management arrangements to continue, Steve Brogan kindly "seconded"  continuation of these arrangements for the next six months.

Cindy added that she and Judith were disappointed but not surprised at the small response, with only 1 or 2 on ideas for what members what to see and do in the annual meeting programme.

So if members do have views please let us know!!

She also reminded those present that Judith and Tom would like help to tackle weeds at an elderly widower's garden as per the blog.  

If you can help please contact Judith on sunley.judith@btinternet.com

Finally she reminded everyone that the 10 euros subscription fee pays for our meetings etc and explained that together with the sale of raffle tickets, both provided funds to go towards our Summer Picnic wine.  

This explanation must have worked as we had a tremendous raffle ticket sale and raised  50.00 euros.  

All our visitors were extremely generous. 
Thanks to Cindy, Carol and Gregg for the visit reports, and to David for the following photos of the visit.

Visit Report
Twenty nine members were welcomed to view Anna and David's stunning garden on Tuesday 12th May.  
There are few, if any,  gardens on the Costa del Sol which match the fulsome splendour and skill of the planting in this garden.   The plants are brimming with health and vigour with hundreds of roses in full bloom playing the main role in this informal garden of winding paths around generously proportioned borders.  A carefully considered under-planting of low-growing flowering or evergreen plants fill every inch (cm!) of soil.  One plant of note was a sprawling, glossy leaved gardenia with its buds just waiting to burst.   The range of trees, climbers, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs that Anna uses is extensive.  I liked the cobalt blue painted seats and enjoyed coming across tiny nooks containing tables and chairs from which to enjoy different views of the garden.   If this were a Chelsea garden it would be sure to win a Gold Medal.
A large and successful garden like this can only survive our climate with adequate water and this garden has the benefit of an agricultural supply and a well.  David designed and built the extensive irrigation system and, among other things, makes the metal supports for the plants.  Anna and David also employ part-time Spanish gardeners.  
As well as constructing the sinewy brick paths in the main garden Cele Fernandez's team built the beautiful rustic steps which lead to the lower terraces and the railway sleeper raised vegetable beds in the vegetable garden.   Vetiver grass helps retain the soil on the steepest slopes.
We also saw the fox-proof chicken house with its pampered named chickens and cockerels now accompanied by two rabbits.  Two greenhouses now aid the production of vetiver grass for sale for its uses not just as erosion control but in the perfume and medical industries.
Anna and David were excellent hosts providing home-cooked frittata, banana cake and courgette cake and tortilla as well as providing teas and coffees and wine and beer.   Visitors also enjoyed seeing their lovely home and being able to see David's garden photos, taken at different times of the year, on the TV screen.   Thanks too go to Frances who was called in to serve the drinks thereby relieving Anna to act as tour guide.  Another good idea was to provide a book in which people could write down any questions for Anna to answer by email.   I asked my question and have already received my reply!
Carol Starr
Former joint leader of the Axarquia Garden Club

Anna has indicated that she is happy to answer any queries and provide information about the plants shown. Please contact the editor with your queries and I will forward them on to Anna and David.

At the end of the visit Cindy thanked Anna and Dave for being such excellent hosts.
Congratulations to Alan who won the raffle prize;  a rose.

Linda and Chris volunteered their garden venue for our Summer Picnic on August 11th to wonderful applause and that's where we're going.  Chris said "unless some-one else wants to host it."   No-one volunteered.

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