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






Monday, 27 July 2015

Peppers at Viveros Florena

Well, they say they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and here is our red penis pepper plant.


We hope that all of you who bought the plants from us e
arlier in the season are now eating such perfect peppers!
   
  And don´t forget this is the last week of our Sale
which ends on 31st July.
  So come and grab a half-price plant!


We love our Moroccan terracotta barbecues


ideal for intimate barbecues for two!
   Priced at €17,50 and think what you save on charcoal!

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

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

Summer Picnic


Linda and Chris Payne have once again, kindly volunteered to host our annual Garden Club Summer Picnic on Tuesday, 11th August, 2015 at 7pm.
As longer serving members know and hopefully our newer members will enjoy, it’s always a casual, fun evening based on the idea of an  American Pot Luck Supper.” 

So please bring along a plate of finger food to place on the central table for everyone to share.  

The food needs to be either, finger or something that can easily be eaten via plastic cutlery/paper plates!!!! 

As a guide, bring anything you would like to eat at a picnic, as long as it is ‘sharing’ food.  Quiches, salads, plate of sausage rolls or nice sandwiches, that sort of thing.  Desserts are always popular too but nothing that will ‘spoil’ or melt.

It’s extremely useful to bring serving utensils if your dish needs serving.  

The club provides red/white wine and water but obviously you are welcome to bring your own favourite drink/tipple along!!!  

In addition, the club provides paper plates/plastic cutlery/napkins and back by popular demand, musical entertainment from Geoff Murrell.

Linda has advised that it would be helpful if members attending bring folding picnic tables or similar and a couple of folding chairs.

Also as the garden has only limited paths or hard surfaces, it is all rock based and the garden is made out of the old drying beds, so flat or very comfortable shoes are a must.

There is no ‘end’ time, especially if it is warm and people want to sit about and chat after the music has finished.  If anyone wants a swim, bring your swimwear and towels with you!
 
What do I need to do now?
 
As courtesy to our hosts, please let us know if you are joining us
by Wednesday 5th August
and let me know the following information

- How many are attending in your car?
- Do you have any spaces to give a lift to a club member?
- Would you like a lift to the picnic?
- Do you want to meet up by Portichuello at approximately 7 pm on the Ridge Road to follow a guide car to Chris and Linda's house.
- Do you want to ‘park’ in the layby at the top of the track, and arrange for someone to meet you there and guide you down, or even park there and come down in another vehicle.
Please do not hit reply to this email as your response may get lost in the system.
Please email your response to sunley.judith@btinternet.com
Directions
It is not easy to find so if people do not know the area, or the tracks, it would be best to arrange to meet at Portichuello’s corner and all come together.  About 7 p.m. would be fine. 
 
If anyone would like to ‘park’ in the laybay at the top of the track, we can arrange for someone to meet them there and guide them down, or even park there and come down in another vehicle.
 
For independent souls, here goes….
  • Follow the road from Portichuello towards Sayalonga until it goes uphill quite steeply, past Casa de la Mesa where it bends to the right.  Shortly after this the road divides at a fork.  TURN LEFT down the concrete ‘bit’ - there are lots of house names on this corner.
  • Stay on this road , it is not a track, (quite winding, for about 10 minutes) until you see some electricity boxes on your right hand side and a row of conifers next to them, the road starts to bear left here and there is a house up on your left with a steep slope
  • Go down the turning on your right AFTER the conifers (not the one by the boxes).  If you come to a lay bay with a sea view you have gone past it
  • There is a little road marker which says Loma Sepultura and we will put our Garden Club sign out here, with some balloons.  Do not miss this turn.  There is now a mile to go and it is all down hill.
  • Stay on the track, there is a little bit of concrete, passing Casa La Colina on your right.  After the next bend you will see Casa Salsa on the right then a long white wall of Finca Mojito. (then you will know you are on the right track).  The track then goes right , stay on the same track, ignore the Casa los Dos signs on the left.
  • Keep going down , you will pass Casa Raimundo on your left hand side.  We will put some balloons here, just to reassure you.  The track bears left and you will see the gates of ‘Olive Hills’ in front of you.  Keep going down.
  • After that you cannot really go anywhere else but down to us.  After leaving Olive Hills on your left there is another sharp right turn and the corner is not very good.  Take care.  There are no more houses for about half a mile but keep going.  This part of the track is quite a good surface.  At no stage can you see Chris and Linda's Finca!…. but you will arrive in their garden.
 
     
     
     

    Wednesday, 22 July 2015

    Viveros Florena - Summer 50% sale

    Don`t forget to check out
    the Viveros Florena
    Super Summer Sale which started
    Tuesday 21 July at 9am.
     
    Most trees, climbers, herbs, shrubs
    and small plants are reduced by 50%
     
     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 Summer Hours: 9 - 2, closed Sundays and Mondays.
    Tel:          689928201
    Email:     florenaspain@hotmail.com
    Web:       www.viverosflorena.com
    Facebk:   Lorraine Cavanagh´s Garden Centre

    August meeting - Summer picnic 11 August

    Chris and Linda Payne have kindly volunteered to be our hosts for the
    annual Summer celebration at their delightful garden in the Competa campo
    on Tuesday 11 August.


    New members may not know that we hold an annual picnic and visit the gardens of a club member every August. Because of the hot weather the August meeting is held in the evening.

    Members are asked to bring food to the picnic, for example salads, savouries or desserts and we take "Pot Luck". The club provides wine and drinks.

    It can sometimes be helpful to bring picnic chairs and tables too. I will let you know if they are needed for the meeting this year in my next update.

    This is an early notification of this year's picnic. I will be posting more details in due course, together with directions. The garden is a little off the beaten track, but Tom and I have managed to drive there, so it can be done.

    Keep your eyes peeled for the further details, when I will also be asking  for a reply indicating if you will be attending.

    July Financial report

    Financial Update as at 14 July, 2015

    Balance Brought Forward;                                                                           584.43

    July Raffle                                            16.00
    July Plant Sale                                       4.61

    Refreshments for meeting                                                            7.33
    Lunch for Speaker and Driver                                                     20.00

    Balance Carried Forward                                                                             577.71


     

    July meeting - Plants that changed the world - Sue Rodgers

    Editor - Apologies for the delay in posting the visit report. I have only just got back from the UK (which is why Tom and I missed the meeting)
     
     
    On arrival at Salon de Actos, it was clearly "out of order" for a meeting due to the workmen cutting picture tiles to place outside the Town Hall so the group were switched to a room in "Fernans" old bar.  
     
    Thanks to the following members for their help in getting the room ready for our meeting;  Gill for sorting out the much needed air conditioning, Steve for acquiring tables, Linda for sourcing refreshments from Aliprox and everyone for moving the chairs!!!!
     
    Cindy welcomed everyone to the meeting and had received a number of apologies due to many members being back in the UK so we were a much smaller group of 14.
     
    Sadly Cindy announced that Peter and Astrid are away for a number of meetings later in the year and therefore feel they have to "give up" handling the club's library.  The club urgently needs some volunteers to take over this role and if no-one indicates an interest by the next meeting on 11 August, then regretfully the library will discontinue.  If you are interested, please contact Cindy, or Peter and Astrid who will explain what is involved.

    Cindy then introduced Sue Rodgers, our speaker for the meeting whose props did not include a single plant but an interesting selection of articles to include; a minature glass house, a can of coke cola, a bottle of tonic water, cotton tee-shirt,  and a rubber. Sue's subject was "Plants that have changed the World"  which everyone enjoyed as it was so informative and interesting.  
     
    Sue also brought along a very comprehensive book "Fifty Plants that have changed the Course of History" by Bill Law.  If the club finds members to run the library then Cindy will purchase the book for us.

     

    Wednesday, 1 July 2015

    Reminder - Sue Rogers - "Plants that have changed the course of history"

    Don't forget that our next garden club is in Competa on 14 July at 11.00 am.
     

    Sue Rogers will be giving a fascinating presentation on 
    "Plants that have changed the course of History"
     

    Please find the details and directions here:
    http://axarquiagardenclub.blogspot.com.es/2015/06/garden-club-meeting-14-july-salon-de.html

    Happy little bees

     
       Our beehive has had a paint job and now boasts a cooling natural green roof.
      Happy little bees!

       The Viveros Florena Team
       Summer Hours: 9 - 2, closed Sundays and Mondays.



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

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

    Calling any succulent experts out there

    So far I have had no replies to Linda Payne's question about the shrub pictured below. Super big picture posted to aid in identification.



    Having taken a cutting from a garden visit in Spain some 12 years ago, Linda has found that it has since grown happily in her garden to a sizeable shrub. 

    A further cutting taken from this shrub a couple of years ago is growing happily on the courtyard wall, and has flowered!  The original shrub has never flowered.

    Who can identify what it is please?


    Please reply to the editor on  sunley.judith@btinternet.com