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2015 is a very special year for us!

This month, the Garden Centre is celebrating its 15th birthday and my book, Mediterranean Garden Plants, also has its 10th birthday. And because this year is so very special, a double celebration, we'd like to share it with you so we are making big plans.

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, either myself or an invited guest speaker 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 queries.


The day will commence at 10.45am with the annual 5km sponsored walk, for those who wish to participate – around the village of Competa, finishing at The Alberdini Rural Hotel, Pago la Lomilla 85, Competa. Telephone 952516294.

The idea first started in 2006 as sadly many of us had lost friends and family to cancer. Instead of travelling back to the UK to join a “Race for Life” in aid of Cancer Research UK where annually up to 750,000 participate at one of the numerous venues across various towns and cities across the UK, we decided to arrange a local event “Walk for Life” and support Cudeca. To celebrate a decade of Walk for Life, we'd like everyone to join in the celebration and walk wearing the colours of Cudeca, green and/or yellow or dress up as a Sunflower. There will be three separate prizes for the best dressed female, male and youngster. Also for the first time, en route there will be a “special Cudeca watering hole.” Full details to be announced in next month's Grapevine.


Dr Rubi has worked in both public and private hospitals in Spain, the UK and France.

Dr Rubi is also registered with the General Medical Council in the UK because since 2005 she has been reporting MRI from British Hospitals by telemedicine . She sometimes works in the UK, in the Breast Units at various hospitals. For example, she has worked as a Consultant radiologist in the breast Unit at The Royal Cornwall Hospital, in Truro and in the breast Unit of Medway Maritime Hospital, in Kent.


For lazy gardeners – and who isn´t at times - there are very few plants more effective than daisies – they´re tough, easy to grow and give fantastic flower power and value for many. The compositae/asteraceae family is one of the largest and ´core´families of botanics with some 25,000 species.

It is characterised by the annual daisy, bellis perennis – that common ´weed´ of our lawns. It originated in Europe but is now found in most of the world. The true flower is actually the yellow centre which is surrounded by ligules more recognisable to us as petals. At the other end of the family scale is the sunflower, our most giant daisy.

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