Spanish State Visit
The British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley, has welcomed the announcement of a State Visit to the United Kingdom from 6th - 8th June 2017.
The plant of the month is Dimorphoteca a cousin of the daisy which is native to South Africa.
This plant is ideal for growing here in Spain as it requires little water and is happy in the sun and direct exposure. Research and different tests have resulted in the appearance of hybrids of daisies of varied colours. This confusion can arise among the less expert when seeing a Dimorphotheca, as the size of its flowers is very similar to the daisy, with the centre darker than the outer petals which are numerous. The colours include a wide spectrum including white, pink, fuchsia, yellow and orange, although the most common colour is yellow. The flowers appear in the last months of spring and throughout the summer.
This herbaceous plant, like its cousin-daisy sister, also belongs to the group of composites with varieties of evergreen and annual leafed plants. It is advisable to plant Dimorphothecas in the first weeks of autumn in well-drained soil that has been previously fertilized. In the days following the planting it is advisable to provide abundant water, but after these first three weeks the water supply should be low - quarter of a litre every 20 days. The plants can suffer from mildew and rot, especially if over-watered.
Plant Dimorphothecas approximately 25cm apart where they can ensure the presence of the sun. They make great plants in borders as they are so colourful, flower for many weeks and need little maintenance. Deadhead the flowers regularly.
Paco and Esther at Jardinería El Milagro will advise you which are the best plants for your garden.
We have been led to believe since way back in the 1970's and 1980's that fat is bad for us and that we should be consuming foods 'low in fat' or even 'fat free' and therefore banishing it from our diets. This has created a huge industry for so called 'healthy' or 'diet' foods, all claiming to give us the end result of weight loss and a healthier cardiovascular system.
Nationwide Protest Over Sad Fate Of Hunting Hounds
Thousands of animal-lovers gathered in the streets to protest against hunting with hounds. They denounced the 'systematic abandoning' of the dogs at the end of the season and the horrendous fate some of them face, especially when they are too old or slow to hunt any longer.
Type 1 diabetes is when the body has a malfunction and is unable to produce insulin so the glucose builds up in the body. It is usually diagnosed during childhood, but can be diagnosed later. The body can't use glucose to provide energy so breaks down stores of fat and protein instead.
The Brazil Nut tree can reach 50 metres high with a trunk up to 2 metres in diameter, making it among the largest of trees in the Amazon Rainforests and in Brazil it is illegal to cut down a Brazil Nut tree. It can live for 500 years or more. The bark is greyish in colour and is smooth.
No Excuses For Benefit Fraud
A Briton who lived in Mazarrón and claimed that being penniless and homeless had left him no choice but to make a fraudulent claim for benefit has been handed two suspended prison sentences and ordered to repay in full the wrongfully claimed cash.