N. B. Corrected link to IRG 75
Please note that all issues of International Rock Gardener can be found and downloaded from this page : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international
Ian and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)
Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
International Rock Gardener e-magazine - IRG 76 - of April 2016 is now online :
Wim Boens discusses Leucojum, which are having something of a rise in interest
and Janis Ruksans describes some new Crocus species.
Spring bulbs in profusion!
IRG 77 - May 2016
Canadian David Sellars takes us to Spain, we visit a fine nursery with a new rock garden in Czechia and learn of a very young horticulturist, Molly Hall from England with an interest in heathers.
It's a bit of a whizz around the world!IRG 77 Click the link to download http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2016May271464340889IRG77.pdf
( Main page with all issues : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international)
- both photos here by David Sellars
Humming Bird Hawk Moth and Lilium pyrenaicum
For many SRGC members our interest is as much in “wildflowers” of the mountains and moorlands as in “true alpines” so this month’s IRG article by Ian McDonald is apt.
It is too long since we had an update from Zdeněk Zvolánek about the Beauty Slope – as he calls his steep garden in Karlík – this month we discover what is happening there and in some other Czech gardens.
The cover image is of the Scottish endemic, Primula scotica.http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2016Jun231466720211IRG78.pdf
New International Rock Gardener online ...IRG 79 for July 2016http://www.srgc.org.uk/…/l…/2016Jul281469713982IRG79July.pdf
For July IRG 79 ; a little trip to the Netherlands as we learn from two Dutch growers about their approach to garden design and some clever planting solutions. They show how it is possible to accommodate rock garden and alpine plants in novel ways in a garden that can still be family friendly. Gert Hoek from Dronten in Flevoland has moved upwards in his pursuit of more space for his propagation projects and plants in pots while Jan Tholhuijsen, from Roosendaal in North Brabant uses some bright ideas for reusing odd items in various home-made solutions to benefit his garden with intriguing planters.
The index to all issues of the IRG is available here : http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=9567.0
It is not likely that too many readers - at least in Europe - will be growing Proteas but of course others have more amenable climates for such plants. Robbie Blackhall-Miles FLS is working in Wales on the study of such plants and hopes to discover in time that more are able to be grown in the UK than was previously imagined.
Plants which are already popular and grown with success in many parts of the world are the Hepaticas - we are given tips by Sefi and Fritz Kummert in Austria and the Forum's Michael Campbell in Co. Clare, Ireland of their methods of growing these plants.
Download the IRG 80 here: http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2016Aug251472126130IRG_August_80.pdf
For September, we discover what floral pleasures may be found over winter and early spring in Spain - a country where some of us are lucky enough to travel at such times. Gerrit Eijkelenboom tells us about the plants he and his wife, Iep, enjoy while they spend the winter months near Calpe. Matt Topsfield also journeyed to Spain last March - to make a study of the narcissus in flower then, following the earlier example of John Blanchard in 1986 – Matt shares with us here some of the other flowers he found on the trip, which was partly supported by an SRGC Exploration Grant and part “crowd-funded”.IRG 81 September 2016 http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2016Sep291475167835IRG_81.pdfa
..... and further to Matt's article for the IRG - Members can read about the narcissus trip in the next issue of /The Rock Garden, in January, or there is even more news here : http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=13808.msg364729#msg364729
International Rock Gardener ISSN 2053-7557
IRG 82 October 2016 - More great projects from Jan Tholhuijsen for you to try.
Latest issue ## 82 here : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2016Oct271477579167IRG82.pdf
All issues available here: http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international
- for a full Index to all issues of the IRG , click here: http://files.srgc.net/journals/IRG-Index.pdf
Worth reminding you, perhaps, that all except the latest few (which are reserved for full members) electronic copies of the SRGC printed Journal - 'The Rock Garden' are also online for download - and there is a full index for those too! http://www.srgc.net/site/index.php/extensions/journal
New International Rock Gardener e-magazine - free to download of course from the Scottish Rock Garden Club site - this month featuring:Native Bees of Southwestern Oregon by Travis Owen http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2016Nov241480016901IRG83-November2016.pdf
It is a delight this month to publish the description of a plant named by Fritz Kummert in tribute to the legendary German plantsman Wilhelm Schacht. The commemoration of such people in this way is something that can carry their name to a new generation.
As winter envelops us in the northern hemisphere we look back to sunnier days in Sicily, as Gerrit Eijkelenboom writes about the flowers he and his wife Iep, encountered there in May. Their focus is again mostly on the range of orchids to be seen.
IRG 84 - download it here : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2016Dec291483029322IRG-84.pdfMany thanks to all readers and contributors- and especially to Glassford Sprunt and Richard Green for their work in indexing and proof-reading the IRG.
In previous years the IRG has provided a calendar for readers to print out and use for the year – we are again pleased to be able to do so with a link in this month's issue.This link will take you direct to a copy of the IRG 2017 calendar of plant and nature photographs which were all taken by the Scottish Rock Garden Club’s Webmaster, Fred Carrie. We rely on him for solutions to all technical matters for the Club. Fred used to run the former Tough Alpine Nursery in Aberdeenshire and has served the Club in many ways, such as a former picture editor for the printed journal, The Rock Garden, as well as his busy schedule as webmaster.
Remember, if you feel you have an article that would make good copy for this magazine, please do get in touch – email Editor@InternationalRockGardener.net- we are always glad to hear from you with your articles or ideas.