October's IRG tells of a botanical trip in the Chilean Desert by John and Anita Watson and Zdeněk Zvolánek, inspired by Panayoti Kelaidis, praises pin-cushion plants - free download via this link:
Ian and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)
Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
What is in this month's International Rock Gardener ?
TOWNSENDIA by Gerrit Eijkelenboom
WHAT IS CROCUS NUBIGENA Herb.? by Jānis Rukšāns
SAXIFRAGA DINNIKII ´JINDRISKA´ by Zdeněk Zvolánek
GENTIANA HYBRIDISING NEAR ROLLSDORF by Fritz Kummert
Download IRG here http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2017Nov231511460835IRG_95_November_2017.pdf
Cover photo: Harmonia axyridis on Townsendia flower, by Gerrit Eijkelenboom
International Rock Gardener (IRG) the free monthly e-magazine on Scottish Rock Garden Club website
The IRG began in January 2010 - at the time we thought it would be online for a year as an experiment but as the ninth year of the IRG begins - there is hope that our marvellous contributors will continue their support in sharing information about the fascinating little plants of the mountains and wild places of the world with a truly international audience. All brought to your desk for free, with hopes of a wonderful year for readers and their plants alike!
IRG full Index: http://files.srgc.net/journals/IRG-Index.pdf
All issues from this page : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international
IRG 97 - the International Rock Gardener e-magazine, is now online
We tend to think of Siberia as being a snowy wilderness - and of course, it can be - but it is good to read about one of the areas with a rich flora from a new International Rock Gardener contributor, Ole William Purvis, a lichenologist, researcher and author who writes about the Sayan Mountains.
From the Czech Republic, Zdeněk Zvolánek introduces the photography of Ladislav Blažej, of plants in the Pirin mountains of Bulgaria.
Download IRG97 free - here : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2018Jan271517084243IRG_97__January_2018.pdf
March in the Northern hemisphere suggests that Spring may be in full flower - sadly we cannot guarantee that from one day to the next.
Matters of the science or practice of classification are the subject for IRG this month. Jānis Rukšāns discusses how best to delineate a Crocus species, a subject which he has spent many years addressing. Dimitri Zubov and Leonid Bondarenko describe a new species of stoloniferous Iris from Armenia.
Cover image is of Iris sisianica
International Rock Gardener, the free e-magazine on SRGC.NET reaches issue #100 Thanks to all contributors and readers for your support - we couldn't do it without you!
This month learn about the buckwheats of America from John P. Weiser and get some news of The Beauty Slope, garden of Zdenek Zvolanek
Download here : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2018Apr271524820121IRG100April.pdf
Congratulations on your reaching your 100th issue -- quite an achievement. Appropriately, it's a fantastic issue!
Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8
Thank you, Claire. We are most fortunate in our marvelous contributors. Submissions are always welcome, of course!
IRG 101 is online now! We are pleased to introduce Peter Tallbo from Mora in Sweden who is redesigning his garden to make it a better place to grow and propagate plants as well as becoming a more aesthetically pleasing space. Gerrit Eijkelenboom from the Netherlands, returns with Part 2 of his report, with his wife Iep, of their travels to see orchids in Sicily. It seems that the terrestrial orchids of Europe continue to maintain their allure and mystique for many as they prove to grow so well in nature in places far from the tropical climes that were traditionally associated with these plants. It is the hardiness of so many rock garden and alpine plants, of course, which is one of the most appealing features of such apparantly fragile, often diminutive plants! Finally this month, we are pleased to be able to publish a new species of rosulate Viola from the Chilean based duo of John M. Watson and Ana R. Flores – Viola farkasiana sp. nova.
Download here : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2018May241527184409IRG_101_May_2018.pdf
IRG 103 begins with a tour in Sardinia by Gerrit and Iep Eijkelenboom. They encountered good weather and were able to picture a fine range of plants in bloom. Italian islands are somewhat simpler to access than Chile so perhaps not many readers will be able to see the Chilean flora for themselves. The second part of this issue of IRG features the background article by John and Anita Watson on the interesting area which shaped Alstroemeria piperata – as was indicated in the June 2018 IRG issue 102 where the species was described.
Download the issue here http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2018Jul261532613984IRG103-July2018.pdf
Cover photo: Tristerix aphyllus, one of the scarlet mistletoes in Chile, photo John M. Watson.