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IMYoung
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It is a pleasure this month to publish the description of a viola named for one of the greatly missed personalities of plant-hunting.  This article, as the viola, is from South America, described by John Watson who fondly remembers his travels with Martyn Cheese in “days gone by”. It is exciting for us to publish such articles with  open access to bring such knowledge to a wide  audience and, we  hope, a fitting  memorial to John’s  lost friend. 

Kind thanks to all who take the  time  and  trouble  to contact the IRG team to give  us  your  reaction to the  magazine’s contents. These, and submissions of articles, are always  welcome – by email, please, to editor@internationalrockgardener.net   We look forward to hearing  from you. 

Back to this  issue – where Zdeněk Zvolánek introduces some plants from the Estonian garden of the charming  gardener and  traveller, Svetlana Polonskaja, and  she herself  comments on some  of her  favourite plants in her rock garden.  To finish this month we have a report from  Zdeněk Zvolánek about the  Beauty  Slope during a  hot  summer.

Cover photo: Viola cheeseana F.& W.12685, photo John M. Watson.

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Following  some  technical difficulties, the   correct  version of  IRG  117  for September  2019  is  now  online  - this  is the  link : 

  http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2019Oct041570226421IRG-117-September.pdf

 

IRG Sept. 2019

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

IMYoung
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Joined: 2010-01-31

Please  note that following  some  technical difficulties, the   correct  version of  IRG  117  for September  2019  is  now  online  - this  is the  link : 

  http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2019Oct041570226421IRG-117-September.pdf

 

 (previous  post  has  been edited to show  correct  link)

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

IMYoung
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Joined: 2010-01-31

 IRG118 - October 2019
IRG this month pays tribute to the SRGC Discussion Weekend with an article on the propagation of narcissus and  galanthus  bulbs from one of the Speakers  there, Anne  Wright of  Dryad Nursery in Yorkshire.  Anne has tremendous  success  with her breeding  programmes of these bulbs and is kind enough to share her tips for ‘chipping’ the bulbs to speed  up their increase.
Another of the  speakers  at the  DWE was  Dr  Dimitri  Zubov – we  are  delighted to  present a photo essay by Dimitri and regular  IRG author, Jānis Rukšāns of  some of the  plants they  have  seen  in  Iran.

 

http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2019Oct251572001288IRG_118.pdf

 

Cover photo: Linaria michauxii in Western Iran, photo Dimitri Zubov.

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Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

IMYoung
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Joined: 2010-01-31

IRG 119 November 2019

In this month's free  issue  of  International Rock Gardener  e-magazine :-  Panayoti Kelaidis ' photos illustrate  the  report  he  has  made  with Boyce  Tankersley  and  Peter  Zale  of their  Plant  Collecting Collaborative  visit to Georgia's  Caucasus  region of  Eurasia in 2018.  Wim Boens gives a a well-recognised  name  to an Anemone  cultivar and  John and  Anita Watson  name  an  interesting Andean natural Viola  hybrid  for their  grandson.

http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2019Nov281574975266IRG_119.pdf

Cover photo: Primula ruprechtii  in the Bakuriani Mountains. Photo Panayoti Kelaidis.

 

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Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

IMYoung
Title: Member
Joined: 2010-01-31

 

 

 

The  International Rock Gardener  reaches  its  120th issue,  marking ten years of this free magazine.

Begun in January 2010 (as an experiment for one year !) IRG has proven to be a success. I little  thought, when the  idea for IRG was first  discussed with  Zdeněk Zvolánek, J.Ian Young and  myself, that I would  be  editing  it  for  ten years  - with  more  in sight!

The kindness and enthusiasm of our authors, who have so selflessly shared their work with us, and the appreciation of our widespread audience, who are also representative of our international ambitions are the ones we must  thank for this  achievement.

This anniversary edition contains descriptions  of  two new plants, named for the “Watson  Girls” ( as I  have  been calling them); from John and  Anita Flores  Watson; an introduction to the various cultivars now available  of Fritillaria imperialis  from Willem Wietsma and Ronald van den Berg, and a review of some delightful little geranium species from Allan Robinson.

 Best  wishes  for the  coming  year!

Maggi Young

http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2019Dec261577394152IRG_120.pdf

Cover photo: Leontochir ovallei, the 'garra de leon' or  ‘lion’s claw’ – photo  J.M. Watson

Cover photo: Leontochir ovallei

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

Mark McD
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-12-14

Thank you Maggi for reliably posting these announcements here, and CONGRATULATIONS to Ian and yourself (and the many contributing authors) for reaching the 10 year mark with 120 issues of the highest quality horticultural/botanical articles, quite a momentous achievement.  Good thing it's winter and we're getting socked with frigid cold and lots of snow and ice, gives me time to catch on reading (no... I should say, studying) each edition.  I last left off on #118, the Master Class on chipping and twin-scaling by Anne Wright, a fascinating tutorial on this high-end propagation method. Let it snow and freeze hard, I have reading to do :-)  Cheers.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

IMYoung
Title: Member
Joined: 2010-01-31

Very  kind words, Mark, which are   much appreciated!  We  hope to  keep you  and  all our  readers happily  occupied  in the  future too.  It's all down to  the  great  contributors.  It's a  matter  of  sadness that our  Australian members  are  suffering  from such awful fires  right  now -  your  ice  and  snow  would  be  a  blessing for  them... let's  hope  the  year  pans  out  well for  us all in the  end!

 

 M

 

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

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