We hope this issue of IRG provides a diversion from the disasters, natural and man-made that beset so many countries at the moment. The last while seems to have been filled with reports of fires, floods and more.
In IRG104 John and Anita Watson describe two new viola species from Chile; we learn a little about grant aid available to horticultural students and remember Rod and Rachel Saunders of Silverhill Seeds.
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Cover photo: Cryptantha aspera, macro photo by Ana R. Flores (Anita Flores Watson)
Ian and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)
Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Reception for last month's cover image was good - so I chose another white flower for this issue too!
Cover photo: Blumenbachia prietea, photo ARF(Anita Flores Watson).
September’s IRG (International Rock Gardener) e-magazine has a double North American connection, as we review some of the plants in the Wappinger Falls garden of Anne Spiegel in New York State. A trip further south takes us to South America, where Chilean based botanists John and Ana (Anita) Watson write of some Patagonian plants.
October's IRG - #106 - is online now.
cover image : Viola trochlearis
Some plants from Crete and more on the violas of South America are featured. Thanks to main contributors Vlastimil Braun with Zdenek Zvolanek, and to Anita and John Watson.
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The latest free e-magazine, International Rock Gardener 107 is online now.
Jānis Rukšāns describes a new species of Anemone this month – named for Sergey Banketov. “Windflowers” - as these flowers are known in English - are a favourite for those who have the good fortune to see them in their native habitats & also because many species are readily available in commerce & make excellent garden plants.
John & Anita Watson give us an insight to the flora & fauna of South America and we are also delighted to introduce the new SRGC President, Julia Corden.
December 2018 IRG 108
This bumper issue of IRG, posted online a little early to celebrate the season, contains descriptions of three new plant species. Janis Rukšāns discusses Crocus of series Kotschyani and describes a new species, Crocus hatayensis from Turkey, Janis Rukšāns and Henrik Zetterlund define a new Eranthis species from Iran, and John Watson dedicates a new Viola species to a very special person!
We hope you find this an exciting way to conclude our ninth year of publication.
Download here: http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2018Dec241545672053IRG108_December2018.pdf
Cover photo: Viola anitae F.& W.11580. Cerro Atravesada, Picunches Dept., Argentina, by John M. Watson.
There's a good mix in e-magazine International Rock Gardener - IRG109 - January 2019 - a garden and glasshouses in South West Scotland belonging to Sue Simpson and George Watt; a description of a Tulipa species from Jānis Rukšāns; a review of Holubec and Horak's book of the flowers of the Tian Shan by Martin Hajman and a look at a gem of the Cyclamen genus, originally written by Václav Jošt with Zdenek Zvolanek. Thanks to 'Folium Alpinum' of NRV and ‘Skalničky’, the Czech rock garden journal for their cooperation with IRG
Lots happening in this month's IRG e-magazine from SRGC: a new viola species, Viola abbreviata, is described by John and AnitaFlores Watson, we see winter-flowering plants of Gran Canaria from Iep & Gerrit Eijkelenboom and some notes on the charming hybrids of the succulent species Aloinopsis and Nananthus from John Stireman in Utah. There's also a review of Freda Cox' second edition of her Snowdrop book from grower, Anne Wright.
All issues of IRG International Rock Gardener are online on the SRGC website - this is the direct link to the latest issue IRG 110: http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2019Feb211550781214IRG110.pdf
Cover image of IRG110 is by John Stireman, of a hot pink Aloinopsis hybrid in his Utah garden .
Epimediums, reticulate irises & newly named snowdrop cultivars comprise the April medley in the free e-magazine International Rock Gardener April 2019 : IRG 112
Colin Moat is an English nurseryman who has been involved with the RHS Roundtable consideration of Epimedium for the Award of Garden Merit; the report on that is now published. Jānis Rukšāns, well known in these pages and elsewhere, as a bulb expert turns his attention to bulbous irises of the Hermodactyloides subgenus. Patricia Becker is a keen gardener and galanthophile from New Jersey who introduces us to a sweet snowdrop which she has chosen to name for the well-known American snowdrop enthusiast, Ernie Cavallo. Krzysztof Ciesielski lives in Żary, Poland and has a passion for nature that he follows not least as a relief from his busy worklife. He loves galanthus and enjoys seeing them in nature – in spite of various problems that beset his favourite sites. One of his introductions is named for a Belgian friend, Wim Boens who has also been published in the IRG.
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All copies of International Rock Gardener e-magazine are available from tis page of the SRG site : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international
IRG111 March 2019
We welcomed two new authors to the IRG in March 2019 . Dr Martin Sheader, a marine biologist from Southampton, is known with his wife Anna-Liisa for their great interest in all plants, particularly those from South America, as well as for their writing, talks and show exhibits. Martin writes about an exploration of Central Patagonia and John Watson, friend and sometimes co-author with the Sheaders describes an annual Cistanthe species
Our second new author is Allan Robinson from Sutton Bridge in the Fenlands of England. His family were nurserymen in the past and he has a great interest in the geraniums and their relatives as can be seen from his copious contributions to the website of the Gerianaceae Group.
Download the issue here : http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2019Mar281553807774IRG111.pdf
IRG April 2019
Epimediums, reticulate irises & newly named snowdrop cultivars comprise the April medley in free e-magazine International Rock Gardener April 2019 : IRG 112
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IRG May 2019
Our presentation for Maydemonstrates clearly the “international” flavour to which we aspire. We begin with the description of an Argentinian natural hybrid viola from the English/Chilean duo, John Watson and Anita Flores Watson – which they have named for a mutual Dutch friend, Kees Jan van Zwienen. Next up is an article from the Latvian bulb-master, Jānis Rukšāns and Dimitri Zubov from the Ukraine on naming a new bulb from Iran. Frankie Wulleman, for ten years the Editor of the VRV, (Flemish Rock Garden Society) is our next author - with a piece on another charming South American plant – this time one which is already present in some gardens – and Frankie believes it is worth more of us trying to grow it. That is also the refrain of our last writer this month – that Austrian horticultural hero, Fritz Kummert – who enthuses about the “Blue broom” of Spain and Portugal.
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June in the UK was somewhat cold and damp - in contrast to reports from elsewhere in Europe of temperatures in the mid- 30s C. Whatever the weather in your part of the globe we can only hope for some degree of pleasure from your plants! Articles begin this month with Janis Rukšāns who introduces a new Fritillaria species from Uzbekistan, named for the mountain range where it was found. Next we visit Somerset in the UK, where Paul Cumbleton and Colin Everett show the construction and development of a raised bed to accommodate a crevice garden. Canadian Grahame Ware writes about a Claytonia he favours and this issue rounds up with a report from Iep and Gerrit Eijkelenboom on the plants they have seen in Kefalonia and Ithaka in March and April this year.
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IRG July 2019 - latest issue!
Summer flowers are flourishing in the north while winter blooms make their appearance in the south – July is an interesting month. Many lovers of alpine plants have enjoyed trips to see plants in habitat and are even now making plans for their next adventure. For botanist/plant hunters like John and Anita Watson, such expeditions can lead to the discovery of new species – the exact status of which can sometimes take time to unravel! Panayoti Kelaidis, that indefatigable power house of the Denver Botanic Garden, revisited Tibet and China in June – following on from his 2018 trip from where he shares with us some of the plants he encountered. For those who, for whatever reason, are armchair travellers amongst us, such articles are a charm. For those wishing to travel themselves to see plants in their homelands, such reports are also helpful. To conclude this month the IRG Team remembers Ron Beeston, a dear friend, recently lost to us.
To download the July issue click this link :http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2019Jul251564083758IRG115.pdf
Cover photo: Veronica piroliformis in Yunnan – photo Panayoti Kelaidis.
International Rock Gardener 116 August 2019
Latvian bulb maven Jānis Rukšāns begins our e-magazine this month with a description of a new species of Puschkinia from Turkey. Fritz Kummert from Austria clarifies the naming of a plant which has long been mis-identified and Iep and Gerrit Eijkelenboom from the Netherlands give us some inspiration for a trip to the Gargano peninsula in Italy in April where they found many orchids and other flowers in bloom.
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Cover photo: Viola heterophylla subsp. graeca – photo Gerrit Eijkelenboom.