Download the latest issue of International Rock Gardener here: http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2020Apr231587675747IRG_124_April_2020.pdf
This month in IRG 124 –
Connor Smith on dwarf conifers for the rock garden;
John and Anita Watson demystify more South American rosulate violas, and disabuse us of the eternal delights of the plant-hunting life. Lastly, Dr Martin Sheader writes of the ourisia hybrids using South American species which he made with his late wife Anna-Liisa. Martin and Anna-Liisa, who died in December 2019, were awarded the highest honour that can be bestowed by the Alpine Garden Society in November 2019 – the Lyttel Trophy, for individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the knowledge of alpine plants.
There are no flower shows on at present as the UK and many other countries, are locked down because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Trying and testing times for us all – the SRGC is mindful of the health and safety of our members and the general public and so SRGC events have all been cancelled for the foreseeable future, including the Alpines ’21 Conference. The virus is everywhere and no respecter of persons. We have been shocked to learn that Martin Sheader has been very ill with the Covid-19 virus and we wish him a speedy return to full health, his three sons and his loving family.
We hope you all keep safe and healthy.
Cover photo: Ourisia microphylla in the wild in Chile - photo Martin Sheader.
Ian and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)
Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
This month in International Rock Gardener e-magazine we have two short pieces from John and Anita Watson in Chile, the latest Crocus species from Jānis Rukšāns, named for a tireless researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research of Gatersleben in Germany – Dr. Dörte Harpke and a report from the Beauty Slope, the Czech garden of ZZZ, otherwise known as Zdeněk Zvolánek and Zdena Kosourová . We hope you enjoy these presentations. Please remember that there are links in the www.srgc.net site to all sorts of different items, from Ian Young’s weekly Bulb Log to the Forum, which is open to all, not just SRGC members, and we also have the new Scottish Rock podcasts.
IRG Cover Crocus harpkeae in habitat JJVV-022, photo Jānis Rukšāns.
Calochortus, Ornithogalum and Allium are flowering under glass with plenty more in the garden, just click the Bulb Log link to enter http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2020May271590575623BULB_LOG_2220.pdf also includes notice of a Facebook Live event with #IanYoung on Facebook Alpine Garden Society Members' group in June...... https://www.facebook.com/groups/alpinegardensociety/?ref=bookmarks