As usual, another excellent edition, the homage to autumn is timely and inspirational. I was particularly taken by the variability of autumn leaf color on Viburnum alnifolium taken by Kristl Walek, most illuminating.
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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November issue of International Rock Gardener -
Online now: http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2012Nov291354225242IRG35_November2012...
As gardeners we can sometimes be accused of creating unnatural settings for our plants: the first article this month shows how well nature creates “real” rock gardens, surely we can do nobetter than follow her example! Cliff Booker, who has also contributed the cover picture, shows a selection from various locations.
Zdeněk Zvolánek abandoned the Beauty Slope this summer for some plant hunting excursions – he shares with us a brief trip to Italy's Apuan Alps.
For some growers, their interest lies in working to produce hybrid plants which they hope will be easier of cultivation or more floriferous: In the world of saxifrages we are aware of the immense skill of the Czech growers - Adrian Young highlights for us the work of a British grower, Ray Fairbairn, who has done a lot of work with both Saxifraga and Primula. Photos for this article are from Adrian Young and David Hoare.
photo below: Saxifraga 'Allendale Fairy'
Ian and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)
Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
The November Issue is another feather in your cap, Maggi. I don't know how you manage to keep up the incredible quality. I do know that towards the end of each month I start checking to see if the latest issue has come. I reread all of them during the long winter months, thanks so much for all the work from the "International Rock Gardener" team. You are all so appreciated.
Anne, thank you for your very kind words - the IRG is in the hands of our super contributors and the IRG team is most thankful to them for their generosity in sharing their thoughts, experiences and fab photos.
Contributions are more than welcome for future issues - contact via firstname.lastname@example.org 8)
IRG #38 February 2013
Ian Christie has been lucky enough to travel to see plants in nature in many parts of the world but he never loses sight of the beauty that is available in his own country, Scotland. Scottish Mountains may not be the highest, but the landscape can be dramatic and plants of the mountain and woodland can be found even almost at the edge of the sea. Ian shares his delight in such plants from the Sutherland area..We hope it lets anyone contemplating a visit to that part of Scotland know that there is much to enjoy there!
Ian Young, writes for the ‘world of bulbs’ on one of his favourite tubers, Corydalis solida and the garden forms of this plant that do well in North East Scotland. Ian has documented his experiences growing bulbs corms and tubers every week since 2003 in his Bulb Log Diary on the SRGC Site.
Splendid article on Corydalis solida! And of course, the IRG in general, aways informative and eye-catching. Back to Corydalis solida, rather than pay for fancy named forms, I like the approach of hand cross-pollinating color forms to come up with one's own rainbow. I also didn't know about sowing the seed more deeply; good stuff. The bicolor forms, and the "pink clone", oh my what a sheet of color. Send my congrats to Ian on that article.
Now if only this 1' (30 cm) crust of snow would go away, I might start seeing my C. solida color forms; although, snow is predicted for this weekend. :rolleyes:
Thanks Mark, I will pass your comments to Ian Y.
We are in a similar position here- while the weather was quite sunny earlier in the week it is getting colder again and we expect some more snow over the weekend. Luckily most of the Corydalis solida forms are only just emerging through the ground so they should not get too much of a shock - well, that's the theory, anyway. Temperatures today, aided by windchill, have not done the local gardeners much good!
Excellent as usual! And I am amongst those who declare C solida as the favorite spring "bulb" ;)
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Great issue! It's a treat to get a glimpse of nature in Scotland and I enjoyed it very much... and what a fabulous garden you have, Maggi and Ian!
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
Thank you for the kind words to the IRG.
The SRGC site and forum is currently offline for essential security upgrades but I hope many more will enjoy the IRG etc when "normal service is resumed" as they used to say !