International Rock Gardener e-magazine

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IMYoung
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August 2011 issue of IRG is now online .....we return to the subject of Campanula morettiana, and hear more from Cedric and Štěpánka Haškovec  .....

http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international - for main IRG menu

http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2011Aug251314305515IRG20August_2011.pdf - for August Issue

http://www.srgc.org.uk/smf/index.php?topic=7778.0  for further item and photos

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

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

Mark McD
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Maggi, I've tried downloading the August PDF both from the link here on NARGS, and from the main IRG page, and it starts downloading then gives a message that it cannot download the file because it is damaged. Does anyone else get the same results I'm getting? Maybe the PDF needs to be reposted?

Update:  I'm getting the same error message on any IRG issue I try to download and view.

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

Hoy
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McDonough wrote:

Maggi, I've tried downloading the August PDF both from the link here on NARGS, and from the main IRG page, and it starts downloading then gives a message that it cannot download the file because it is damaged. Does anyone else get the same results I'm getting? Maybe the PDF needs to be reposted?

Update:  I'm getting the same error message on any IRG issue I try to download and view.

No, Mark. I download all of them with no trouble at all. Each download in about to seconds.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Michael J Campbell
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The same thing happened me,I downloaded Adobe reader update ( reader update 10) and it worked perfect then.

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland

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Mark McD
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I had Acrobat Reader 9.4.5, and actually received an automatic update yesterday, so believed my Reader was fairly up to date.  Just upgraded to version 10.1, now the IRC PDFs download and view okay.

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

IMYoung
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Sorry to hear you have had this difficulty, Mark and Michael.  The IRG pdf is saved to be backward compatible to Adobe Acrobat reader 7 so I am at a loss to know what was wrong.  :-X

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

September 2011 Issue of International Rock Gardener is now online.

Here are some extra pictures from Cliff  Booker to add to his article..... there are yet others relating to this issue in the SRGC Forum: http://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=7893.0

Extra images from Cliff:

"These images were all taken in the Picos de Europa and feature as follows:-

IMAGE ONE :  The Bookers' travelling companions, John and Clare Dower, on a viewing platform above La Hermida gorge and John taking his life in his hands on this usually very busy road to capture a cliff-dwelling campanula.

IMAGE TWO :  Picos views and bottled temptations.

IMAGE THREE :  Serapias and Anacamptis blooms.

IMAGE FOUR :  Picos scenes and poppies.

IMAGE FIVE :  Orchis ustulata and Picos flowers.

IMAGE SIX :  Potes to Fuente De.

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

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

RickR
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I just previewed the September IRG, and can't wait to start reading!

Wow!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

IMYoung
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Joined: 2010-01-31

October IRG is online...... http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2011Oct271319742037IRG22October_2011.pdf
we hope there is something there to interest you....... :)

You will find a link to a pdf  full index of the IRG including this latest issue here: http://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=4850.msg217837#msg217837

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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RE: article on Colchicum in the 'International Rock Gardener'

In IRG 22 I expressed doubt that colchicum were truly to be found "wild" in the UK and  was pleased to hear from John Grimshaw, who wrote  that he " thought you'd be interested to know that C. autumnale is wild here at Colesbourne & around - there's a patch on the main roadside a couple of miles away, but always associated with ancient woodland. It's curiously inconspicuous in flower though".

John's note came with an accompanying photograph which he is happy for me to share here.
  I replied that I was much surprised by this and  "I'm sceptical  enough to think that they are naturalised, if ancient, escapees but it's an interesting record."

John replied again...
"Dear Maggi,

Your scepticism is unfounded: Colchicum autumnale is a genuine native with, at least formerly, a wide distribution especially in western England. The 1948 Flora of Gloucestershire says: 'Common over most of the county, especially on the Cotswolds.' Unfortunately, it has lost a lot of sites to agricultural improvement & thus from being essentially a meadow plant it is now found mostly in woodland. An old man in the village once told me he could remember meadows having their soil scraped off completely to eradicate Colchicum, it being potentially poisonous to cattle."

I remain doubtful as to how such a bulb might have truly survived ancient ice-ages to be considered "native" in so far as "the purists" regard the term.... but in the light of recent findings of Rhododendron ponticum pollen and remains  in the UK from extremely distant times, which would suggest that this much maligned "invasive" plant is in fact a true native, then perhaps I am just too suspicious for my own good!

Many thanks to John for this insight and for the use of his photo of these elegant flowers.

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

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

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