Friends : normal service is now resumed from the SRGC site and Forum :)
Ian and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)
Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Dear Friends, first I must make my apology for not reminding you of the March issue of IRG - I hope you found it and enjoyed it, nonetheless .
The April issue is now online .
Plant hunters have always been intrepid souls, venturing into areas where all sorts of unknown tribulations lurked. Happily, the fate of David Douglas – who died in a pit trap in Hawaii in 1834 - has not befallen any recent plant explorers.
The Latvian nurseryman, bulb expert and author Jānis Rukšāns is a valued contributor contributes to the SRGC forum. Last month he made a trip to North West Turkey. This issue of IRG includes much of that story but a great many more photographs can be seen in the SRGC Forum along with other references.
Jaroslav Baláž, a Czech grower who has a small alpine nursery in the village of Dolní Rožínka, writes about Ranunculus seguieri - Some super photos of this plant can also be seen here in the NARGS Forum, from Anne Spiegel. ( http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=705.msg9954#msg9954 )
This photo of Ranunculs seguieri in the wild is from the SRGC Forum by "Ranunculus" himself, Cliff Booker.
Jānis Rukšāns is very much an international figure - here he and his wife Guna (both dressed in national costume from around the 10th century, reconstructed from archeological researches) are pictured with a gathering of Irish AGS Dublin Group who have just been visiting their nurseries and enjoying some of the historical treasures of the Riga area.
Many alpine enthusiasts from around the world, including quite a few NARGS members, will be meeting up next week for the Second Czech International Rock Garden Conference - the IRG Team will be there and we look forward to seeing many friends old and new.
For the general index of The International Rock Gardener e-magazines, here's the link:http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Thanks, Mark- I forgot to put that link to the main page where all the issues are of IRG. :-[
For the actual IRG Index to date this is the link:
update 28/06/13 http://files.srgc.net//journals/IRGIndex42.pdf
IRG 41, for May 2013 is now online. this is the first issue dedicated to the exciting gathering of International Rock Gardeners in early May in the Czech Republic.http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2013May301369920930IRG41May.pdf
It seemed fitting to celebrate these gardeners - those attending came from 20 countries, including Canada and America...... 8)
Photos of many of those attending can be seen here : http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=10517.0 and those who attended the event are invited to post their 'people pix' there as well. For other photos there is this thread in the forum, where your photos will also be greatly appreciated : http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=10484.0
Main page of IRG http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/index.php?log=international
The May issue of IRG is SPECTACULAR. Oooohhh, those gardens! And gentians growing like dandelions. And almost every garden a crevice garden.What a wonderful time you all must have had.
It was a wonderful experience, Anne. Not only the beautiful countryside and gardens but also the real "buzz" from such a friendly gathering of rock gardeners. Funny you should mention "gentians growing like dandelions" - everywhere we went, every orchard, every fallow field was covered in more dandelions than I would eer have imagined possible! We get roadsides and the odd uncultivated field with good sprinklings of dandelions here - but the Czech dandelion display was of a truly olympic proportions - millions of the golden flowers -a spectacle in itself! When they seed it must be like a snowstorm :o
How they have such marvelous gardens with all that dandelion seed about is another miracle!