Welcome to year twelve of the IRG at a time when we sincerely hope that the coming year will see a return to more ordinary activities that we are all used to, with freedom of travel and congregation. The lack of opportunity to meet up with like-minded plant lovers has been a much-regretted downside of the past year and gardeners, as some of the most sociable folk around, have certainly found the lockdowns wearing – if a good chance to catch up on weeding!
Authors this month are Wim Boens from Flanders, Jim Jermyn from Scotland and Zdeněk Zvolánek from Chechia.
Cover image: Meconopsis ‘Sikkim’ at Branklyn Garden – photo by Jim Jermyn.
Ian and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)
Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
In IRG 134 - Jānis Rukšāns from Latvia with the description of a new Leopoldia species.
Next, from Chile, Anita and John Watson give us an awareness of how the covid19 virus and their subsequent recovery from the infection, has affected them and how much comfort they have found in their garden.
Finally this month, Connor Smith, now working at the Utrecht Botanical Garden gives his views on the potential for some smaller Rubus species in the rock garden.
Cover image: convovulus arvensis - photo Anita Flores
IRG 135 March 2021
A month with our usual variety of plants, places and people - thanks to our contributors, we are able to bring this magazine free to all on the internet. Articles from John and Anita Watson in Chile on Mutisia; Wim Boens from Flanders on an old colchicum cultivar; and Chris and Basak Gardner on some flowers of the Silk Route.
Click to download the issue here: https://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2021Mar251616709854IRG_135.pdf
Cover image: Omphalodes luciliae photo Chris Gardner.
IRG 136 is now online.
Colchicums exposed! Special issue dedicated to a richly illustrated article by Ukrainian plantsman, Dr Dimitri Zubov, on cultivated Colchicum Species - click the link to read for free - https://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2021Apr291619719761IRG_136.pdf
IRG free e-magazine May 2021
John and Anita Watson complete their series on their Corona Virus travails and recovery, showing just how important their own garden has been to their recovery and how chances to make small trips to see nature in habitat has proven vital to their feelings of well-being in a particularly anxious period. Clearly, the pandemic of this disease is far from over, or even under control, in too many places, but for many the world is “opening up” again, in small measures at least. I hope that anyone venturing abroad once more does so safely, and that those remaining close to home can gain both succour and fun from the flowers they’re growing and those in nearby nature. To this end, you may wish to try to raise some unusual colour forms of your favourite species; Jaroslav Baláž suggests how!
Cover image: Echinopsis chiloensis flower, photo Anita Rosa Flores (Anita
Cover image: Echinopsis chiloensis flower, photo Anita Rosa Flores (Anita Watson)
This month in IRG: a review of the striking rockwork in the Czech garden of Martin Brejník,
with comments by IanYoung, photos by Jiří Papoušek. Next up is an appreciation of Potentilla lignosa from Zdenek Zvolanek & completed by the description of a new species from Chile, Oxalis ranchillos by John & Anita Flores Watson.
Read all free here: https://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2021Jun241624568360138.pdf
This month IRG presents two articles on peonies – the first on Czech bred herbaceous peonies from Pavel Sekerka & the second on tree peonies by Joe Harvey in Canada. Next there are two articles on a fabled European gesneriad, Jankaea heldreichii, written by Vlastimil Pilous & Harry Jans, of the Netherlands. IRG 139 finishes with a short review on Sternbergia, again by Vlastimil Pilous.
Read free here: https://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2021Jul291627592049IRG_139.pdf
In IRG 140 August 2021, a new fritillary species from the Fergana Valley, southern Kyrgyzstan, Fritillaria rugillosa (subgen. Rhinopetalum; Liliaceae) is described by Alexander Naumenko and Dimitri Zubov. Dr Zubov, of the State Institute for Genetic and Regenerative Medicine, National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine; Kyiv, Ukraine, is already familiar to IRG readers for his plant articles and species descriptions – he is also known for his medical science papers, of course.
Alexander Naumenko opened the Nova Zahrada nursery in Mořice, in Central Moravia (Czech Republic) in the spring of 2014. He had begun to grow his plant collection fifteen years earlier, in Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia. In 2012, Alexander wrote, with Dr. Sci. Georgy A. Lazkov, "Растения Кыргызстана" ("Plants of Kyrgyzstan")
2nd article is Patagonian Verbenas - Junellia ( part 1) by Martin Sheader, a marine biologist from Southampton UK, who is known for a great interest in all plants. Dr Sheader has travelled extensively in this part of South America and his book ‘Flowers of the Patagonian Mountains’ is the most comprehensive photographic guide yet published to the area’s diverse and fascinating flora. Dr Sheader has travelled extensively in this part of South America and his book ‘Flowers of the Patagonian Mountains’ is the most comprehensive photographic guide yet published to the area’s diverse and fascinating flora.
Click the link to download and read - it's free! https://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2021Aug261630008637IRG_140.pdf
Cover image: Junellia tridactylites, showing the three-lobed leaves. Photo Martin Sheader.
What's new in IRG 141? download it here to find out -
A new fritillary species, Fritillaria kolbintsevii from south-eastern Kazakhstan is described by Jānis Rukšāns & Dimitri Zubov,
Chris Gardner of Viranatura Tours praises the gentian family in summer.
Zdeněk Zvolánek discusses a great cyclamen from the late Jan Bravenboer & there are details of the new concise Guide to Cyclamen from Martyn Denney & the Cyclamen Society - (which was reviewed in the latest Bulb Log https://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2021Sep221632304143BULB_LOG_3821.pdf
Seedheads of Fritillaria kolbintsevii - cover image