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The Scottish Rock Garden Club SHOW REPORTS Glasgow 2011 Forrest Medal Best Plant in the Show Daphne calcicola shown byCyril Lafong Here is the show!

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Page 1: The Scottish Rock Garden Club SHOW REPORTS Glasgow 2011 · The Scottish Rock Garden Club SHOW REPORTS Glasgow 2011 Forrest Medal Best Plant in the Show Daphne calcicola shown byCyril

The Scottish Rock Garden ClubSHOW REPORTS

Glasgow 2011

Forrest MedalBest Plant in the Show

Daphne calcicola

shown byCyril Lafong

Here is the show!

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Centre Top. Stirling Group member Nan MacKay spent most of last winter seriously ill in hospital. Asson as she recovered where was she? On the way to Glasgow to the show! Note the essential accessorya big bag in which to put all the plants she planned to buy. For many years Nan worked on the plantssales table at the Stirling show where she could tell customers all about the plants for sale.

WELCOME!

Come in, Come in it's nice to see youHow's yersel', yer looking grand Taka seat and ha'e a drammyMan, yer welcome, here's my hand

Andy Stewart’s welcome is one you expectat every SRGC event. Founded by friends69 years ago, the club is still maintained byfriends who meet together to talk aboutplants, show plants and look at plants.Our shows are competitive but the compe-tition is tempered by friendship. So! Wel-come to Glasgow!

Friends

Wewantyou!

Searching for the right plant! Asking for advice!

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The Royal Botanic Garden supported the show with yet another superb display. Many thanks tothe Regius Keeper for allowing the plants to come to Glasgow and to John and Elspeth for bring-ing them and displaying them so well. Another well deserved Gold Medal for a displayfull of interesting plants

The RBG Ed Way

Fritllariacamschatcensis yellow form Viola aff. sororia

Podophyllumdelavayi

Iris acutiloba

Brimeura fastigiata

Delphinium luteum

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The 6 pan class was won by Stella and David Rankinwho not only entered plants in the show but were busyon Kevock Nursery’s sales stand. Having travelledwidely in the footsteps of George Forrest they have ainterest in Chinese plants. When they exhibit you areon the lookout for a few Chines specialities.

David Rankin withSRGC Hon. Pres. Bette Ivey

Stella & David’s entry on the left

Incarvillea mairei fromSichuan & Yunnan

Tiny Primula primulina fromNepal , needs a humus rich soiland shady high humididty. The

£1 coin is mine not a bribe!

Primula reidii [right] always reminds me of a visitmany years ago with the Glasgow group to Mrs BettySherriff’s garden at Ascrievie. Here she grew many ofthe plants especially Rhododendrons, Primulas andMeconopsis which she, her husband George andFrank Ludlow collected.George and Betty Sherriff ran the British Mission inLhasa from 1943 to 1945. George was also a legen-dary plant collector in Bhutan and Tibet. He created adelightful garden at the residency, often visited bylocal dignitaries, including the Dalai Lama's family.Incidentally to show how inter-connected were thePlant hunters, Frank Ludlow was taught botany atCambridge by Professor H. Marshall Ward, father of Frank Kingdon-Ward.

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Stan’s ferns

All shows need backbone of plantsshown for foliage . Stan seems to havehuge collection of plants for any occa-sion. A few weeks after this show he wasable to provide about a quarter of theplants needed for the SRGC/Kevock dis-play at Gardening Scotland. Althoughusually instantly recognisable as Ferns,the family shows a wide variation in frondshape and colour. [Left:a pic of a fuzzyStan with Ron MacBeath]

Polystichum polyblepharum

Adiantum venustum

Gymnocarpium dryopteris

Phegopteris connectilis

Athyrium Ursula’s Red

Dryopteris affinis cristata

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Near the beginning of the show schedules there areusually classes for 6 pans and for 3 pans of rockplants. Usually we see big pans in the 6 class andsmaller ones in the 3 class [not always and rarelysouth of the border]. It is usually important that theexhibits be balanced but balance can be achieved indifferent ways. The most obvious ways are to useplants in the same sized pots, complimentary coloursor similarly sized plants.At Glasgow Stella and David Rankin’s exhibitachieved its harmony, despite comprising 3 differentsized and shaped pots, 3 different genera, all ofwhich would be grown in different ways by beingpatriotic in red, white and blue. The big plants indifferent heights of pots were balanced because theiroverall heights were the same and the flat pan at thefront fitted nicely below them. Most importantly theywere 3 pans of well grown quality plants. Each ofthree could have won a first prize in a single pan class. My favourite of the 3 was the Pinguiculagrandiflora. Congratulations to them for presentingso many plants in full flower and great condition at thesame time. I don’t think this can be an easy nativeplant to keep in the garden. Its always a thrill to findthe butterwart growing on a moist bank in thehighlands.In my search for the correct spelling of Pinguicula, Ifound that there is a web site devoted to the genusPinguicula and that there are tropical as well astemperate species in the genus. Here is a weesnippet about the life of a very interesting plant

Life cycle :In spring, the cycle begins by the openingof the winter buds and the production of the firstcarnivorous leaves. The first leaves are followed bythe flowers in summer. New carnivorous leaves areproduced during all the season. Near autumn, orearlier, if your conditions are not optimal, the nexthibernacula is revealed in the centre of the rosette.Then leaf production stops and the old leaves decayslowly. The plant (reduced now to a smallhibernacula) is ready for winter and for the next cycle.

And to confirm my thoughts on cultivation beingdifficult here are few hints on growing them

Media: I use a 100 % mineral media : 2 perlite, 2vermiculite, 1 small sand (for aquarium), 1 finewhite sand, 1 pouzzolane (volcanic lava), 2 marlycalcareous detritus.Pot : In small box, with direct sun for 5 hours per day.Cultivation : The long term cultivation of temper-ate Pinguicula is difficult : If the summer growingconditions are not optimal, the plants will formvery weak hibernacula which easily rot.Optimal summer growing conditions are : goodair humidity, cool temperature and UV lights.

Thank you www.pinguicula.org

Pinguicula grandiflora in the 3 pan class withLewisia cotyledon and Saxifraga ‘Pearly King’Close up of P. Grandiflora in centre and in latesummer in Glen Arkaig, near Fort William

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Telesonix jamesii [formerly Boykinia] is amember of the Saxifrage family. ~I wonder ifit was grown more widely 30 years ago becauseit has always been spoken about in hallowedterms indicating great rarity and difficulty incultivation. It is rarely seen at our shows thesedays and here it was part of Cyril’s 3 pan class[new rare or difficult]. We spent several hourslooking for it in the Big Horn Mountains ofWyoming. We found other things but keptsearching for the Telesonix. I took lots ofpictures and then when we did find theTelesonix I realised that there was only oneslide left on the film and all the other films weredown in the car. That is why my only pictureof T.jamesii in the wild is at the tail end of afilm with perforations through it, So, I wasespecially pleased to Cyril’s plant, grown fromseed from Pikes Peak. Cyril notes that it flowersbest when pot-bound.

Globularia bellidifolia

Linum boissieri from Kaz Dag in Turkey

A wee bit of déjà vu before the event! One benefitof writing up the report late is that one is blessed witha kind of foresight ie the Aberdeen show was pastbefore I wrote this. Margaret & Henry Taylor’s

super Scottish native Paris quadrifolia was award-ed a certificate of Merit here at Glasgow beforegoing on to win the Forrest medal at Aberdeen

Another great Scottish plant was Jim & JanetPatterson’s Salix reticulata

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STAR ATTRACTIONS...

one from South America

Delosperma congestum ~Iris pumila from Viv & Anne Chambers

Saxifraga pubescens ‘Snowcap’ David Millward

John di Paola’s Saxifraga‘Southside Seedling’ has nicelymarked flowers. Sometimes there ismore;sometimes less red in the mark-ings. Buy it in flower but rememberthe flowering rosettes die.

John also had a nice 2 pan exhibit ofAndrosaces. A. Cylindrica[from Western Pyrenees]and A. hirtella [ NorthernPyrenees]. The two speciesoften hybridise. In the caseof either species or theirhybrid it is advisable togrow them from seed andselect the best forms or buythen in flower.Another species to be cho-sen in flower is Lewisiacotyledon, another ofJohn’s prizewinners

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Although it did not have many flowers thisAquilegia scopulorum showed that it is wellworth growing for the glaucous leaves and largeflowers. The flowers can be darker blue but I like this

pale form.Also theflowerscan pointstraight upand then itis quite adramaticsight.

Another plant which I associate with the Glasgow show is the ChineseCorydalis tomentella. [sometimes called C. tomentosa] It is just likethe more frequently seen C. wilsonii except that tomentella has lovelysoft hairy stems, buds and leaves, which feel like felt. I was given aseedling many years ago by Past President, Joan Stead and althoughindividual plants died after about 3 years there was always a seedling ortwo sprouting in the sand plunge. Unfortunately since the crash anddemolition of my alpine house the sand plunge is no more! The plantwas discovered in China in the 1890’s by the French missionary, PerePaul Farges who was sent to China in 1867 and remained stationed innorth-east Sichuan until 1903. Although he had always nurtured aninterest in the local flora and fauna, it was not until 1892 that he startedto collect herbarium specimens in earnest. Then he collected and pre-served over 4,000 specimens. He was the first to send back seeds of thehandkerchief tree Davidia involucrata. We planted one in our garden 25years ago and it has yet to produce a tissue far less a hankie!

Trilliums are always pop-ular though I am afraid tolift any in case I damagethe tubers. Here areclockwise from left;-

T. pusillum,T. decipiens,

T. grandiflora plena,T. luteum

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Oxalis enneaphylla rosea [centre]Scilla peruvianaErigeron chrysopsidis ‘Grand Ridge’Pleione ‘Fuego’Haberlea rhodopensis ‘Connie Davidson’Phlox grayiViola tricolorPenstemon rupicolaGlumicalyx milliganiRamonda myconi

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Clockwisefrom top right

Daphne malyanaDaphne velenovski hybrid

‘Weber’s Findling’Anagallis monspessulanus

Lewisia redivivaEdrianthus pumilioCystus decumbens

Pleione ‘Fuego’

Best OrchidGraham Catlow’s

Pleione ‘Fuego’

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