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Spring 2019 meeting

The next meeting of the Southern African Bulb Group will be the Spring meeting on Sunday 7th April 2019, at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4QB (U.K.) Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the meeting will finish at approximately 3 to 4 p.m.

The speaker for the morning session at approximately 11:00 a.m. will be Kit Strange from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who will give a demonstration of how bulbs are grown at Kew.

All who are interested in growing these plants will be welcome. There is an entry fee of £3.00, but parking is free. There will as usual be a plant display table, photos, short talks, plant sales (a good reason to arrive soon after 10:00!), and tea and coffee with biscuits. There will also be some books for sale. You are encouraged to bring along any plants you wish to display or sell, or digital photos to share with the audience. Bring your own lunch, or buy something at Sainsbury’s next door.

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  • “Ephemeral” seeds (which germinate immediately) were available to members for two days only. For the list of species available, see Ephemeral seeds available 20-22 November 2018 [Jon Evans, 20 November 2018]
  • In the latest October 2018 Silverhill Seeds newsletter (http://www.silverhillseeds.co.za/newsletter.asp), Ondine Schrick (who had worked for Rod and Rachel Saunders for over twenty years and is now the owner of the business) writes “We hope Rod and Rachel are in a gentler place now – perhaps at the top of a mountain gazing down over unfolding hills and valleys, tranquil. Work done, dreams and adventures fulfilled. The world a richer place for their time spent here.” There are many other tributes in the Scottish Rock Garden Club forum (http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=16118.15) [Richard White, 7 November 2018]
  • The cremation service for our former Chairman Bill Squire was scheduled to place in Bangkok yesterday [Richard White, 7 November 2018]
  • A display of a small selection of Bill Squire's plants was presented by Leo Squire and Tony Bennett at the meeting of the Dorset Group of the Alpine Garden Society, of which Bill had been Chairman, on the 1st November, 2018. A small but appropriate tribute to a wonderful man. [Richard White, 2 November 2018]
  • Sadly I have to report the death of Bill Squire, our long-serving former Chairman, on Friday 26th October 2018. Not long after starting a “new life” with his partner in Thailand, he succumbed to a short but fatal illness. He was also well known as the former Chairman of the Dorset Group of the Alpine Garden Society, and the curator of the National Collection of Lachenalia. I am sure everyone will join with me in expressing our condolences to his family. [Richard White, 29 October 2018]
  • I have just added The South African Species of Dipcadi by A. A. Obermeyer (1964) to our Links to other web sites [Richard White, 29 October 2018]
  • For many years Audrey Cain maintained a large collection of photographs of bulbs, many of them South African, which could be viewed on her web-site, called “BulbWeb”. This has not been available for a while, but I am pleased to be able to report that, with help from Audrey and her son Doug, I have been able to reinstate the photos (about 1,500 in about 190 genera) and some of Audrey’s comments about them. The comments are mostly about flowering dates in cultivation, and require some more work to sort them out properly. However, rather than keep them hidden until this is done, I have made a provisional version of BulbWeb available on the SABG web site. Any comments will be welcomed by Audrey and me. [Richard White, 10 October 2018]
  • There is a special issue of the Pacific Bulb Society’s journal “The Bulb Garden” dedicated to the lives of Rod and Rachel Saunders. [Aiko Talens, 3 October 2018]

Bulb and Seed Exchange 2019

  • The annual Bulb & Seed Exchange for 2019 will begin in August. Details will be emailed to members, and repeated in the appropriate Newsletter. The full list of bulbs and seeds will be sent to members, and details will also be available in a simplified form here: Bulb & Seed Exchange 2017. (FIXME Those lists previously available can be seen here: Bulb & Seed Exchange 2015 and Bulb & Seed Exchange 2015.)

About the SABG web site

This is a new version of the SABG web site, which is intended to contain all the information from the original SABG web site (which will remain available for a while, but will not be updated). The URL (address) at which the web site can be found has not changed. It is www.sabg.tk or just sabg.tk. It is a secure web-site. If your web browser says it isn’t, go to https://sabg.tk.

This new version is hosted by a company whose servers are housed in an energy-efficient data centre powered by energy from green renewable sources. It’s implemented as a “wiki” in order to make it easier for people to contribute to it. The page “What's a wiki?” gives more details of how it works. Please email me with any problems or suggestions.

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