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Newsletter no. 46 (April 2022) is available.
The timetable for the autumn 2022 “ephemeral” seed exchange is now available. Details are in this announcement.
- Please contact Jon Evans by 23rd October with a list of what you are sending
- Send the seed to him by 30th October
Note that if you plan to attend our meeting on 23 October you could do both these things in person.
- SABG members are invited to join the NAAS visit to the Nerine collection in the Five Arrows Gallery and the glasshouses at Exbury Gardens, SO45 1AZ on Saturday 15th October 2022 at 10.00am. Further details at http://www.nerineandamaryllidsociety.co.uk/forthcoming-events
- The SABG Autumn 2022 meeting will be on Sunday 23rd October 2022. Jonathan Hutchinson will talk about his trip to Zimbabwe.
- The deadline for sending requests for bulbs and seeds from the 2022 Bulb & Seed Exchange to Jon Evans is 30th August. [21 August 2022]
- The Nerine and Amaryllid Society‘s 25th Anniversary Talk is open to NAAS members and non-members. John Grimshaw will talk on “Amaryllids I have known” at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, B15 3TR on Saturday 8th October 2022 at 10.30am. Further details in this notice or from the NAAS. [11 August 2022]
- I’ve just discovered and added the Bulbinella book by Pauline L. Perry (1999) Bulbinella in South Africa (Strelitzia 8, 78 pp.) to our Digital library page. Although Bulbinellas are not strictly bulbs, they are geophytes (with a “compact corm-like structure”) and form a conspicuous element of the flora in many areas of South Africa where true bulbs grow. I’d be interested if anyone has experience with growing them in cultivation in the UK or other areas with similar climate. [1 November 2021]
Recent emails to SABG members
The following emails were sent recently to all SABG members whose email addresses we have. If you are a member and didn’t receive any of them, please email Richard White (see “Contacts” on this page). (If you’re not a member and are interested in what we do, see our pages About the SABG and How to join the SABG.)
- Nerine visit day at Exbury (21 September 2022)
- NAAS 25th Anniversary Talk on Amaryllids by John Grimshaw (21 September 2022)
- SABG November Ephemeral Seed Exchange announcement, timetable and instructions (15 September 2022)
- Bulb & Seed Exchange 2022: list from Jon Evans (15 August 2022)
- Bulb & Seed Exchange reminder, date of the Autumn meeting (11 August 2022)
- Bulb & Seed Exchange announcement, timetable and instructions (15 June 2022)
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Autumn 2022 meeting
Our next meeting will be on Sunday 23rd October 2022. Jonathan Hutchinson will talk about his visit to Zimbabwe. His written report appeared in Newsletter 41, but the meeting will be a chance to see many more photos, and ask questions!
Directions to the meeting hall. The doors will open at 10.00, and the meeting will close at about 14.30.
More details of our meetings, including directions for getting there, are given on the meetings page.
- Saturday 15 October 2022: Nerine visit day
- Saturday in March 2023: Lachenalia visit day
- both organised by the Nerine and Amaryllid Society at the Five Arrows Gallery, Exbury Gardens, Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AX, subject to whatever restrictions are in place at the time, by kind invitation of Nicholas de Rothschild and Theo Herselman. These events are for NAAS members, but SABG members are also invited; see the NAAS events page, and please inform Theo or the NAAS Secretary Alison Corley email@example.com if you wish to attend so that numbers can be estimated.
- Help on cultivation, using the web site, etc.
- More information about our meetings, the location and directions are shown on our About our meetings.
- More information about the Group
- We have a Google Calendar, so you can add our events to your phone or other device.
- A list of our Past, present and future meetings
- Links to other web sites including suppliers of bulbs and seeds
- We have started a Digital library
I plan to include a photo gallery here. Until it is ready, why not visit Audrey Cain's BulbWeb? Her web-site, now hosted by the SABG, contains over 1,400 photographs of plants in 175 genera (not all of them are South African).
About the Group
The SABG is based in the UK and is for anyone interested in growing the beautiful and diverse bulbous plants of South Africa and neighbouring countries. You do not need to be an expert (I’m not!) or live in the UK, but our meetings have all been in England so far.
The objective of the Southern African Bulb Group is to further the understanding of the cultivation of Southern African bulbs, where ‘bulbs’ is used in the broad sense to encompass bulb-, corm- and tuber- possessing Southern African plants, which are mostly ‘monocots’ (plants with strap-like leaves and flower parts in threes or sixes) but also including ‘dicots’ (with broad leaves and frequently five-petalled flowers) such as Oxalis.
Our activities include two meetings per year with talks and plant sales (recently these have been in Winchester in southern England), an annual bulb and seed exchange, and a newsletter with three or four issues per year.
Many of these plants come from the former Cape Province of South Africa, now the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape Provinces, and are easy to grow in a cool greenhouse or a sunny conservatory or window sill. They usually provide colourful flowers in autumn and winter and need a dry period in summer, because they are mostly winter growers from the winter rainfall areas of South Africa. Some are summer growers and a few of these will grow outside in southern or sheltered parts of the UK, such as Agapanthus, some Nerines and Tulbaghias, etc. Others, like Lachenalia, are real jewels to brighten up your conservatory when not much else is in flower.
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