We are interested in the growing, propagation and conservation of alpine, rock garden and woodland plants, small hardy herbaceous plants, hardy and half-hardy bulbs, hardy ferns and small shrubs. Anyone can grow these diminutive beauties and with the trend towards smaller plots they are ideal for the modern garden - they can even be grown in a window box.
We have a pair of events coming up up that should help those who are beginning to show plants. On Thursday, 20 February, at 8.00 pm, we are holding a Show Workshop, a practical session on growing and preparing plants for the show bench. Four of our most experienced alpine plants-people - Liam Byrne, Val Keegan, Billy Moore and George Sevastopulo - will be conducting the workshop, at St Brigidís Parish Centre, Stillorgan.
Then, a couple of weeks later, comes the chance to put this to use: our Local Show is on Saturday, 8 March, at 2.00 pm, again at St Brigidís Parish Centre, Stillorgan. There'll be a Membersí Plant Sale too.
The full Programme for 2014 is here.
The AGM went well. Paddy Tobin gave us an interesting and entertaining overview of snowdrops, and the usual suspects were returned to the committee.
Galanthophiles have one more event to celebrate their passsion, on February 15th: 'A Celebration & Naming of Irish Snowdrops', at Bellefield House. Here's the programme.
Take a look, too, at the the new website dedicated to snowdrops: 'The Irish Galanthus Group'. Enjoy them while they last!
Our AGS Ireland Facebook page is now getting a fair few visitors, and from all parts of the world - the latest is from Ethiopia. Notification about our upcoming meetings is posted there, and also other information on a variety of topics and events of interest to members. So if you haven't already, do take a look at the page - use the link at the bottom of the menu on the left. If you want to set up a Facebook account, you can download instructions for doing that here. Most of us have worries about security when posting information on the internet, so you might find this security handout useful.
The 2014 Programme for the Cork Branch is available here.
Narcissus romieuxii is a very early flowering daffodil with rush like leaves. It grows in the Atlas mountains of Morocco and therefore has no problem with the cold but must be protected when in flower, from our eternal wet and wind. It needs to dry out in the summer and my bulbs flower much better since I took George Sevastopuloís advice and now take them out of the pot when the leaves wither and replant in September. Val Keegan