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Title: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on November 05, 2008, 08:53:23 AM
Here is the most important information about The Crocus Group - more will follow.

To join the Crocus Group you need to send a cheque or cash for £5GB (Or 10 euro cash) to Mr Tony Goode.  3 Woodland Road, Hellesdon, Norwich NR6 5RA. UK.

The fee is a one off which is only repeated when group funds run low, (perhaps every 5 years.)   
We are an independant and very informal group with no constitution or rules!  Just a group of folk with a shared interest.  Overseas members receive one newsletter per year, in the autumn.

The seed exchange takes place in summer and to take part all you have to do is send a request for a list to the seed exchange organiser.  Full details will follow once you join.  Please feel free to contact me via email or Personal Message if you need more info.

  EDIT: Please see new notice re the Crocus Group   31st October 2015 : http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=2643.msg343924#msg343924 (http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=2643.msg343924#msg343924)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ranunculus on November 05, 2008, 10:59:08 AM
I wish the Crocus Group a long and influential future and commend the organisers on their energy and enterprise.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on November 05, 2008, 08:16:29 PM
All the above is true because it happened to me very recently. The only glitch was at this end because I ordered seed of very common species, as I was late in joining and the seedlist had been out for a while. Everything I ordered came, with numbers not names so MAF asked for a list of names (I'll include a list of species ordered next time). I photocopied the seedlist and sent it and they released everything except 2 packets of C. tommasinianus as not on the Bio Index. Of course it is, but mis-spelt, with just one M! More correspondence to MAF and I hope my two packets will arrive here soon. I referred them to "Crocus" by Brian Matthew, but they are a curiously thick-headed lot.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Paul T on November 20, 2008, 11:16:18 AM
Lesley,

Did you get your misnamed tommies?  I find the Australian quarantine people really helpful myself, releasing things once it has been explained where the problem occurred.  Maybe I've just dealt with the good ones though!  ;D  I hope you got the rest of yours through.  8)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: art600 on November 20, 2008, 12:14:02 PM
Lesley

I helped this year with the Cyclamen Society seed distribution, and for the Australian members we included a list of seeds with an asterix against those in the envelope.

I will endeavour to get this method for Crocus seed distribution next September and then there should be no problems with the autorities.

Arthur
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on November 20, 2008, 07:32:10 PM
Yes thanks, I did get the tommies, 2 packets of mixed forms, so something nice will eventually eventuate :) I see they haven't changed to the correct spelling on the Bio Index though, so anyone else ordering it any time will have to go through the same process. Did I say something about thick-headed?

Arthur, we don't want to add extra work for the seed distributors, so I at least, will include a list of everything I order and subs, and if this can be included with the seed itself, that would solve the problem. It was just that this first time I hadn't thought about there only being numbers on the packets. I photocopied my seedlist and sent it to MAF when the seeds came, it was just that C. tommasinianus was wrongly spelt on the Biosecurity Index.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: art600 on November 20, 2008, 09:15:29 PM
Lesley

The seed distributor has just retired - it will give hime something to do  ;D ;) ;D

I'll probably have a senior moment and forget all about it by next September.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on November 20, 2008, 09:44:56 PM
Lesley

The seed distributor has just retired - it will give hime something to do  ;D ;) ;D

I'll probably have a senior moment and forget all about it by next September.
I'm hoping that you don't know something I don't Art.  I'll take it that David has given up the day job .... and hope he will continue with the seed distribution for a long time yet.  (At least until he has finished the book he ought to be writing :D)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: art600 on November 20, 2008, 10:26:50 PM
You have nothing to worry about  ;)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Anthony Darby on November 20, 2008, 11:03:35 PM
I'm still trying to get my head round envelopes of cyclamen seeds with an asterix on them. ;)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on November 20, 2008, 11:11:05 PM
I think it's nice idea... I love Asterix........ though the colour printing could bankrupt the group..... not to mention the litigation..... :-\   ......  fascinating how a typo make you think cartoon, isn't it, Anthony ::)
Asterix  for asterisk is one of my favourite "family"  words... like revelance for relevance, we always used it ....can't think of any more at the minute... though there are masses...... ;)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Hans J on November 21, 2008, 12:35:50 PM
Maggi ,

if you like asterisk so is here something for you :

                                              Per aspera ad astra
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on November 21, 2008, 12:41:27 PM
I doubt that such a high ambition is for me, Hans, I am no aspirant  ;)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Anthony Darby on November 21, 2008, 12:48:07 PM
I think it's nice idea... I love Asterix........ though the colour printing could bankrupt the group..... not to mention the litigation..... :-\   ......  fascinating how a typo make you think cartoon, isn't it, Anthony ::)


Just as well it wasn't an obelisk then? ;D

Asterix  for asterisk is one of my favourite "family"  words... like revelance for relevance, we always used it ....can't think of any more at the minute... though there are masses...... ;)

Mrs Malaprop has a lot to answer for. We had a councilor well known for them: "Some people have been casting allegations at the council's policy on......" "well, we know who the alligators are and they will be......"


Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on November 21, 2008, 07:54:02 PM
I doubt that such a high ambition is for me, Hans, I am no aspirant  ;)
All this talk of aspirin is giving me a headache. :P
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on June 28, 2009, 10:45:32 PM
Advance notice for Crocus Group Members.  It is seed exchange time.  Here is how it works.
Seed Exchange

The aim of the seed exchange is to get seed to members as close as possible to the correct time for them to be sown for optimal germination (in the northern hemisphere)

Crocus seed has been shown to germinate best if sown during the higher temperatures of late summer before the lower temperatures of autumn and winter initiate germination.

The best time for sowing is therefore at the same time as nature does it in the wild, that is when the ripe seed is expelled from the mature seedpod in late spring to early summer. For this reason we ask donors to send seed as soon as possible after they have collected it, and in any case before 31st of July.

On the 1st of August a seed list is compiled and sent to members who have requested a copy by sending me a stamped addressed envelope, again before the 31st of July. Overseas members should not stamp the envelope, but an International Reply Coupon would be appreciated.

Members should indicate on the seed list which seeds they want up to a limit of 30 packets, and the seed request should be returned before the 31st of August. On or about the 1st of September the seeds are divided between the members who requested them, with donors getting first choice, although non donors always get a good deal. You will receive your seeds within a few days after that. They should be sown immediately and left exposed to the weather until they germinate, after which they may be brought under cover.

Donations of seed and requests for seed lists from non donors should be sent, before 31st July each year to:-

David B Stephens
ĎGreen Hollowí, 76 South Terrace, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 2AQ, UK.


Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: gote on June 29, 2009, 11:40:04 AM
I referred them to "Crocus" by Brian Matthew, but they are a curiously thick-headed lot.

If they do not need it perhaps you can persuade them to sell it to me  ;D ;D ;D

GŲte
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: gote on June 29, 2009, 11:45:00 AM
A propos obelisks and alligators.

"The previous government brough us to the edge of an abyss but we have now after the election taken a great step forward."

Cheers
GŲte
 
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on June 29, 2009, 11:20:03 PM
Happy landings Gote. ;D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ian mcenery on July 02, 2009, 11:02:44 PM
Hi Tony do donors have to request the seed list or is automatic for donors?
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on July 03, 2009, 03:59:06 PM
Hi Tony do donors have to request the seed list or is automatic for donors?
Always best to request, then there is no chance of confusion.

Below is an article by David Stephens from the forthcoming Crocus Group Newsletter giving more information about the seed exchange.

Crocus Group Seed Exchange 2009
The aim of the seed exchange is to get seed to members as close as possible to the correct time for them to be sown for optimal germination (in the northern hemisphere). Crocus seed has been shown to germinate best if sown during the higher temperatures of late summer before the lower temperatures of autumn and winter initiate germination. The best time for sowing is therefore at the same time as nature does it in the wild, that is when the ripe seed is expelled from the mature seedpod in late spring to early summer. For this reason we ask donors to send seed as soon as possible after they have collected it, and in any case before 31st of July.

On or about the 1st of August a seed list is compiled and sent to members who have requested a copy by sending me a stamped addressed envelope, again before the 31st of July. Overseas members should not stamp the envelope, but an International Reply Coupon would be appreciated.

Members should indicate on the seed list which seeds they want up to a limit of 30 packets, and the seed request should be returned before the 31st of August. On or about the 1st of September the seeds are divided between the members who requested them, with donors getting first choice, although non donors always get a good deal. You will receive your seeds within a few days after that. They should be sown immediately and left exposed to the weather until they germinate, after which they may be brought under cover.

Donations of seed and requests for seed lists from non donors should be sent, before 31st July to: - David Stephens, ĎGreen Hollowí, 76 South Terrace, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 2AQ, UK.

To recap:
Rule 1. If you are a donor, send seed to me before 31.7.2009
Rule 2. If you are not a donor but want a seed list, send a SAE to me before 31.7.2009
Obviously, donors always get first choice and very rare seed in short supply invariably goes to them. However, non-donors receive a fair proportion of what they ask for and always get a good deal.

Some statistics last three years:   
Year   No. of Crocus group members   No. of members requesting seed list   No. of members donating seed    No. of seed lots offered
   No. of Crocus taxa represented
2008   184   61 (33%)   28 (15%)   110   65
2007   166   61 (37%)   27 (16%)   148   74
2006   153   64 (42%)   26 (17%)   159   73

The Crocus Group seed exchange has I think been very successful and instrumental in getting most of the known Crocus taxa into cultivation. When I managed to persuade Primrose Warburg to allow the first seed exchange in 1992, it was very difficult to get hold of many Crocus taxa, even some of those we would consider fairly common by todayís standards.

One of my frustrations as curator of the exchange over the years has been that for the rarer taxa there are never enough seeds to make more than just a few packets. Obviously, most members request these so most will not receive them. These are distributed by a blind draw among the donors. Very occasionally there are enough seeds to allow everyone to have a packet such as with Crocus michelsonii in 2007. However, even with such small numbers of seed available these rare taxa are becoming slowly more widely grown. These last few years has seen the distribution of small quantities of Crocus wattiorum so in a few years time hopefully this will be more widely grown.

Can I urge members to make an effort to try to get seeds from their plants and to swap them in the seed exchange; this is one of the major ways to increase their availability and your collection. It can be difficult to get Crocus seed set in bad growing seasons particularly on the spring taxa. But, if while you are examining your flowering pots you carry a paint brush or similar implement, you can assist nature by becoming a pollinator. Growing bulbous plants from seed does not seem to occur to a lot of otherwise good growers. Perhaps it is the fact that you have to wait a few years to see a flower that deters. However, other than this, the process is extremely easy, just put Crocus seed in seed compost in a pot in late summer, expose to all weathers until germination then put under some protection from excess cold and water logging. Keep on the dry side over the late spring and summer then repeat the process. A few years doing this and you will have the pleasure each year of seeing new flowering pots of Crocus of your own making.
David Stephens
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ashley on September 24, 2009, 04:12:04 PM
Somehow I managed to miss this thread :( but will try to be more alert next year ;D

In the meantime when is the newsletter expected?
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on September 24, 2009, 04:55:04 PM
Ashley
You should have had a newsletter in July.  Articles by David Stephens on seed exchange and Janis on diseases.  I am working on a pdf newsletter with pictures.  Don't suppose you would let me use the great Crocus hadriaticus pic you posted recently?  PM me if you did not get the newsletter.... but I'm pretty sure you did ;)
Next one in the new year.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Anthony Darby on September 25, 2009, 10:42:15 PM
I guess my membership has expired then?
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: mark smyth on September 25, 2009, 10:50:31 PM
I got my copy
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on September 26, 2009, 02:48:08 PM
I guess my membership has expired then?
Your membership must have expired a while ago - not even on the old list I was sent a year ago when I took over!  Welcome back? :)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Geebo on September 26, 2009, 08:42:26 PM
Hi Tony,I am fairly new  with crocuses , even I have a nice colection,I would learn more about it.
Please inform me how to become a new member,Thanks  :)
Guy.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on September 26, 2009, 10:06:00 PM
To join the Crocus Group you need to send a cheque or cash for £5GB (Or 10 euro cash/£8GBP for non UK) to Mr Tony Goode.  3 Woodland Road, Hellesdon, Norwich NR6 5RA. UK.

The fee is a one off which is only repeated when group funds run low, (perhaps every 5 years.)   We are an independant and very informal group with no constitution or rules!  Just a group of folk with a shared interest. 

The seed exchange takes place in summer and to take part all you have to do is send a request for a list to the seed exchange organiser.  Full details will follow once you join.  Please feel free to contact me via email or Personal Message if you need more info.

Hi Geebo - above is the relevant info.  (Actually is the first post in this thread.  I think I need to repost in a new thread and lock the thread so it is easier to find)  We are encouraging all members to use email communication for newsletters as this allows inclusion of colour pics and will make the subscriptions last a lot longer.  The seed-ex is the main attraction for many as it gives access to a range of species and forms not easily obtained elsewhere.  Unfortunately it is completed this year.   
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Geebo on September 27, 2009, 04:44:20 AM
Thanks Tony,
I post the Ä 10.00 as requested in the next few day`s.
Visited Your website,very interesting,and educational.
Cheers,
Guy
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on September 27, 2009, 09:02:15 PM
I did receive the seed list which I didn't use this year, just too much else going on but I haven't received the Newsletter.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on September 28, 2009, 09:07:31 AM
I received the newsletter - the seedlist and.. the seeds !
I'm a happy chappy !!  :D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on February 17, 2010, 12:16:52 AM
I am mailing an e-ewsletter to 123 CG members tonight ... could take all night but I'm off to bed, Outlook is in charge.  Apologies to anyone who gets it twice but I got a returned message "too many recipients" when I sent it as one mass mail.. It proved quicker to send to everyone (seperately :P)  than to pick out the 'losers' from the return message!

I am interested to know if it has arrived OK ... and if not PM me and I'll sort it.  The file is big @ 3mb pdf (like the Bulb Log).  I tried saving it smaller but lost a lot of quality in the images.  Any ideas for doing it better gratefully recieved. 

It will all be familiar to Forum readers but hopefully pulling related things together helps.  I am hopeful of some input from other CG members (non forum) in future.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Thomas Huber on February 17, 2010, 07:54:18 AM
Found my newsletter in the mailbox this morning, thanks Tony. Great work!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Gerry Webster on February 17, 2010, 10:21:20 AM
Received OK. Many thanks Tony.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ian mcenery on February 17, 2010, 10:33:35 AM
I am mailing an e-ewsletter to 123 CG members tonight ... could take all night but I'm off to bed, Outlook is in charge.  Apologies to anyone who gets it twice but I got a returned message "too many recipients" when I sent it as one mass mail.. It proved quicker to send to everyone (seperately :P)  than to pick out the 'losers' from the return message!

I am interested to know if it has arrived OK ... and if not PM me and I'll sort it.  The file is big @ 3mb pdf (like the Bulb Log).  I tried saving it smaller but lost a lot of quality in the images.  Any ideas for doing it better gratefully recieved. 

It will all be familiar to Forum readers but hopefully pulling related things together helps.  I am hopeful of some input from other CG members (non forum) in future.

Excellent Tony arrived this morning and thanks also to the forumists for their contributions
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: mark smyth on February 17, 2010, 01:32:28 PM
I didnt  :'( :'(
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on February 17, 2010, 04:44:42 PM
Mark - I had an outofdate email address for you.  Have resent to mark@marksgardenplants.com
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: art600 on February 17, 2010, 04:46:42 PM
I didnt  :'( :'(

How can one person be so unlucky - you must have been a bad boy in your youth  :)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: mark smyth on February 17, 2010, 05:57:16 PM
Thanks.

Arthur I suppose what I got up to when I was young is coming back to haunt me ::)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: David Nicholson on February 17, 2010, 09:44:08 PM
Mine arrived OK. Great job Tony, thanks.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Darren on February 18, 2010, 08:04:48 AM
Mine turned up too Tony - thank you.

Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Michael J Campbell on February 18, 2010, 02:10:30 PM
Mine arrived ok, thanks Tony.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on July 18, 2010, 09:29:54 PM
The Summer CG Newsletter has been emailed / posted to all paid up members this weekend.  If you have not received it and believe you should have please PM or email me.  It contains details of the seed exchange, deadline for donation is 31 July.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on July 18, 2010, 11:49:34 PM
Thanks Tony, mine arrived yesterday and was read around midnight. It was lovely to see a certain little blue number as the first crocus mentioned in the newsletter. :D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on July 19, 2010, 09:40:49 AM
Good to know some have it - to those who have not received yet, please keep pestering me.  I have sent to everyone on the list (and resent to you Michael C) but it seems emails can 'go missing' just like snail mail!  I suggest people check in their spam email folder (outlook squirrels mine into a folder before I see it) as despite my not being a spammer, it might be there.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on July 19, 2010, 10:31:46 AM
All ok here Tony - it's another cracker !
Thanks !!!  :D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Michael J Campbell on July 19, 2010, 10:50:28 AM
OK Tony,I got it this time,thanks.

cheers,

Michael
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Otto Fauser on July 21, 2010, 03:30:46 AM
Tony , great to receive the newsletter by email , specially with the bonus of excellent photos
in this issue Dirk Schnabel's rarities ,such as a potfull of C. hartmannianus ,a species that has eluded me so far in my life .

 Roger Holland writes of C. biflorus ssp weldenii albus ,that the specimens he has seen do not match the description . Here are pics ( taken yesterday) of what I grow under that name , are they wrongly named too ? What is your verdict?

        Otto.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Thomas Huber on July 21, 2010, 08:19:40 AM
Looks like the plant I have under that name, Otto.
Roger received some corms 2 weeks ago from me and I hope he will confirm that its the true plant.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on February 23, 2011, 12:09:21 AM
Note to CG members. 
Sorry there has not been a Spring newsletter this year.  Jacinta (my better half) had an operation January and is still recovering.  Keeping the family ship afloat has had to take precedence over some other responsibilities.  Hoping for a bumper summer edition - start writing those reports now!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on July 13, 2011, 09:21:45 AM
The Summer 2011 Newsletter was emailed on 11 July.  If you have not received it please contact me .... including your latest email address in message if using PM. 
Thanks!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Hillview croconut on July 22, 2011, 12:52:37 AM
Hi Croconuts,

Can anyone tell me what the decided name for this plant? It was thought to be an aberrant form of sieberi grown by Alan Edwards and purportedly from a wild seed collection on Mt Idi, (AGS Bulletin Sept 1998). I think David Stephens tentatively named it Edwards Gold?

Cheers, Marcus
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on July 22, 2011, 08:54:22 AM
Hi Marcus
If there is only one yellow sieberi around it is known under the name 'Midas Touch'.  It is considered a hybrid C. sieberi and most likely C cvijicii.  In his book Janis refers to this plant as having been raised from seed of garden origin which makes me question  whether yours is a different plant. .... Or perhaps there is some confusion ???
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on July 22, 2011, 10:23:51 AM
I have 'Midas Touch' from Marcus and it is different from that one shown now. Not in flower yet but I'll take a pic soon, if Marcus doesn't beat me to it.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: mark smyth on July 22, 2011, 10:29:34 AM
I haven't got it, the newsletter, but maybe I owe money?
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on July 22, 2011, 08:17:55 PM
I haven't got it but maybe I owe money?
Midas Touch will cost you dear .. (re)joining the CG is only £5 and that's for many years membership!
I cannot help with Midas Touch but if you contact me privately you can rejoin!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: mark smyth on July 22, 2011, 09:37:35 PM
I'll put £5 in the post tomorrow
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Hillview croconut on July 27, 2011, 08:05:13 AM
Hi Guys,

The lemon coloured crocus I put last week is "Midas Touch". I received it directly from Alan Edwards. If you check David Stephen's article in AGS Bulletin Sept 1998 you will find that it was sent as seed to Alan from Ray Cobb with obviously the wrong provinence. Your explanation certainly seems more plausible.

Lesley my pic might just be a bit over exposed, either that or they were turning flowers.

Whatever it is its a beauty.

BTW Tony I am not on the Crocus Group mailing list anymore. Do I need to send 5 quid to you or what?

Cheers, Marcus
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on June 25, 2012, 11:38:42 PM
2012 Newsletter emailed tonight.
Please contact me if you don't get yours!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on July 22, 2014, 09:21:25 PM
There hasn't been an update for the Crocus Group for some time but the latest newsletter is out and I think that all the Croconuts here will be interested to see it.

All Crocus Group newsletters are available here: https://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12387.0

Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on July 27, 2014, 09:07:47 PM
Thanks for posting the Newsletter here Maggi. 

Good news!  There have been a couple of volunteers to help run the group and the Seed Exchange.  I am hoping it will be business as usual again soon.  To run a seed exchange we do need SEED so if any readers have crocus seed please consider sending it to the CG exchange.  In the first instance contact me : crocusgroupathotmail.co.uk

More details to follow.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Hillview croconut on July 27, 2014, 11:59:39 PM
Hi Tony,

I'll send some seed mate. Be in touch.

Cheers, Marcus
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on July 28, 2014, 02:02:15 AM
Hi Tony, I got my newsletter OK, thanks. Did you get an email from me? I sent it a few days ago right after I had the newsletter. I had a couple of suggestions re seed sources but I don't remember whether I sent it to you or the Crocus Group address. My newsletter came in a batch of other addresses as well and when I sent mine back I think there was one that was rejected as undeliverable but I'm not sure whether the others were OK or whether it meant that none had been delivered.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on July 28, 2014, 12:50:06 PM
Hi Tony, I got my newsletter OK, thanks. Did you get an email from me? I sent it a few days ago right after I had the newsletter. I had a couple of suggestions re seed sources but I don't remember whether I sent it to you or the Crocus Group address. My newsletter came in a batch of other addresses as well and when I sent mine back I think there was one that was rejected as undeliverable but I'm not sure whether the others were OK or whether it meant that none had been delivered.
Hi Lesley - yes, thanks I did get the email.  Have not yet found time to reply to everyone who wrote  :'(
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: dominique on July 28, 2014, 01:09:52 PM
Hi Tony
Is it possible to send you some bulbs or bulbills when no seeds for exchange ? Thank you
Dom
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on July 28, 2014, 11:41:51 PM
Hi Tony
Is it possible to send you some bulbs or bulbills when no seeds for exchange ? Thank you
Dom
Yes, these can be included in the exchange  :)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on August 11, 2014, 09:21:33 AM
Excellent News!

John Grimshaw (UK) and Matt Murray (AUS) have offered to become joint Secretary/Newsletter Editors, doing half a year each to reflect the different seasons N & S of the Equator.

Wim Boens (Belgium) will be the Seed Exchange Manager.

I will continue to deal with membership enquiries.

So we have a new Committee and the promise of new life for the Crocus Group  :)

A Newsletter will be emailed to members this week detailing the changes and the planned 2014 Seed Exchange.

Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Matt T on August 11, 2014, 09:51:58 AM
Excellent news indeed!
Thanks to all those who have stepped in to keep the group going, both the new committee and seed/bulb donors.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on August 11, 2014, 09:55:02 AM
This is very good news indeed. The extensive  Croconut community here will be relieved to hear this. 
Naturally, the SRGC Forum will continue to offer a home for the Group to enter discussions with all the Crocus enthusiasts and to keep the Crocus Pages  (http://www.srgc.org.uk/genera/index.php?log=crocus)up to date.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on August 11, 2014, 10:50:04 AM
Thanks Maggi and thanks also to you and SRGC for supporting us in the various ways that you continue to do this.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Alex on August 11, 2014, 03:38:18 PM
When does the exchange run? I am repotting now and have quite a lot of spare C. mathewi plus a few other spare Crocus corms in very small numbers (all desirable I think) that I'd love to contribute.

Alex
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on August 11, 2014, 11:01:51 PM
When does the exchange run? I am repotting now and have quite a lot of spare C. mathewi plus a few other spare Crocus corms in very small numbers (all desirable I think) that I'd love to contribute.

Alex

UK donors send to me by 31st August.  Overseas donors to Wim Boens.  I will forward all UK donations as one package to save UK donors EU postage but you are welcome to send direct to Wim also if you wish.  A newsletter should reach members in the next 24 hours.

Here's an advance view of the Seed-ex details

Hello to all Croconuts,
Iím the new seedex-manager and Iíll try to do as wonderful a job as David has done in past.
So, letís get started; like in the previous yearís itís the aim of the seed exchange to get Crocus seed to members as close as possible to the correct time for them to be sown during the higher temperatures of late summer for optimal germination. Crocus seed has been shown to germinate best if sown during the higher temperatures of late summer before the lower temperatures of autumn and winter initiate germination. The best time for sowing is therefore at the same time as nature does it in the wild, that I when the ripe seed is expelled from the mature seedpod in late spring to early summer. For that reason we normally ask members to send seed as soon as possible after they have collected it, and in any case before the 31st of July.
Since this year Iíve taken over the job a bit late, weíre moving the date to the 31st of August.
During the first week of September Iíll compose the list and e-mail it to members who have requested it (Donors who are members will receive the list automatically). Your request for the seedlist should reach me before the 31st of August too. See e-mail address below.
This year Iíll use the same system as David used last year, donors will be allowed to choose from the list, non-donors receiving pot luck. Next year (depending on the seeds we receive) Iíll see if I can get non-donors to make a choice from the list again. Orders should reach me by e-mail before the 30th of September. I will try to send all orders out before the end of October. Seeds should be sown immediately and left exposed to the weather until they germinate, after which they may be brought under cover.
Requests for the seedlist should be e-mailed (before the 31st of August) to: seedexcrocusgroup@gmail.com
Donations of seed can be send to:
(For the UK):
Tony Goode, 3 Woodland Road, Hellesdon, Norwich. NR6 5RA
Tony will forward all UK seed as one package, saving UK donors additional EU postage costs.

(For the rest of the world):
Wim Boens
Brugsesteenweg 17
8750 Wingene
Belgium

With the kindest regards
Wim
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on August 12, 2014, 12:11:47 AM
Excellent News!

John Grimshaw (UK) and Matt Murray (AUS) have offered to become joint Secretary/Newsletter Editors, doing half a year each to reflect the different seasons N & S of the Equator.

Wim Boens (Belgium) will be the Seed Exchange Manager.

I will continue to deal with membership enquiries.

So we have a new Committee and the promise of new life for the Crocus Group  :)

A Newsletter will be emailed to members this week detailing the changes and the planned 2014 Seed Exchange.

This sounds really good and it's great that the tasks are spread around several countries. Truly an International Group. :D I promise I'll do my best with seed as it appears and maybe a short article or two.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on August 12, 2014, 04:20:50 PM
Crocus Group Bulletin No. 43b : Summer 2014

Patron                 Brian Mathew    MBE VMH 

Committee         John Grimshaw                     
                             Mat Murray       

                             Wim Boens

                             Tony Goode


A New Committee

In the July Newsletter I appealed for help to breathe new life into the Crocus Group.  Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond.  You may have noted from the header above that we have a new committee.  Reflecting the international nature of our group the committee is drawn from members across the globe.  This will be my last Newsletter but I will be continuing to handle membership enquiries and to help co-ordinate the group activities. 


John Grimshaw (UK) and Matt Murray (AUS) who will be known to some of you, have jointly volunteered to take on the role of Secretary/Newsletter Editor.  Based at opposite ends of the world the plan is that John will report on the Northern growing season while Matt will do likewise for the southern hemisphere season.  Both are botanically trained and employed in horticulture, they will introduce themselves properly in the next Newsletter.

Wim Boens who lives in Belgium has taken on the role of Seed Exchange Manager.  Details of the planned 2014 Seed Exchange are included below.  Please take special note of the new Seed Exchange email address included below

Tony Goode


2014  Crocus Group Seed Exchange

Hello to all Croconuts,

Iím the new seedex-manager and Iíll try to do as wonderful a job as David has done in past.

So, letís get started; like in the previous yearís itís the aim of the seed exchange to get Crocus seed to members as close as possible to the correct time for them to be sown during the higher temperatures of late summer for optimal germination. Crocus seed has been shown to germinate best if sown during the higher temperatures of late summer before the lower temperatures of autumn and winter initiate germination. The best time for sowing is therefore at the same time as nature does it in the wild, that is when the ripe seed is expelled from the mature seedpod in late spring to early summer. For that reason we normally ask members to send seed as soon as possible after they have collected it, and in any case before the 31st of July.

Since this year Iíve taken over the job a bit late, weíre moving the date to the 31st of August.

During the first week of September Iíll compose the list and e-mail it to members who have requested it (Donors who are members will receive the list automatically). Your request for the seedlist should reach me before the 31st of August too. See e-mail address below.

This year Iíll use the same system as David used last year, donors will be allowed to choose from the list, non-donors receiving pot luck. Next year (depending on the seeds we receive) Iíll see if I can get non-donors to make a choice from the list again. Orders should reach me by e-mail before the 30th of September. I will try to send all orders out before the end of October. Seeds should be sown immediately and left exposed to the weather until they germinate, after which they may be brought under cover.

Requests for the seedlist should be e-mailed (before the 31st of August) to: seedexcrocusgroup@gmail.com

Donations of seed can be send to:
(For the UK):
Tony Goode, 3 Woodland Road, Hellesdon, Norwich. NR6 5RA

Tony will forward all UK seed as one package, saving UK donors additional EU postage costs.

(For the rest of the world):
Wim Boens
Brugsesteenweg 17
8750 Wingene
Belgium

With the kindest regards

Wim

------------------------------------

It is pleasing to see the Crocus Group beginning a new era.

If you love crocus and are not yet a member of the Crocus Group - why not join now? Contact Tony Goode.
Think of access to the Seed Exchange !  8)

Maggi




Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Helen Johnstone on August 13, 2014, 11:48:48 AM
I am planning to join - I presume the cheque is made out to Mr T Goode and not The Crocus Group?
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on August 13, 2014, 01:55:22 PM
I reckon so - Tony just off on his hols so he may not see this to be able to give definitive answer for a while.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Matt T on August 13, 2014, 02:31:47 PM
The advice I got from Tony was "to send a cheque (made out to A Goode) or cash for £5GB "
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on August 13, 2014, 02:44:58 PM
Thanks for clarification Matt.  :)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on September 06, 2014, 09:57:04 AM
A reminder of the link to the  Crocus Pages - updated on the SRGC to include  recent papers naming new plants etc. http://www.srgc.org.uk/genera/index.php?log=crocus (http://www.srgc.org.uk/genera/index.php?log=crocus)

The main menu page  for CROCUS in this forum http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?board=10.0 (http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?board=10.0)     has details of other pages of importance to Crocus enthusiasts
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: de.da. on September 13, 2014, 11:18:52 AM
Hello.
This year I sended the second time a letter. Last year they never arrived and this year I sended something per registered mail (2 months ago).
The same problem.
This is bad- I collected them in Austria
and my garden... :-(
Greetings - Daniel
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on September 13, 2014, 12:15:16 PM
Daniel, this failure of the post is very disappointing for you. 
When one considers the massive volume of post whizzing around the world I suppose it is remarkable that  problems do not arise more often but that is no consolation when you experience such problems - and more than once.  :'( 
A great pity that your kind donations have not reached the crocus seed exchange.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on September 13, 2014, 02:10:01 PM
Hello.
This year I sended the second time a letter. Last year they never arrived and this year I sended something per registered mail (2 months ago).
The same problem.
This is bad- I collected them in Austria
and my garden... :-(
Greetings - Daniel

Hi DaniŽl,

that is a real shame, we can always use some more seeds in our exchange. If you're still up to it for next year, please try posting them to my address in Belgium...and let's hope they arrive here.

All the best

Wim
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on October 14, 2014, 06:06:05 PM
 Some notes by Brian Mathew of the early history of the Crocus Group have been  posted here (http://www.srgc.org.uk/genera/logdir/2014Oct141413306138CrocusGroupHistory.pdf) - sent through from Tony G and David Stephens - thank you!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on October 14, 2014, 06:37:31 PM
I could not resist "borrowing" these pictures from the VRV forum from Wim, showing Ruben working  with him on the Crocus Group seed exchange ......   8)

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 Good reason to join the CG for next year, I hope  ;)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Crocus Group SRGC Team on October 20, 2014, 03:12:30 PM

Crocus Group -  a full  Newsletter Archive of all Crocus Group Bulletins - introduced by a brief 'history' of the group from Brian Mathew -  is now online  HERE  (http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=12387.0)


Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on October 20, 2014, 08:36:34 PM
Crocus Group -  a full  Newsletter Archive of all Crocus Group Bulletins - introduced by a brief 'history' of the group from Brian Mathew -  is now online  HERE  (http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=12387.0)
:) Thank You Team!
Title: Seed Exchange News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Crocus Group SRGC Team on May 26, 2015, 05:14:44 PM
The seed exchange of the Crocus Group begins again.
Members should have received the newsletter with the seed-ex request from John Grimshaw yesterday.

People who want to donate seeds (garden and/or wild collected), corms or cormlets can contact Wim Boens at: seedexcrocusgroup@gmail.com.
People who want to become members, so they can receive seeds/corms/cormlets should contact Tony Goode at: crocusgroup@hotmail.co.uk
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Matt T on June 07, 2015, 08:25:57 PM
Despite being a poor season for seed (just 2 Narcissus spp. this year), the autumn Crocuses almost managed double figures for the seed harvest. I've sent all that I could spare!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Yann on June 07, 2015, 08:45:21 PM
Bags are ready for shipping Wim.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ruben on September 08, 2015, 06:27:37 PM
Hard working to prepare the seeds for the Crocus group  ;D.
Luckily we have great cooperation of a very young member and have a Belgium beer to refresh!!

196 different collections of seeds and corms. THANKS A LOT TO ALL DONORS!
You can still send you're wish list until the 15th of September!
Not a member yet? Good reason to join the crocus group next year!

Much regards Wim(Seed exchange manager) and his helper Ruben
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on September 08, 2015, 06:51:29 PM
Such a cute little helper- probably the youngest member of the Crocus Group?
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Yann on September 08, 2015, 07:29:32 PM
what's that beer better than milk isn't it dad!  ;D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on September 08, 2015, 10:28:47 PM
By late summer to come (Jan/Feb) I should (may) be able to spare for distribution, say 3-6 small corms of Cr. olivieri ssp. balansae 'Chocolate Soldier.' But I can't send them to Matt in Australia for a list and if I send them to the UK there is the problem of acclimatization (the turn around to opposite seasons. Possible but sometimes tricky.) I could sell them here of course ( a number of local people have asked for them) but I'd really like to share this outstanding crocus more widely. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: johnstephen29 on September 14, 2015, 06:17:16 PM
Hi Lesley as you say acclimatisation to the northern hemisphere is tricky but not impossible. What if you split the bulbs sell half locally to your neighbours and send the other half to the srgc seed distribution or all of them if you'd prefer. There's a chance they could end up anywhere, there's members in many different countries.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on September 18, 2015, 12:23:46 PM
Wim and Ruben have completed the seed packeting and are ready to send the seed out to the members of the Crocus Group who have ordered seed from the Group's exchange

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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Yann on September 18, 2015, 07:11:28 PM
Nice job guys :P
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ruben on September 18, 2015, 07:41:00 PM
Thanks Maggy and Yann!  ;D its nice to help each other and enjoy the flower afterwards.  ;D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: carolesmith on September 24, 2015, 02:31:45 PM
Lovely parcel arrived from (Holland - so sorry Belgium) this morning, many thanks to the team, I am now off to do some sowing. :)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on September 24, 2015, 02:43:29 PM
Wim and Ruben, the Crocus Pixies, are in Belgium - hence the enthusiastic use of beer in their training schedule, Carole!  Isn't it lovely to get a  package in the post ?  And we don't even have to wait for Christmas!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: carolesmith on September 24, 2015, 02:54:09 PM
Thanks Maggi - should have looked more closely at the stamps , they are really nice too.
Labels sorted, sowing to do, maybe I should get some Belgian Beer to help me on my way ::)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on September 24, 2015, 03:02:20 PM
Tempting, Carole, but I'd hold off the beer till later - I know I'd stand a better chance of getting the labels correct when stone-cold sober - and that Belgian beer can be  powerful stuff! ;) :D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on September 24, 2015, 10:09:42 PM
Love the Chimay glass. I have four just like it, a gift from the landlady of a local pub!

BUT - was there a Crocus seed list? I didn't get one. Maybe I owe money?
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on September 25, 2015, 02:07:09 AM
Love the Chimay glass. I have four just like it, a gift from the landlady of a local pub!

BUT - was there a Crocus seed list? I didn't get one. Maybe I owe money?

Yes there was - the seed arrived here today.  I have yournameatxtra.co.nz on the membership list.  Summer newsletter had details of seed-ex.  I'm guessing yours got lost in the post ... I do not send them out any more but when I did I found a proportion from every multi-address mailing did not arrive  :(

Contact Wim Boens - maybe there is some seed left over.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on September 25, 2015, 12:21:08 PM
Thanks for that Tony. I checked back in my overly full Inbox but nothing there so the post gremlin must have been active. No matter, there will be another time.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Matt T on September 26, 2015, 10:25:28 PM
My package arrived safely today. Labels written and details catalogued ready for sowing tomorrow. Thanks for your efforts, boys.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: t00lie on September 29, 2015, 12:02:36 AM
Nice fat padded envelope arrived here this morning in New Zealand .
My thanks to all the donors and folk who organize the Crocus seed exchange. :)

Kind regards Dave.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Arum on September 29, 2015, 02:33:31 AM
Yes likewise here in Christchurch. Grateful thanks for all your work Wim and Ruben & others concerned. All my wishlist plus extra, so exciting,lots of planting & labeling to look forward to.
Regards Edna
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ruben on September 29, 2015, 07:26:07 PM
Looking forward to see the result of the germination and the first flowers in a few years :-d
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on October 31, 2015, 11:28:18 AM
Important news from The Crocus Group :
 " Crocus enthusiasts, are you aware that there is a group specifically for YOU! The CROCUS GROUP has regular newsletters and a seed distribution service. Membership is FREE. Contact any of the committee members listed on the photo and we will add you to the distribution list.

 Mat Murray "
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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on November 05, 2015, 09:45:23 AM
I should follow this thread more closely, great to hear you're pleased with the seeds you received... I hope they'll grow well for you. Now, up to a new year with even more flowers (and seeds)!

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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: t00lie on November 25, 2015, 08:37:57 AM
Looking forward to see the result of the germination and the first flowers in a few years :-d

Hello Ruben

Germination hasn't taken long --18 packets of different Crocus from this years exchange were sown at varying depths in the first week of Oct and germination at various stages is occurring at the moment in 16 pots....

A small sample is shown .

C. tournefortii cotyledon above the surface.

C. cartwrightianus cotyledon growths yet to reach the surface.

C. adenensis with what looks like root radicles emerging.

Cheers Dave.

PS Maggi not sure if this posting should be in this thread ........



Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on November 25, 2015, 11:18:12 AM
PS Maggi not sure if this posting should be in this thread ........

 Why not, Dave - it's a great advert for the quality of the Crocus Group Seed !  ;) 8)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on November 26, 2015, 05:42:10 PM
Hello Ruben

Germination hasn't taken long --18 packets of different Crocus from this years exchange were sown at varying depths in the first week of Oct and germination at various stages is occurring at the moment in 16 pots....

A small sample is shown .

C. tournefortii cotyledon above the surface.

C. cartwrightianus cotyledon growths yet to reach the surface.

C. adenensis with what looks like root radicles emerging.

Cheers Dave.

PS Maggi not sure if this posting should be in this thread ........

Great to hear, Dave. Very pleased that the seeds of this years seedex were of good quality!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ruben on December 26, 2015, 03:06:13 PM
Happy to see the seeds from the Crocus group (2015) are growing well
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Neil on December 27, 2015, 09:57:45 AM
Ruben  where do you get your labels  from?
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on February 22, 2016, 12:39:16 PM
Tony Goode holds a National Collection of Crocus, under the  Plant Heritage Scheme ( formerly known as  NCCPG -  http://www.nccpg.com/ (http://www.nccpg.com/) ) -  the other day he staged this display at his local Plant Heritage meeting :

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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on February 25, 2016, 11:25:35 PM
Tony Goode holds a National Collection of Crocus, under the  Plant Heritage Scheme ( formerly known as  NCCPG -  http://www.nccpg.com/ (http://www.nccpg.com/) ) -  the other day he staged this display at his local Plant Heritage meeting.
Thanks for sharing this here Maggi - still snowed under here, figuratively speaking!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on February 25, 2016, 11:26:08 PM
Happy to see the seeds from the Crocus group (2015) are growing well
Mine too  :)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on April 01, 2016, 11:32:12 AM
The Crocusses are forming fat seedpods already, so the time has come for me to remind you to please collect some seeds for the seed-exchange of the Crocus Group. Any leftover corms or cormlets are more than welcome too! Ruben & I will be very glad to receive heaps of seeds and corms to redistribute this year!

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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on April 19, 2016, 06:47:56 PM
I harvested the first seeds of the year today...so it is time to "bump" this thread. Don't forget to collect some seeds for the Crocus Group Seed-ex, please...the members will be eternally grateful to all donors!!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ruben on April 20, 2016, 07:17:50 PM
Started working on it Wim  ;D ;D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on May 10, 2016, 10:51:46 AM
For the Croconuts who are a member of the Crocus Group, here's the info for the seedex.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Lesley Cox on May 11, 2016, 12:51:07 AM
I've been trying to send a request for the next list to Wim, by way of a PM but keep getting a red response wim B can't be found. I've put a capital for Wim
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on May 11, 2016, 07:33:53 AM
Sorry, forget that, I was putting a space between Wim and B. Sorted now.

LOL, you found me!!!  :D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: t00lie on July 20, 2016, 10:50:41 AM
Last pots of the Crocus Group seed I received last Oct have just germinated ,C. vallicola and C. veluchensis.   :)

Just don't ask me which is which . ;D...

Cheers Dave.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on September 19, 2016, 07:55:50 PM
Ruben Billiet and his wife Eshley have welcomed a new member of their family - here they are with their daughter Hannah and baby Eli -  the world of Croconuts grows apace!!
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Many, many congratulations to the Billiet family!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on September 19, 2016, 07:57:18 PM
Jānis Ruköāns is  planning a new book - and you can help the project by pre-ordering your copy or making a donation towards printing costs - read more here :
http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=14685.0 (http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=14685.0)
Ruben B. , such a keen member of the Crocus group, has already ordered his copy of this new book - there is  still time for you to get involved!!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ruben on September 22, 2016, 08:01:51 PM
Happy to announce that the crocusseeds and bulbs of the Crocusgroup are all divided and ready to send!

Enjoy and happy growing - much regards Wim Boens (seedex -manager) and Ruben Billiet.


Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on September 22, 2016, 08:26:42 PM
Well done  Wim and Ruben !
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Matt T on September 22, 2016, 09:53:50 PM
Looks like you guys were having fun!
I'd better find some space in the frames  ;D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: pehe on September 27, 2016, 06:57:05 PM
I have just received (and sowed) my Crocus seeds :)
17 out of 20 wishes - that is excellent.  8)
Thank you Crocus seedex group!

Poul
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ruben on September 27, 2016, 09:25:08 PM
Superb Poul!

Looking forward to see some pictures of the crocus (and other plants) at you're place
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Yann on September 28, 2016, 10:39:02 PM
Seeds well received, thank you guys  ;)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: ruben on September 29, 2016, 11:30:04 AM
Good to hear Yann! happy sowing and looking forward to see the first results (previous years...) :-d
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Neil on October 08, 2016, 11:57:58 AM
Mine have just arrived thank you very much.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Yann on October 08, 2016, 12:43:54 PM
Ruben the babies are well growing, sorry taken with an old smartphone:

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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: fermi de Sousa on October 27, 2016, 11:19:03 AM
I was getting worried but the packet has finally arrived! :D
Posted nearly 6 weeks ago! :o
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on November 02, 2016, 07:09:15 PM
Plans afoot for a Crocus/Galanthus event  taking shape on Facebook......

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Tony Goode (https://www.facebook.com/tony.goode.754?fref=ufi) Superb .... and some nice companion planting for the crocus in your garden too.Tim Ingram (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?fref=ufi) Wonderful... need to have another talk sometime on Crocus Tony Goode (https://www.facebook.com/tony.goode.754?hc_location=ufi) or Wim Boens (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?hc_location=ufi), especially how they associate with other plants. These really light up the autumn garden. Must grow more of them. Wim Boens (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?fref=ufi) Tim (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?hc_location=ufi), I'm sure that could be arranged in the coming years...Paddy Parmee (https://www.facebook.com/sonygirl717?fref=ufi) we could sort it with Hampshire AGS Tim Ingram (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?hc_location=ufi) & Wim Boens (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?hc_location=ufi)Paddy Parmee (https://www.facebook.com/sonygirl717?fref=ufi) !'m putting together 2017/18 Sept ~May Tim Ingram (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?fref=ufi) Wim (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?hc_location=ufi), I remember a very enjoyable (and generous) 'Snowdrop & Crocus' day in Chris Brickell's garden many years ago. There are Snowdrop meetings everywhere for plantspeople through the winter, but it would be great to celebrate a wider compass of flowers and in autumn too... and just seen Paddy Parmee (https://www.facebook.com/sonygirl717?hc_location=ufi)'s comment! Scope for something interesting as the autumn colours reach their peak.Wim Boens (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?fref=ufi) Paddy (https://www.facebook.com/sonygirl717?hc_location=ufi), Tim (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?hc_location=ufi), autumn of 2018 would be better for me, a talk about autumn flowering Crocuses and how they combine with other plants. But maybe Tony Goode (https://www.facebook.com/tony.goode.754?hc_location=ufi) has a good talk about this, so you could have one in 2017?Paddy Parmee (https://www.facebook.com/sonygirl717?fref=ufi) 2018 good, Ive September 2018 booked but free Oct NovemberWim Boens (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?fref=ufi) October 2018 sounds fine to me, but like I said maybe Tony (https://www.facebook.com/tony.goode.754?hc_location=ufi) has one ready for next autumn? Tim Ingram (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?fref=ufi) Paddy (https://www.facebook.com/sonygirl717?hc_location=ufi), Wim (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?hc_location=ufi) - October would be good! I know bulb sales normally come earlier in autumn but maybe this could be combined with a display and sale of bulbs (autumn snowdrops Emma (https://www.facebook.com/emma.s.thick?hc_location=ufi) et al?) and several speakers? And a good garden?! It is a time of year to savour. Any thoughts Tony (https://www.facebook.com/tony.goode.754?hc_location=ufi)? East Anglia is such a kingdom of bulbs that we could learn from you all there too. And/or have a travelling event year on year?Emma Thick (https://www.facebook.com/emma.s.thick?fref=ufi) We are planning some thing here at work which will be around I think the 5 November for Autumn which I think is a Saturday, more details to follow Tim Ingram (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?fref=ufi) Maybe travelling speakers then?  Emma Thick (https://www.facebook.com/emma.s.thick?fref=ufi) We have one speaker already lined up .Emma Thick (https://www.facebook.com/emma.s.thick?fref=ufi) I will make a copy of this conversation and show my head gardener and bossPaddy Parmee (https://www.facebook.com/sonygirl717?fref=ufi) Have linked you all in to a group message Emma (https://www.facebook.com/emma.s.thick?hc_location=ufi) Tim (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?hc_location=ufi) Wim (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?hc_location=ufi)Tony Goode (https://www.facebook.com/tony.goode.754?fref=ufi) I am always up for an opportunity to talk about crocus Tim Ingram (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?hc_location=ufi) and Wim Boens (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?hc_location=ufi), and Emma Thick. Distance no object ... furthest I have travelled so far is Sweden :-)Mark McDonough (https://www.facebook.com/mark.mcdonough.568?fref=ufi) Wonderful collection of crocus Wim (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?hc_location=ufi), many super photos. :)Tim Ingram (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?fref=ufi) Tony (https://www.facebook.com/tony.goode.754?hc_location=ufi), Wim (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?hc_location=ufi), Paddy (https://www.facebook.com/sonygirl717?hc_location=ufi) - maybe a meeting involving/promoting the Crocus Group in some way? My impression of the Plantsman's World at the moment is of many different groups and societies with common and overlapping memberships but not common events, which may not always encourage new gardeners to get involved? Paddy Parmee (https://www.facebook.com/sonygirl717?fref=ufi) Need to get our heads together Tim (https://www.facebook.com/gillian.ingram.733?hc_location=ufi) Wim Boens (https://www.facebook.com/wim.boens.1?fref=ufi) Tony (https://www.facebook.com/tony.goode.754?hc_location=ufi) and/or John (https://www.facebook.com/john.grimshaw.108?hc_location=ufi) might be better placed to involve the Crocus Group in this...I'm separated from you guys by some water 

Margaret Young (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009129399731&fref=ufi) Interesting to see this conversation of a joint Crocus/Galanthus event..... puts me in mind of the SRGC/Cyclamen Society weekend in Penrith! Such an event would, of course, be possible to be advertised in the extensive Crocus Section of the SRGC forum - where many of those there on Facebook originally met, I think!



 
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: t00lie on December 05, 2016, 07:38:45 AM
Seed received a few weeks back are on the move. 13 pots so far out of 18 sown show activity at various stages ..

Thanks to Ruben, Wim and donors .

Cheers Dave
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on December 05, 2016, 02:05:35 PM
Ruben the babies are well growing, sorry taken with an old smartphone:

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2014 seedlings?? From the first year I took over the seedex...good to see babies from my first time  ;)  :P
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on December 05, 2016, 02:07:45 PM
I was getting worried but the packet has finally arrived! :D
Posted nearly 6 weeks ago! :o
cheers
fermi

6 weeks :o :o , something's changed, although I'm not sure what... It took them +8 weeks to arrive in South-Africa....
I'll have to look into this for next year's exchange.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on December 05, 2016, 02:09:51 PM
Plans afoot for a Crocus/Galanthus event  taking shape on Facebook......

Interesting to see this conversation of a joint Crocus/Galanthus event..... puts me in mind of the SRGC/Cyclamen Society weekend in Penrith! Such an event would, of course, be possible to be advertised in the extensive Crocus Section of the SRGC forum - where many of those there[/size]on Facebook originally met, I think!

Would love for this to go through, but I'm not sure if someone in the UK is willing to organise this...I've started to gather pics for my talk just in case  ;)  ;D
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on December 05, 2016, 02:10:31 PM
Seed received a few weeks back are on the move. 13 pots so far out of 18 sown show activity at various stages ..

Thanks to Ruben, Wim and donors .

Cheers Dave

That's great, Dave. Always wonderful to see the babies sprouting!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on March 10, 2017, 08:11:02 AM
Oh no.... look here....

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Seedpods are coming, means I'm waking up from my slumber...to ask you to collect them before they explode their seeds and take over the world... ;)

In all seriousness, please don't forget the Crocus Group seed-exchange when you collect your Crocus Seeds, I and all our members will be eternally grateful!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Matt T on March 10, 2017, 11:25:51 AM
Not just seeds though, Wim? Cormlets and spare corms too?
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on March 10, 2017, 05:00:57 PM
Not just seeds though, Wim? Cormlets and spare corms too?

Yes, of course! Thanks for remarking that!!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on April 30, 2017, 08:59:57 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, please, when harvesting seeds/cormlets and corms of Crocus, don't forget this poor seed-exchange manager of the Crocus Group who would love to be overwhelmed by the amount and number of Crocus sent in for this year's exchange. Every amount (1 seed up to 1 million of seeds) of every Crocus (the most common and the most rare and recently described) is very welcome. Just harvested some pods of C. michelsonii here today, see below...
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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Yann on May 01, 2017, 04:48:27 PM
just cleaned bulbils and pods this afternoon. ;)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Pennine Wanderer on May 01, 2017, 05:11:28 PM
Wim,
To what address do we send crocus seed from the UK?
Dave
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on May 01, 2017, 05:45:16 PM
just cleaned bulbils and pods this afternoon. ;)

 :) :) :)  :D :D :D Cheers, Yann!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on May 01, 2017, 05:45:56 PM
Wim,
To what address do we send crocus seed from the UK?
Dave

Hi Dave, you can send them directly to me or to Tony Goode, I'll send you a PM.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on May 27, 2017, 05:02:52 PM
For the May IRG from Iran, we discover a new Crocus species  from Iran, described by Jānis Ruköāns :
Crocus inghamii

http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2017May251495746846IRG89May2017.pdf (http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2017May251495746846IRG89May2017.pdf)

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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Matt T on August 14, 2017, 12:28:02 PM
Finding time during re-potting to work my way through some of the second year seedling pots. Here is the contents of one of the pots - Crocus pallasii from seed collected on Samos by Janis and distributed through the 2015 Crocus Group seed exchange.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on August 14, 2017, 02:22:56 PM
Finding time during re-potting to work my way through some of the second year seedling pots. Here is the contents of one of the pots - Crocus pallasii from seed collected on Samos by Janis and distributed through the 2015 Crocus Group seed exchange.

 I  do love a cute "baby" picture!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on September 20, 2017, 02:15:28 PM
I'm given to understand that Crocus Group Seed is being sent out now.  Also hearing of members who do not seem to have been informed of this year's list.  Disappointing when this place has given so much time and support to the Group and surely serves as a recruitment aid!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: David Nicholson on September 20, 2017, 07:18:29 PM
Yes, I've been a member for years but haven't had a copy of the List this year to date. I did send WimB a PM but have not had a reply. I can appreciate that all those involved are volunteers but there's no point in doing half a job!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Yann on September 20, 2017, 07:38:13 PM
May be sharing a link here pointing to the list (PDF and/or Doc format) will help in case of spam detection while the mailing is sent.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: fermi de Sousa on September 22, 2017, 01:27:53 AM
I'm given to understand that Crocus Group Seed is being sent out now.  Also hearing of members who do not seem to have been informed of this year's list. 
Hi Maggi,
I was concerned when I read your message and wondered why I hadn't received the list. However when I re-read the email from Wim (sent in May) it cleared said that to receive the list you had to request it by August 15. I understand that as a small volunteer group they have to set cut-off dates to be able to do the work effectively.
Now I have to go and continue sorting seeds to send to the Seedexes!
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on September 22, 2017, 08:51:06 AM
I'm given to understand that Crocus Group Seed is being sent out now.  Also hearing of members who do not seem to have been informed of this year's list.  Disappointing when this place has given so much time and support to the Group and surely serves as a recruitment aid!
Having been involved in sending out the CG Newsletter in the past, I recall problems with failure of bulk emails which may explain David not receiving his.  A proportion of the intended recipients did not receive the mail for reasons that were not always apparent.  I think the suggestion of an announcement here is a good idea.  The seed-ex is the work of a very small team who do the job in their spare time.  I am aware there has been no newsletter this year but the seed exchange continues.  I will contact Wim and we will discuss options for better communication, most importantly using the forum more effectively.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: pehe on September 22, 2017, 07:19:21 PM
I got the seed list without any problems and I have already received (and sowed) the seeds. :)
Thanks to the seed ex team!

But I think it is a good idea to use the forum to avoid any issues regarding emailing the seed list.

In general I see a tendency to use Facebook more and more for posting pictures instead of using the SRGC forum. In my opinion we should use the Forum as much as possible to keep it at the current high level.

Poul
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on October 04, 2017, 05:11:00 PM
I'll make sure to post all correspondence regarding the CG seedex here too, but there will still be an e-mail sent out and I expect all contacts to go by the e-mailaddress of the seedex...for now, all seeds were sent out and I've closed the seedex for this year:

Seed-exchange Crocus Group  2017 closed

Some numbers regarding our last seedex.

We made about nine small packets of seed from 212 different species/cultivars/forms of Crocus which were sent in by 36 donors and sent out to 53 members.

Here below the top 10 of the ďmost wantedĒ species, but almost all seeds were asked in high quantity. As always, I could not give everyone everything they asked for, but I did my best.

No.   Name                           Packets asked

40   cvijicii ex JJA 343.600          21
188   vallicola ex AHEP 8328          21
76   hartmannianus                          20
187   vallicola                                  19
15   autranii                                  18
25   caelestis                                  17
54   fleischeri JATU-017 (cormlets) 17
75   hakkariensis                          17
115   nubigena                                  17
83   karduchorum ex JJA 0.346.301     16
84   karduchorum R. & R. Wallis 09-175     16

Total price for sending to a member (package and postage) was up to 4.63 Ä p.p. this year.

I would like to thank the donors for taking the time to collect and send the seeds, the members who asked for seeds and Luc Gilgemyn for helping me with the packaging of the seeds.

Looking forward to a year with a good seed set and a wonderful seed-exchange next year.

Happy sowing/growing,
Wim Boens
Seed-exchange manager.

Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on October 04, 2017, 05:13:08 PM
Thanks Wim!

Remember folks, to let Wim know if your email address changes!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on October 10, 2017, 06:53:38 PM
Hi Maggi,
I was concerned when I read your message and wondered why I hadn't received the list. However when I re-read the email from Wim (sent in May) it cleared said that to receive the list you had to request it by August 15. I understand that as a small volunteer group they have to set cut-off dates to be able to do the work effectively.

cheers
fermi
Some did not  get that email either, fermi!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Crocus Group SRGC Team on November 07, 2017, 01:58:28 PM
New Crocus Group Newsletter 48  - from Mat Murray online now
All Crocus Group newsletters are available here: https://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12387.0
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on November 07, 2017, 07:33:22 PM
New Crocus Group Newsletter 48  - from Mat Murray online now
Click here to download (http://files.srgc.net/CGBulletinarchive/CGBulletin48.pdf)
This is also being emailed out to everyone on the list.  Please let me know by PM or email if you DON'T get one but think you should have.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on November 21, 2017, 02:00:35 PM
Following the mailing of the newsletter I have had mail 'bounced' back from the following members.  They will not have received the newsletter as most likely their email address has changed.   If you know them and can help put them back in touch with us please PM or email me.  Thanks.

Filip Seys
Hendrik Van Bogaert
Mr H Rosberg
Steve Keeble
Tony Heaton
Chris Brickell
Torsten Junker
Tristan Heaton-Ellis
A Brace
Frankie Wullemans - recent member likely that the email address is wrongly typed in my record  :-\
Peter Sykes
Fred Bundy
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Luc Gilgemyn on November 21, 2017, 05:36:07 PM
I can help you with two addresses, Tony :

Hendrik Van Bogaert : hvb.ir@telenet.be

Frankie Wulleman : frankie.wulleman@telenet.be
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on November 21, 2017, 07:24:51 PM
Tristan_He is a forumist, so is Torsten , also alpinelover ( Frankie)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on November 21, 2017, 08:45:33 PM
I can help you with two addresses, Tony :

Hendrik Van Bogaert : hvb.ir@telenet.be

Frankie Wulleman : frankie.wulleman@telenet.be

Thanks Luc.  Frankie should have his copy now - a typo caused the problem.  Hendrik I have mailed the address you have, the same as I have, but it has come back twice.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on November 21, 2017, 08:59:24 PM
Tristan_He is a forumist, so is Torsten , also alpinelover ( Frankie)
Thanks Maggi - that's two sorted and one I have PM-ed.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Alex on November 22, 2017, 10:58:21 PM
Hi,

I think I should be on the list, but have had nothing of any sort including seedex for over a year. Could I be added back on please? It is alex dot aimee at gmail dot com (obviously replace dot, at with symbols).

Thank you,

Alex
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on November 23, 2017, 10:48:01 AM
Hi,

I think I should be on the list, but have had nothing of any sort including seedex for over a year. Could I be added back on please? It is alex dot aimee at gmail dot com (obviously replace dot, at with symbols).

Thank you,

Alex

Hmm ... you are on the list and I have the correct email address.  I have resent the newsletter.  Could it have gone to a place other than your inbox?  My gmail has a way of filing some messages in odd places ... not just trash!  Let me know.
cheers
Tony
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on January 23, 2018, 01:37:42 PM
A note  from Wim  to remind folks about saving seed for the  Crocus Group Seed Exchange

[attachimg=1]

- I know not everyone is on Facebook and may be grateful for the reminder!
 Good to note that membership of the group entitles you to take part in the crocus group seed exchange - a most worthwhile benefit!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on March 11, 2018, 04:05:44 PM
These guys are starting to show....

[attachimg=1]

so, that means it's time for me to remind you to collect the seeds shortly...please keep the Crocus Group Seedex in mind when you do!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Crocus Group SRGC Team on April 02, 2018, 05:20:34 PM
Latest Crocus Group  Bulletin form John Grimshaw : All Crocus Group newsletters are available here: https://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12387.0
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on April 08, 2018, 06:43:25 PM
Almost ready for harvest....please remember our Crocus Group seedex and do send in some seeds.

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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on June 01, 2018, 04:24:32 PM
It's that time again!!! Please, my wonderful fellow Croconuts, remember the Crocus Group seed-exchange when cleaning your seeds and your pots...would love to be overwhelmed by a huge amount of seeds and cormlets of all possible Crocusses so I can spread the joy. Please also remember to send the seeds and cormlets cleaned and dry!

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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on June 01, 2018, 04:27:43 PM
A timely reminder about seed donation to the Crocus Group, Wim - perhaps a chance too to encourage  folks who are not members to join the group. in able to take part in the wonderful seed exchange?  8)

See how here: http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=2643.msg343924#msg343924 (http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=2643.msg343924#msg343924)
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on August 17, 2018, 03:02:02 PM
For those who haven't received the seedlist of the CG, it went out today...

If you want to receive the seedlist, please send an e-mail to seedexcrocusgroupATgmail.com.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: brianw on October 26, 2018, 06:27:58 PM
My first flower from the recent distribution; today ;-)))))))) Recd. 24/9/2018

One of the 3 small corms of Crocus pumilus opened in todays sun. A second looks promising too.
Title: crocus with 8 tepals
Post by: Klaus Hu on November 19, 2018, 02:43:09 PM
Who can explain the 8 tepals of this crocus, which is a hybrid of two tommasinianus varieties?
Beside the 4 inner and 4 outer tepals this crocus has 4 anthers and a stigma which is quartered.
Title: Re: crocus with 8 tepals
Post by: Janis Ruksans on November 22, 2018, 05:13:15 AM
Who can explain the 8 tepals of this crocus, which is a hybrid of two tommasinianus varieties?
Beside the 4 inner and 4 outer tepals this crocus has 4 anthers and a stigma which is quartered.
Mistakes during ontogenesis of flower parts when they were formed during summer rest period. This year many crocuses (actually not "many" but more than usually) had such flowers, some even 12 and more flower parts instead of normal 6. I suppose - induced by high temperature.
Title: crocus with 8 petals
Post by: Klaus Hu on November 22, 2018, 01:03:27 PM
Helo Tony,
did you see a spring blooming crocus with 8 petals? See the attached foto. It is a hybrid of tw tomassinianus varieties with 4 inner and 4 outer petals, 4 anthers and a quartered stigma. Do you have any idea what happened with this crocus?
Kindest regards Klaus
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on November 22, 2018, 01:07:12 PM
Helo Tony,
did you see a spring blooming crocus with 8 petals? See the attached foto. It is a hybrid of tw tomassinianus varieties with 4 inner and 4 outer petals, 4 anthers and a quartered stigma. Do you have any idea what happened with this crocus?
Kindest regards Klaus
Happens quite often - there have been several reports of such flowers in the forum over the years. It is not usually a stable feature.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on February 18, 2019, 07:02:14 PM
Timely reminder from Wim Boens !

"For all Croconuts who are a member of the Crocus Group, these guys are popping up already, so please don't forget to harvest some seeds for our seedex!!! "

[attachimg=1]
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on March 31, 2019, 07:48:07 PM
Almost ready, please don't forget to collect the seeds and send them in to the Crocus Group Seedex.  :D

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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Maggi Young on April 01, 2019, 02:38:33 PM
A comment  on the virtue  of the  Crocus  Group Seed Exchange to  a member in  New  Zealand ... ( this goes for  other  seed exes as well, of course!) ......  "Please do collect seed for the exchange. It is our only route for importation into New Zealand, as we are not permitted to bring bulbs into our country. We really do appreciate the seed exchange!
This weekend I have planted out pots of tiny crocus bulbs I germinated from the 2017 seed exchange...thanks a million to those who donated. Hopefully I will have pics to post in a couple of years! "

Email Wim Boens for  any  seed  exchange  questions    : seedexcrocusgroup@gmail.com

Send  Crocus seed to the Crocus Group Seed  Exchange    -
Wim Boens, Brugesteenweg 17, 8750 Wingene, Belgium



Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Crocus Group SRGC Team on April 18, 2019, 08:36:58 PM
Dear fellow-Croconuts,

the time has come again to ask for your donations of Crocus-seeds and corm(let)s. The pods are forming already and they promise a good seedset, so Iím looking forward to getting a lot of seeds from many people all over the worldÖwith your cooperation we can share those wonderful gems with each other, so a big thank you goes out to all donors in advance. Please donít hesitate to send in small amounts of seeds, even a couple of seeds can make someone else very happy! Also, seeds of more common species and cultivars are more than welcome, since they are especially good for starting croconuts and people who want to sow them directly in the garden to get a more naturalised look.
This year, as in the previous years, I will be accepting corms and cormlets in the exchange too. It has shown to be a good formula; many members only want seed, but quite a few like to get young cormlets or some bigger flower-sized corms too. So if you have any corms and/or cormlets to spare, please send them in.
Hereís the rundown: like in the previous yearís itís the aim of the seed exchange to get Crocus seed to members as close as possible to the correct time for them to be sown during the higher temperatures of late summer for optimal germination. Crocus seed has been shown to germinate best if sown during the higher temperatures of late summer before the lower temperatures of autumn and winter initiate germination. The best time for sowing is therefore at the same time as nature does it in the wild, when the ripe seed is expelled from the mature seedpod in late spring to early summer. For that reason, we normally ask members to send seed as soon as possible after they have collected it, and in any case before the 15th of August.
During the last weeks of August, Iíll compose the list and e-mail it to members who have requested it (Donors who are members will receive the list automatically). Your request for the seedlist should reach me before the 15th of August too. See e-mail address below.
Donors will be allowed to choose from the list first and non-donors will also be able to make a choice from the list and I will take into account what they ask for as well. Orders should reach me by e-mail before the 15th of September. I will try to send all orders out before the end of September. Seeds should be sown immediately and left exposed to the weather until they germinate, after which they may be brought under cover.
Price for ordering seeds is 5 Ä/order. To be paid with the order, before the 15th of September.
Requests for the seedlist should be e-mailed (before the 15th of August) to: seedexcrocusgroup@gmail.com
Donations of seed and corm(let)s can be send to:
(For the UK):
Tony Goode, 3 Woodland Road, Hellesdon, Norwich. NR6 5RA
(For the rest of the world):
Wim Boens
Brugsesteenweg 17
8750 Wingene
Belgium

With the kindest regards
Wim


Regarding the Nagoya Protocol:
The reputation of the Crocus Group is at risk if we offer seed that has been collected illegally, or that does not have permission for distribution. This could do harm to future attempts to people who want to collect legitimately. The Crocus Group is not able to check every seed submission, so please do not submit seed that would put our reputation at risk. Please also retain documentation giving any relevant permission for as long as possible!
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Crocus Group SRGC Team on August 20, 2019, 01:53:56 PM
From Wim Boens about the  Crocus  Group Seed  List:

This yearís list is a lot smaller (both in individual species/cultivars as in seeds received) than the list of the former years. A lot of people reported a bad seedset, some even lost a big part of their collection. We almost didnít receive any wild-collected seeds and some of the bigger donors had no seeds to give this year Letís hope next year is a lot better! As always, let me start with a huge thank you to the donors; without you guys, we couldn't do this, so THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

Here goes! Seedlist in the attachment. All of you (non-donors TOO) can e-mail your wishlist! You may ask for up to 20 packets of seed, but a lot this year are in short supply, and donors get the first pick. Just e-mail me a list of twenty numbers and make sure to add your name and address. Please add a list of possible 2nd choices so I can send you some of those if your 1st choices are no longer available. Please send your wishlist before the 15th of September

Also please inform me of things I have to know when sending seeds to your country. Within the E.U. there's no problem but I'm not sure about members in the U.S. and in Australia and New-Zealand.

This year we have some cormlets for offer too, these can only be sent to members within the E.U.

 PAYMENT!!

The funds of the Crocus Group have dried up. So, from last year on, we ask for a payment of 5 Ä for any seed request.

Payment should accompany the request and should reach me before the 15th of September. If I havenít received your payment by that time, I wonít be able to send out your requested seeds.

 There are three ways to pay:

 1 For people in the Eurozone, it might be easiest and cheapest to pay directly into my bank account. Just request my bank-data with your order and Iíll mail you my IBAN and Swift codes.

 2 You can pay to my Paypal-account: itís this address: seedexcrocusgroup@gmail.com. Please make sure you pay me 5 Ä with all costs for you (as a gift).

 3 You can mail a banknote of 5 Ä to this address:

Wim Boens

Brugsesteenweg 17

8750 Wingene

BELGIUM

 Seeds will be dispatched within the last two weeks of September. Youíll be notified by e-mail when your seeds have been sent out.

 Crocus  Group Seedlist 2019 : [attachurl=1]
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on February 28, 2020, 10:13:29 AM
The seedpods are popping up...Please don't forget to collect the seeds and send them in to the Crocus Group seed-exchange!!

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Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: WimB on April 20, 2020, 10:32:00 AM
The request for Crocus seed donations has been sent out today. If you want to participate in the Crocus Group Seed-exchange (as a donor or non-donor) and you haven't received the mail, you can contact me via PM.
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: littlenorm on June 15, 2020, 09:01:38 PM
I would like participate in the Crocus Group Seed-exchange (as a donor or non-donor)  I haven't received the mail,

could you add me also do  i need to send 5EURS

Many Thanks

Norman Atkinson
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: littlenorm on June 15, 2020, 09:35:03 PM
The request for Crocus seed donations has been sent out today. If you want to participate in the Crocus Group Seed-exchange (as a donor or non-donor) and you haven't received the mail, you can contact me via PM.

    littlenorm30@hotmail.co.uk
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: littlenorm on June 16, 2020, 08:02:29 AM
 participate in the Crocus Group Seed-exchange (as a donor or non-donor) i you haven't received the mail,


from littlenorm30@hotmail.co.uk
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: fermi de Sousa on May 13, 2021, 03:03:07 PM
Crocus veneris from Crocus Group seed 2016, sown 27-04-2017, first flower 11-05-2021
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: pehe on May 18, 2021, 10:05:38 AM
Nice to see Fermi!

In the northern hemisphere it is time to collect seeds for the crocus group seed exchange. Here are a few of my contributions:

1. Crocus vallicola
2. C. gilanicus
3. C. gramensis

Others to come

Poul
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: fermi de Sousa on July 31, 2021, 06:41:15 AM
Crocus etruscus from Crocus Group seed 2016, sown April 2017, first flower today,
cheers
fermi
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Crocus Group SRGC Team on September 14, 2021, 09:56:31 AM
Crocus Group Bulletin 54  is  now  online  - a reminder that all Crocus Group Newsletters are now available 0 with new links, here: https://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=12387.0
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: Tristan_He on October 13, 2021, 11:03:18 PM
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My seeds arrived yesterday and have now been sown after their soaking. Thanks to the Group for organising this wonderful thing!  :)

Also this has prompted me to get my act together for the SRGC seed exchange, as I had to clean and packet my collected seed (which had been sitting in the glass ramekins on the table) so I could soak my Crocus seed.....
Title: Re: News from the Crocus Group
Post by: tonyg on August 01, 2022, 01:26:03 PM
An appeal to UK Crocus growers.   The Crocus Group Seed exchange UK arm is, as expected, rather light on donations.   If you are a UK based grower and have seed to donate please do so ASAP.   Anyone can join the group.  The only charge is to cover cost of the seed exchange, there's no membership fee.  Donors get priority in the exchange.  Please contact me if you want more information and for my land address if you can donate.  crocusgroup@hotmail.co.uk  Thanks
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