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David Victor

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  • Birthday 05/27/39

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    Somerset, England
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    Plants, particularly Geraniaceae and bulbous plants; baroque and early music, including playing keyboards; travelling to see plants in their native habitats

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  1. Group Newsletter

    A short note to let you all know that the winter edition of the Geraniaceae Group News will be distributed later this week. Packed with interesting articles for you geraniophiles it should reach you within a week or so. If it does not do so, please let me know. Amongst the interesting features this quarter are articles on Erodium/Geranium from Mount Ossa in Greece, the rare Pelargonium album, cultivation techniques and the building an maintenance of rock gardens suitable for our favourite plants. If you are not a Member but would be interested in becoming one, go to www.geraniaceae-group.org for details. Very best wishes to you all for 2016.
  2. Geraniaceae Group Meeting

    Members will know that our next meeting is scheduled for Saturday 24th October. However, the RHS have moved the venue shown in the Autumn News to the Lawrence Hall conference rooms, where the autumn show takes place. We will be in room 21 on the first floor, to the right of the show entrance. The meeting takes place from 2 pm onwards and all are welcome.
  3. Group Newsletter

    A brief note to tell Members that the Autumn newsletter will be posted in the next day or so. It's packed with interesting and informative articles about the Geraniaceae and will, I am sure, appeal to our Members. If you are not a Member but would be interested in becoming one, go to www.geraniaceae-group.org for details.
  4. Group Newsletter

    I am pleased to tell you that the Summer 2015 edition of the Group Newsletter is being posted this week-end. There is a wide range of article, hopefully catering for all tastes. These include reports from growers around the world, discussion on techniques and particular species and a review of new species within section Hoarea of Pelargonium. Copies of the News should be with Members in the next couple of weeks. Should they not arrive, please let me know by email and I will investigate the matter. If you are not a Members but are interested in the work of the Group, go to our sister site at www.geraniaceae-group.org/ for more details.
  5. PayPal facilities

    Many members, particularly those not living in the United Kingdom, have asked us to provide PayPal facilities to make the process of payments to the group easier and cheaper. I am pleased to say that PayPal is now available for payments to the Group, both for membership fees and the purchase of items from the book list. The address for payment is: [email protected] If using this facility, payments should be made in pounds sterling, although the charge to you will be in your local currency. Please also include a short message saying what the payment is for and your name. In the new Group Newsletter, the article covering this also says that you can contact the Group with general enquiries via this address. I should emphasise that such a contact would be a purely email message and not passed via PayPal. However, I have also set up a new contact address to work in parallel, which is: [email protected] Please note that this address does not contain the underscore between "geraniaceae" and "info". This difference has been created by BT who say in their instructions that an underscore is possible, but then consider it an error when you try to create it. Yes another example of third rate software offered by a bureaucratic monster.
  6. Geraniaceae Group Meeting

    A quick reminder to Members of the Geraniaceae Group that there is a meeting of the Group at the Fibrex Nursery, Pebworth, near Stratford-upon-Avon next Wednesday, June 17th from 2 pm onwards. Fibrex have one of the National Collection of Pelargonium especially the various groups of hybrids, as well as a large selection of species. Plants are on sale. All are welcome.
  7. Geraniaceae Group News

    I circulated the latest issue of the Group News around the start of April, so it should be with most Members by now. If you do not receive your copy before long, please let me know.
  8. Geraniaceae Group Meeting

    I thought that you might like to know that there is an open meeting at my garden to view my National Collection of Xerophytic Pelargonium on 29th April from 14.00 hrs. onwards. The collection contains well over 100 species, centred on those sections that go to make up what has been termed the xerophytic clade: sections Cortusina, Hoarea, Ligularia, Magnistipulacea, Otidia and Polyactium. This will be around peak blooming time, so I hope to be able to offer visitors a good display. There is no charge involved. I live about ten miles north-west of Taunton in Somerset, in a relatively remote place. So, if you are interested in coming, I suggest that you email me for instructions. Don't wait to phone until you are nearby, as the mobile signal does not reach these parts.
  9. Geraniaceae Group News

    As Members will know from the last newsletter, I will be editing the newsletter in Richard's absence. The next one will be the spring issue and I am starting to think about its contents. While I intend to make some contributions to it, I am keen to get contributions from other Members. So, if you can make a contribution, please do. Contributions will be welcomed on any area of the group's activity: growing, propagating, showing, Geranium, Pelargonium, Erodium, Sarcocaulon or Monsonia,. The choice is yours. All you need to do is to send your contribution to me and I will do the rest. All of my contact details are on the inside cover of the winter edition of the newsletter. If you would like to discuss a subject before putting pen to paper, then I am always willing to do so. I look forward to hearing from you.
  10. Geraniaceae Group News

    I'm pleased to be able to tell you that Richard Clifton has safely come through a very serious operation. He left hospital a few days ago and is starting a period of recuperation. I'll let you know when there is further news.
  11. Geraniaceae Group seed list 2015

    It appears that a number of Group Members have not received their seed list this year. If you have not had yours, please urgently contact Allan Robinson by email at: [email protected] or at [email protected] Allan has now taken over responsibility for the distribution from Bill Morris
  12. Geraniaceae Group News

    Hi Katya and Greig, Many thanks for your thoughts for Richard. I'll be sure to pass them on the next time I see him. And Greig, thanks for bringing this to my attention - I looked in the winter news, which is currently on its way to you (and the details were there) without checking earlier ones (and they were not in those). In any event, if you look on the Member information at the top of the forum you will find my email details under my name.
  13. Geraniaceae Group News

    I'm sorry to have to advise you that Richard Clifton has been diagnosed with a serious cancer and is likely to be unavailable to work with the Group for some months. Clearly, this is a major blow to the group, as Richard has been totally central to all that we do for some 33 years. In the meantime, we have agreed a number of changes to the ways in which we organise the work of the Group. The seed distribution had already been transferred back to Bill Morris and, more recently, Allan Robinson has volunteered to be responsible for the organisation of the distribution. I have agreed to take over as Treasurer immediately and, assuming things develop as indicated above, I will take over the roles as Editor and Publisher of the Newsletter from spring 2015. To that end, members are invited to send contributions on species to me directly from now on and not to Richard. In that way, I can prepare them for either Richard or myself depending on who is doing the job come springtime. My full contact details are shown inside the cover of the newsletter. Peter Starling remains as Membership Secretary, Marisa Amadio retains responsibility for the web site, Katya Koskaya for the web forum and Syd Reed as Meetings Secretary. For the moment, we have closed the bookshop, until such time as we have a better view of what is likely to happen. My aim would be to open it again by the spring. I'm sure that you would all want to join with me in wishing Richard all our very best wishes for the time ahead and a full and rapid recovery. David Victor
  14. The Geraniaceae

    You may well be right: I don't try to keep up to date with the very latest. I rely on the APGIII site, which is run by Mobot, at www.mobot.org/mobot/research/apweb/ All I did here was report what they say under Geraniales and I think that I got it right. As both you and I said, they place both Hypseocharis and the rest of our traditional group of genera within Geraniaceae. As for the Hypseocharaceae, I did say that it was a synonym, which is the way APGIII treats it. Also, the other families I mentioned do still exist according to APGIII and are within Geraniales, but not within Geraniaceae. I think that you misunderstood my meaning. I don't mind one way or the other if we cover Hypseocharis; I certainly did not suggest that we should hide it away.
  15. The Geraniaceae

    It all comes down to how wide one makes a forum. According to APGIII, the Geraniales divide into two groups: four families on one side (Melianthaceae, Vivianiaceae, Francoaceae and Greyiaceae) and the Geraniaceae. Geraniaceae itself divides into two: Hypseocharis (or its synonym Hypseocharaceae at a family level) and Geranioideae. It is this last part (Geranioideae) which contains the genera that we cover. So, perhaps we should call ourselves the Geranioideae Group. However, as there are so few species in Hypseocharis and so few in cultivation, perhaps it doesn't make too much of a difference. You ask if anyone has grown them and, yes, I have grown a couple, back in the early '90's. This came to me as H. moschata, but I believe it to be H. piminellifolia. It was collected in Chile, I believe by Bob Brown. The other that I grew was H. bilobata, this time a collection by John Watson (F&W8206): Apart from the colour, both had similar pinnate, shiny foliage and long, vertical tubers and similarly shaped flowers. They were both attractive, but not very floriferous. I did find them difficult to keep - another example of the problems of winter wet, if I recall properly.
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