Southern African Bulb Group
The Autumn meeting is on Sunday 23rd October 2016
Newsletter no. 33
(August 2016) is now available
Autumn 2016 meeting
The Autumn meeting of the Southern African Bulb Group will be on Sunday 23rd October 2016,
at Badger Farm Community Centre, Winchester, UK.
Doors open at 10:00 a.m. and the meeting will finish at approximately 4:00 p.m.
The speaker for the morning session at approximately 11:00 will be
Nick Wray, the curator of Bristol University Botanic Garden.
All who are interested in growing these plants will be welcome.
There is an entry fee of £3.00, but parking is free.
There will as usual be a plant display table, photos, short talks, plant sales
(a good reason to arrive soon after 10:00!),
and tea and coffee with biscuits.
You are encouraged to bring along any plants you wish to display or sell,
or digital photos to share with the audience.
Bring your own lunch, or buy something at Sainsbury's next door.
More information about our meetings, the location and directions are shown on our
Our next meeting is planned for Sunday 23rd October 2016.
Nick Wray, the curator of Bristol University Botanic Garden, will give a talk.
More details of the meeting are given above.
The next meeting after that will be on Sunday 2nd April 2017,
when Bob Charman will talk about his trip to Patagonia.
If you feel you want to do some homework to brush up on the mountain flora of Ethiopia
before Jonathan Hutchinson's talk (or afterwards!),
have a look at a 358-page book which is available on-line as a 6.5-megabyte PDF file which you can download:
Aloes and Lilies of Ethiopia and Eritrea:
various bulbs, especially Scadoxus, are mentioned in the introduction to the mountain areas on page 22 onwards. Species of various bulbous families are described later in the book.
[Richard White, 19/01/2016]
The annual Bulb & Seed Exchange
for 2016 is under way.
Please refer to Newsletter 33 for details.
The full list of bulbs and seeds which will be available
will be sent to members in early September.
Those previously available in 2015 can be seen here:
Bulb & Seed Exchange 2015.
The next Bulb & Seed Exchange will probably take place during August and September 2016.
[Richard White, 24/08/2016]
I'm experimenting with a new version of our SABG web-site.
It will hopefully look smarter and more modern,
make it easier to maintain and update,
and in due course make it possible for members to contribute directly.
[Richard White, 03/10/2015]
The display table at our Autumn meeting in October 2014,
showing a variety of species of Nerine, Lachenalia,
Massonia, Empodium and other genera.
[Click here for a larger version]
(Richard White, 12 October 2014)
About the Group
The SABG is based in the UK and is for anyone interested in growing the
beautiful and diverse bulbous plants of South Africa and neighbouring countries.
You do not need to be an expert (I'm not!) or live in the UK,
but our meetings have all been in England so far.
The objective of the Southern African Bulb Group is to further
the understanding of the cultivation of Southern African bulbs,
where 'bulbs' is used in the broad sense to encompass bulb-, corm- and
tuber- possessing Southern African plants, which are mostly 'monocots'
(plants with strap-like leaves and flower parts in threes or sixes)
but also including 'dicots'
(with broad leaves and frequently five-petalled flowers)
such as Oxalis.
Many of these plants come from the former Cape Province,
now the Northern, Western and Eastern Cape Provinces,
and are easy to grow in a cool greenhouse or a sunny conservatory or window sill.
They usually provide colourful flowers in autumn and winter
and need a dry period in summer, because they are winter growers.
Some are summer growers and a few of these will grow outside
in southern or sheltered parts of the UK,
such as Agapanthus, some Nerines and Tulbaghias, etc.
Others, like Lachenalia, are real jewels to brighten up your
conservatory when not much else is in flower.
- To join the group, or to enquire about joining:
- To enquire about the newsletter or web site,
to send suggestions for additions and improvements,
or to submit items for inclusion:
The flower spike of Veltheimia sp. in my conservatory in Hampshire.
This plant may be V. bracteata or V. capensis or a hybrid between the two.
(Richard White, 28 March 2014)
in the new conservatory at Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town.
(Richard White, April 2006)
Lachenalia pustulata in cultivation in Hampshire, UK.
Three plants of Haemanthus coccineus in April 2006,
growing in a very stony soil at Cape L'Agulhas,
the southernmost point of the continent of Africa,
within a few yards of both the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean.
(Richard White, April 2006)