Mediterranean and Kazakh seed lists

David Victor
Wed, 04 Nov 2009 08:19:29 PST
Dear all,

I thought that members would like to know that there is a new seed 
source in the UK with a wealth of originally wild-collected 
seed.  The list is run by a very knowledgeable grower, Kurt Vickery, 
and is based around a combination of his material and that of Mike 
Salmon, whose plant collection he has helped maintain for several 
years:  Mike collected for nearly forty years around the 
Mediterranean and has extensive collections of the main genera.  Many 
of you will have known of him before he retired when he operated as 
Monocot Nursery.

Kurt's list contains many taxa of Narcissus, Sternbergia, Biarum, 
Crocus, Allium, Colchicum, Fritillaria and Scilla, as well as many 
others.  Kurt is also offering seeds collected in the past season in 
the Kazakh Tien Shan by Vladimir Kolbintsev, who visitors to those 
mountains will almost certainly know.  This contains many species of 
Tulipa, Eremurus and Iris, as well as others.  Kurt and I collected 
in the Tien Shan last year with Vladimir and got extremely good 
germination from our collections of Juno irises, frits and tulips, by 
sowing at this time of the year.

If you are interested in either of these list contact Kurt Vickery 

Best regards,
David Victor 

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