PASSIFLORA SOCIETY NEWS
The 2019 double issue newsletter has been published. Many thanks once again to Matt Lanas for all his hard work and to the many contributors who have made this a bumper 48-pager. Special thanks to Matt Candeias for his guest article on Adenia and to Markus Varga for his practical guide to this fascinating genus in the passionflower family; the sharp-eyed will discern a member species in his photo on the front cover, behind the foreground subject Passiflora edmundoi, which inaugurates our new series of Plant Profiles.
The first item in the issue is an update from your President and Vice-President, in which we ask you all (basic as well as premium members) to complete a PSI and Me questionnaire, to tell us what you would like PSI to be, and how you can help us get there! Please do take a few moments for this – unless you tell us, we may never know !
Other contents include:
- PSI Meeting 2018, Bochum, Germany – report by Rob McPhail
- Passiflora × violacea: The First Hybrid by Leslie A. King
- Two Go To Mexico – field-trip report by John Vanderplank
- A History of Passiflorunde Magazine 1993 – 2013 by Axel Frank
- The “Succulent Passionflowers” by Matt Candeias
- Adenia: A Practical Guide by Markus Varga
- Passiflora Seed & Pollen Part 2 by John Vanderplank
- Remembering François Thuys by Christian Houël
- Plant Profile: Passiflora edmundoi by John Vanderplank
- Butterfly Corner by Martin Wills
- Passiflora Crossword by Leslie A. King
- crossword, recipe, seedbank, conference and other news
Hard copies are being mailed to everyone on the 2019 premium member list AND the current list (as at press date, 26th December 2020), except for those requiring a digital copy only. This can be found on our Newsletter Downloads page as usual.
Basic members can purchase a hard copy with a free digital version from MagCloud, as can non-members. The digital version now has its links and similar features enabled, but is lower resolution than the version on the PSI website – which you may (or may not) find more convenient.
The size of this issue has entailed a slight delay to the 2018/9 Cultivar Register, but that’s next ! This and subsequent issues will only go to premium members on the list just before the date of issue – so make sure your subscription is paid up on time.
Work has also started on the following issue and our commissioning editor, John Vanderplank, would welcome additional contributions.
Published 5 January, 2021
The PSI European Seedbank is now closed. Thank you to all members who have donated, purchased and helped distribute seeds. Sales were a record, with 50% more packets sold than this time last year.
We hope to hold at least 2 more sales in the coming year – watch this space !
with best wishes to all for a happy 2021 !
Published 31 December, 2020
The European Seedbank Sale 2020 is now open to all members. It will close at about 6pm GMT on 31st December 2020.
You will find the sale here.
Published 12 December, 2020
The European seedbank sale is now closed for stocktaking and will reopen to all members at about 6pm GMT tomorrow 12th December
Published 11 December, 2020
The European Seedbank sale is now open here to Premium Members at discounted prices. Please note it will close on 11th December for about 24 hours for stock-taking.
Just a Basic Member ? upgrade to premium here, or else be patient until 12th December, when the sale will reopen to all members at regular prices and remain open until 31st December
Published 1 December, 2020
The European Seedbank is back ! It will open, to premium members only, at around 6pm GMT on Tuesday 1st December 2020.
To enjoy the discounted prices available, make sure your premium membership is up to date by logging in now and taking action if necessary. This should also ensure you receive the 2019 double issue newsletter which will be out shortly.
The seedbank will then close on Friday 11th December for about 24 hours for stocktaking, before reopening to all members (at regular prices) on Saturday 12th December. It will remain open until Thursday 31st December.
All standard packet prices have been reduced since last year, and there are a few bargains available at around 50% discount !
Meanwhile you can preview some of the items on offer here.
Published 25 November, 2020
Attention seed donors: please note that instructions have changed – see How to donate seeds
Always check with the relevant seedbank manager before sending anything.
Published 17 November, 2020
Getting the North American Seedbank back up is taking longer than expected: we are now aiming for early January
To make up for this we are planning to bring forward the European Seedbank sale to mid-November.
We are also exploring the idea of a South American Seedbank. If you might use this, or have any questions, please submit a contact form and we’ll get back to you.
If you have seeds for any of the seedbanks, the managers would love to hear from you – please follow the instructions on the How to donate seeds page.
Please watch this space for further updates
Published 27 October, 2020
The American seedbank plans to hold a sale commencing in mid-October, and the European seedbank a sale in early January.
In the meantime, if you have any seeds to donate, the seedbank managers would be delighted to hear from you ! Please follow the instructions on the How to donate seeds page.
Premium members who donate more than 50 seeds in accordance with the instructions will be able to purchase seeds in the relevant sale one week before all other members.
For more information, please visit the Seedbank page.
Published 4 September, 2020
In view of the ongoing risks, restrictions and uncertainities relating to travel and meetings due to Covid-19, it has been thought wisest to postpone the conference that would have been held at Saint-Jory this October to 1st-4rd October 2021. All other details remain the same.
This is disappointing to all of us, not least to Christian who has put in so much work organising it, but we hope you will understand.
We will however need to hold our 2020 AGM some time before the end of the year; this we will probably do on Zoom. Further details in due course.
Published 12 July, 2020