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RickR
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I wondered if I should have added Saruma henryi to the winners and losers thread.  But I couldn't tell which it would be!  With the unseasonable cold, foliage color was a bit off, with a bit of blackish hue noticeable on the undersides.  Stem and leaf growth is a little stunted now, I think, but flowers are the largest I have seen on this nine year old plant. :o

       

Pulmonaria 'Apple Frost'

             

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
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Pulmonaria 'Apple Frost' is stunning!  Where did you obtain this one, I've not heard of it.  I was going to post photos of Saruma henryi taken today, but yours are really good, a really good woodland plant.  I have some seedlings potted for an upcoming NARGS chapter meeting.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

RickR
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Apple Frost didn't do a lot when I had it planted with the hungry roots of the neighbor's sugar maple.  Now, this is only the second season for it in its new home.  It really has taken off, given some more sun and relatively little root competition.  It has doubled in size already!  The original plant came from Heronswood when it was still the real thing (2002).

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Hoy
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RickR wrote:

I wondered if I should have added Saruma henryi to the winners and losers thread.  But I couldn't tell which it would be!  With the unseasonable cold, foliage color was a bit off, with a bit of blackish hue noticeable on the undersides.  Stem and leaf growth is a little stunted now, I think, but flowers are the largest I have seen on this nine year old plant. :o
Pulmonaria 'Apple Frost'

I have had Saruma thrice but none lived as long as a whole summer - slugs >:(
I am a little reluctant planting Pulmonarias as they selfsow around but I would make an exception for 'Apple Frost'  ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

WimB
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For the first time, one of my own seedlings of Shortia is flowering! Woooohooow!!!  ;D ;D

Last year they still looked like this:

I planted them out in fall last year!

Two weeks ago Shortia soldanelloides var. soldanelloides (= Shortia soldanelloides or Schizocodon soldanelloides) looked like this:

And today I had my first flower on Shortia soldanelloides var. magna (= Shortia magnus or Schizocodon magnus)

And next week I'll have my first flower on Shortia soldanelloides var. illicifolia (= Shortia illicifolia or Schizocodon illicifolia)

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

RickR
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No wonder you're excited, Wim!

Those look to be very special.  Interestingly shaped leaves, shiny foliage, changing color, really cool flowers... what more could one want!  :o

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

WimB
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RickR wrote:

No wonder you're excited, Wim!

Those look to be very special.  Interestingly shaped leaves, shiny foliage, changing color, really cool flowers... what more could one want!  :o

Yeah, I'm really excited...not only because it's a wonderful plant, but also because people told me it was an impossible genus to grow in Belgium!
I'm aiming for a full collection of this genus there are only 6 species and 17 subspecies...so it should be possible!!

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

Tim Ingram
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Wim - those are absolutely superb plants! Always good to be told something is impossible! David Sampson, a fine nurseryman in the south of Britain where such plants are difficult to grow, used to also grow these well from seed and kept them in raised beds in a shade tunnel. (He also grew really choice primulas). Will be great to see how you get on making the collection.

The pulmonaria is very nice - the best in our garden has been 'Diana Clare' from Bob Brown (Cotswald Garden Flowers).

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

cohan
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Congrats on those Shortias, Wim! I don't know too much about them, apart from seeing John W in Nova Scotia post some on SRGC.. why should they be unsuitable for your climate?

All the Pulmonarias seem nice, seem like something I should be watching for :)

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

WimB
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cohan wrote:

Congrats on those Shortias, Wim! I don't know too much about them, apart from seeing John W in Nova Scotia post some on SRGC.. why should they be unsuitable for your climate?

Thanks Cohan,

I was told my climate was too dry and too hot in summer, even the seedlings would not get past their first year.....but everyone who told me it was impossible had never tried it (because they had been told it was impossible too  :rolleyes: :rolleyes:)

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

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