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Lori S.
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The arrangement of leaves on A. oxycarpum is certainly reminiscent in appearance of that of various succulents.  Are the leaves actually succulent at all?  The alyssums I've grown so far have flat, rather rough- and dry-feeling leaves.  I'll definitely keep a watch out for seed of that one - terrific foliage.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Lori wrote:

The arrangement of leaves on A. oxycarpum is certainly reminiscent in appearance of that of various succulents.  Are the leaves actually succulent at all?  The alyssums I've grown so far have flat, rather rough- and dry-feeling leaves.  I'll definitely keep a watch out for seed of that one - terrific foliage.

No, the leaves aren't actually succulent, they just look like they are by their arrangement, they are rough-scabrid to the touch as most Alyssum are.  I'm sure it made lots of seed but I never collected any, nor did I collect seed on much of anything else this year given my non-stop work demands and "working weekends", grrrrr.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Boland
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That Alyssum is worthy to grow for foliage alone!

Crocus and witch-hazel Trond...you are inflicting pain!  We just got nearly a foot of snow yesterday...winter has finally arrived...now three months to my first blooms.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

cohan
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I agree Todd-- I have a hard time considering any season/place 'winter' that has things flowering! We also have crocus flowering-- at supermarkets and flower shops!

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

Lori S.
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More thoughts of spring...
Draba acaulis:
         
               

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Very cool (in more than one sense of the word)!

I didn't know Draba could be so wooly! :o

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

Lori S.
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Well, here's another good wooly one then, Draba ventosa.  :)  It's native to Alberta, in alpine screes, though I haven't seen it in the wild yet.

           

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Ya know, making a longer and longer want list (two more now) has its advantageous.  I can compare my want list to the Seed Ex offerings, for instance, and my order practically makes itself!

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

Tim Ingram
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I hardly dare show a picture of a snowdrop after talk of deep snow and temperatures down to -30°C or below! Our climate is perfect for these plants and gardeners become quite obsessed about them, for good reason, they really light the garden up through these short days. I am growing many of them under rows of dwarf apples, along with other woodlanders that come on later. The variety, 'Trym', has become quite iconic for the repetition of the inner tepal markings on the outer tepals.

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.
 

Hoy
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RickR wrote:

Ya know, making a longer and longer want list (two more now) has its advantageous.  I can compare my want list to the Seed Ex offerings, for instance, and my order practically makes itself!

Can't you just return the whole Seedex list and say: I take them all ;)

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

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