Image of the day - 2012

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Anne Spiegel
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Taken today on the cliff above the crevice gardens, a Phlox, probably pungens, but label is gone.  It's been frosted but the flowers are still pretty good.  One of the joys of the western phloxes is that they have repeat flushes of bloom if the weather is to their liking.  Probably the record here is held by Phlox kelseyi, which bloomed 5 times with the last bloom late in the fall.  That's really getting your money's worth from a plant.  It was grown from Alplains seed.  Also looking good is a very nice onosma in the latest of the crevice gardens.

Tim Ingram
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Having said we don't normally get snow until the New Year, of course now we get snow! (Only a few centimetres but it really does brighten the garden up and cover up all those parts which need a good tidying).

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.
 

Lori S.
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Amazing to hear about the performance of Phlox kelseyi down there, Anne.  One bloom is all I expect in this short season.

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

Boland
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Well the snow is all gone again...three days of 7-9 C will do that!  Arum italicum is looking pretty good at the moment.  I've had it for years but only once did it bloom and that was three years ago.

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

Toole
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While out in the garden this morning i inadvertently managed to alter my SLR camera 's settings for the following pic ,(i was playing around using full manual ).

Obviously i've been a few steps high on the resolution side however an edit of contrast and colour has resulted in hopefully an acceptable image. :-\

Arisaema sps.

Sunglasses required  ;D

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

cohan
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Todd, I had a few little bits of Arum- I think it was italicum, though maybe not- from a friend to try, but to no great surprise, there was no sign of them in spring.... We had a few days up to those sorts of temps after our snow, but not sufficient duration to cause overall melting, especially in shade, though many places were bare.. that's a few snows back, though...

Dave- nice image! Sometimes a less technically accurate or complete photograph tells us something interesting about a plant..

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

Hoy
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Todd wrote:

Well the snow is all gone again...three days of 7-9 C will do that!  Arum italicum is looking pretty good at the moment.  I've had it for years but only once did it bloom and that was three years ago.

Todd, my plant is still covered by snow - so far December has been extremely cold :( I've never gotten flowers though, maybe it is to shady where it is growing.

Dave, you have caught the spathe well enough. Looks like the plant is growing on a sunny beach!

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

Lori S.
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Arum italicum is beautiful.  I've tried to grow it here with no luck at overwintering.  Funny sort of behavior for a plant to generate new leaves just before going into winter!

A short-lived beauty, Braya linearis:

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

Anne Spiegel
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Joined: 2010-01-26

Lori, I think it's not about how often the phloxes will rebloom in one season, it's the fact that they have the ability to do so.  Would that more of my favorites would do this.

Boland
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That Braya is far more attractive than our native endemic Braya fernaldii and B. longii, but ours can be long-lived if grown VERY lean!

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

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