What do you see on your garden walks? 2012

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Lori S.
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Hoy wrote:

Lori wrote:

Lewisia longipetala, emerging:

Not very long leaves, though on that longipetala  ;)

Well, no, not on the mingy little specimens I grow!  ;D  I suspect "longipetala" refers to the petals though; Davidson in his Lewisias refers to them as "narrow, equal" and "starry, not oval", (in describing how it was differentiated from P. pygamaea); see L. longipetala in bloom below:

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

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Lori wrote:

Hoy wrote:

Lori wrote:

Lewisia longipetala, emerging:

Not very long leaves, though on that longipetala  ;)

Well, no, not on the mingy little specimens I grow!  ;D  I suspect "longipetala" refers to the petals though; Davidson in his Lewisias refers to them as "narrow, equal" and "starry, not oval", (in describing how it was differentiated from P. pygamaea); see below:

Yes, i suppose so! Anyway both are very cute. Would like to grow them both ;)

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

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Suddenly the sun broke through the cloud cover and the Anemone blanda and Chionodoxa opened their flowers. All the Scilla and Crocus are done but other small bulbs take over.
I got two pots of Trillium pusillum from a friend last year and one of them are due to flower! They all wait for a place in the garden.

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

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Congrats on some sunshine! I like the pink Anemone- it seems blue and yellow are more common for spring flowers, so pink is welcome :)

How small is the T pusillum?

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

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No photos from me as yet, won't be long though, I hope! Out checking on the garden areas today,the usual suspects are showing signs of life, the ever so hardy sedums, the plain old - plain old varieties, I don't think anything stops them, short of pulling them out. And many of the dianthus, and bergenia, perking up their "ears".  I stopped and checked on the crambe cordifolia I planted last year, wondering if it made it through the winter as it wasn't very large, but I see what looks to be at least a couple of reddish growing points on the exposed crown, naturally I was tempted to poke at them, but at the last minute I found some common sense and left them alone...

Faith S.   Gardening in central Alberta climate, from min. -44 c to max. 36+ C. ( not often! ) Avg. annual precip. ~ 48 cm  Altitude ~ 820 m. Have "frying pan gardens" up around the house, and also some woodland areas down the pa

Lori S.
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Glad to hear of someone else growing Crambe cordifolia around here, Faith - it's a terrific plant!
I have been resisting tugging at things in the rock garden too.

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

Lori S.
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The small bulbs are starting to bloom in greater number now - crocus, chionodoxa, scilla - though no good shows yet. 
A couple of hepatica are starting to bloom today, though my camera didn't the colours correctly.  They are actually more of a deep purple-blue, especially the H. nobilis.
H. nobilis; H. transylvanica:
 

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

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Great Hepaticas, Lori :) Still no garden action here (really curious whether the forecast possible heavy rain- and snow- will speed things along at all, or just make us even soggier - we may be floating by the end..), but I did, to my surprise, see some Petasites in bud in the bush- just emerging from the water, only in one sheltered spot (that I saw, no doubt similar others) with snow still melting into the water just metres away..
more pics here:
http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=591.msg16594#msg16594

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

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cohan wrote:

Congrats on some sunshine! I like the pink Anemone- it seems blue and yellow are more common for spring flowers, so pink is welcome :)

How small is the T pusillum?

Had a couple hours of sun this evening too and the temp reached +12C.

I have planned to plant more of the pink anemone. It looks nice in the lawn.

My flowering T pusillum is 9.5cm tall and the leaves are 3cm long! Have about 10 nonflowering specimens of half that size too. Hopefully they flower next year.

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

Hoy
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Lori, nice to see some hepaticas with flowers! My plants didn't flower much due to wet weather and slugs. Although they let the leaves alone they devour the petals.

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

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