What do you see on your garden walks? 2012

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cohan
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Love the Draba, Lori!
The stone behind the Gentiana looked like running water in the thumbnail, and I thought OMG, your run-off is even worse than mine, I just have trickles! lol Of course I'd love to have a real stream in the garden.....

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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You definitly grow some gems, all of you!

I went for a walk today visiting some of the wild populations of Hepatica nobilis on the island where I have my summerhouse. The usual blue form dominate in all populations except two. One consists almost completely of red (pink Lori?) flowered specimens and in the other 30-40% are red (and a few white). However, you can find red ones here and there other places too.

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

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Hoy wrote:

You definitly grow some gems, all of you!

I went for a walk today visiting some of the wild populations of Hepatica nobilis on the island where I have my summerhouse. The usual blue form dominate in all populations except two. One consists almost completely of red (pink Lori?) flowered specimens and in the other 30-40% are red (and a few white). However, you can find red ones here and there other places too.

These are great, Trond- love the deep colours and pinks are very nice!

I just saw the first bulb emerging (apart from Cory I saw already a couple of days ago)! Probably a crocus... so far the first and only of the bulbs I planted last fall...lol

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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RickR wrote:

Nice to see things really gaining steam now, Lori.  There was that many stems on F. palliflora last season?  Do you expect more sprouts still to emerge?

It looks like the same number of stems as last year - 2; more would be nice though, if that's what happens!  It's funny that I didn't even plant any F. pallidiflora out there... the bulbs may have been in the roots of a perennial that I moved.  If the bulbs had been mixed in with other bulbs being planted, you'd think we would have noticed (from the skunky smell, if not from the different appearance.)  The woody stems immediately behind the green shoots are some larger perennial that will emerge later.

Wow, just beautiful, Trond!  If I had hepatica like that in my woods (if I had woods  :rolleyes:), I don't think I'd even bother growing them in the yard!

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

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Lori wrote:

Wow, just beautiful, Trond!  If I had hepatica like that in my woods (if I had woods  :rolleyes:), I don't think I'd even bother growing them in the yard!

We have no formal yard or garden at our summerhouse but plant a lot of different plants to substitute those that the deer, hares, rodents and sheep devour ;)
It isn't our wood but belongs to the two closest neighbours 500m away. Actually we have some Hepaticas on our property too but they were done for the season.

Here are some examples of what we have planted:

The spent Christmas Hyacinth bulbs flower well for many more years in the field. A Draba which suddenly appeared out of nowhere and an overwintered Delosperma in the "rock garden".

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

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Nice rock garden vignette, Trond! Besides the Delo, and Semp off to the right, what is at the left with small reddish rosettes- Rosularia? and what are the variegated grassy leaves?

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Lori S.
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I agree - very attractive and colourful!  Are the striped leaves crocuses?

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

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More assorted crocuses:
   

Adonis vernalis emerging:

The first waterlily blooms of the season in the greenhouse, Nymphaea 'Helvola':

And with a sunny day warming the soil yesterday, I killed the first lily beetle.  :P

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

Tim Ingram
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Several woodland species coming into their own at the moment:-

The Doronicum (caucasicum?) is always a nice surprise early in the season, and here is planted with cyclamen and Corydalis temulifolia 'Chocolate Stars'.

Nearby is another good combination, Tiarella cordifolia and Primula 'Strong Bear' (curious name for a very good deep blue double).

The finest wood anemone in the garden, A. nemorosa 'Allenii'. This is only just beginning to flower and has very large, beautifully soft-blue flowers, though perhaps not best placed under a magnolia that has just finished flowering!

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.
 

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Lori-- lots of nice crocuses! sorry about the lily beetle :(
Several weeks after the winter snow melted from the bed (much of which was quite cool with frequent snow) I finally have a few noses poking (barely) above ground- Crocus and Galanthus, I think.. there was only one yesterday, but a few more today, and with next couple days around 20C, should finally see some progress!
The bad news- looks like maybe vole damage in my older spring bed that has Pulsatilla vulgaris a few bulbs, Muscari etc  too soon to say what they have damaged, hopefully not too much....

Tim, more nice plant combinations! That is a nice A nemorosa :)

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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