What do you see on your garden walks? 2012

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Hoy
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cohan wrote:

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?

Thanks, Cohan ;)
The variegated grassy leaves are some Crocus as Lori suggests and the rosettes are Rosularia sedoides:

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

Hoy
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Lori, I tried once to grow waterlilies but didn't make it as the container was to small. How big are yours?

I have dreamt of growing such magnificent plants ever since I saw my first "nøkkerose" as a little kid.

Both in Norway and Sweden grow the red-flowered waterlily wild in several lakes and tarns:

From this site: http://friluftsrad.iis01.daldata.net/dalane/default.asp?WCI=ViewNews&WCE...

Trond
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Thanks, Trond- nice Rosularia! I did think after I typed that they could be Crocus.. mine are about 1cm tall so far....lol

Nice waterlily.. we have a wild one around here  too, its yellow.. I don't see it much though,(and not close) since it is in quite inaccessible places here- in (presumably) deep water preceded by sometimes large areas of slough/bog, water, mud etc.. best chance is if a road or trail cuts through those areas and gets you nearer to the deep water..

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Tim Ingram
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That somehow seems quite a surprise to see waterlilies like that; I've only seen them in gardens. Interesting website with fine scenery - what are the rock drawings that are shown?

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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Tim wrote:

That somehow seems quite a surprise to see waterlilies like that; I've only seen them in gardens. Interesting website with fine scenery - what are the rock drawings that are shown?

The rock drawings are possibly depicted boats (and a foot print) with people on board from the bronze age - about 3000-4000 years ago.

http://www.fornminner.no/AmS/08-bo-i-sokndal/bo-i%20sokndal.htm

Trond
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The other place isn't very far in distance from where I live but I've never walked there (have to take a ferry and drive for a couple of hours  ;)

I had a nice walk on another island when I was at my summerhouse yesterday (I drove home in the evening). Had to take my small boat though to get there but the weather was calm and sunny.

At the beach the very common scurvy-grass (Cochlearia officinalis) was in full flower. However, as I don't have scurvy I didn't eat any ;) Here and there the wild gooseberry (Ribes uva-crispa) also bloomed.

   

However my camera is damaged and it is difficult to take pictures - they're not sharp always.

   

The common windflower covers the floor of the deciduous woods. Here and there some other plants find footholds like the yellow star of Bethlehem (Gagea lutea, in Norw "gullstjerne" = gold star) and cowslip (Primula veris). Later the cowslip will dominate in more open situations.

Trond
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Hoy
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I was early and the flowers still hang down waiting for the chill night air to warm up and the night haze to disappear.

     

Most of the plants have white flowers but quite a few have some pink in them particularly on the reverse of the sepals. Some get darker as they get older. Some of the flowers are quite large too.

   

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

Lina Hesseling
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Hoy, this is so lovely to see!
I would like to take a walk there.

Thank you for taking us with you.

Lina.

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Beautiful pictures Hoy. The morninglight through the leaves in the wood, perfectly catched in your (damaged) camera.

Lori S.
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cohan wrote:

Nice waterlily.. we have a wild one around here  too, its yellow.. I don't see it much though,(and not close) since it is in quite inaccessible places here- in (presumably) deep water preceded by sometimes large areas of slough/bog, water, mud etc.. best chance is if a road or trail cuts through those areas and gets you nearer to the deep water..

That would be spatterdock, Nuphar variegatum.  There is a true water lily also, Nymphaea tetragona, which has white flowers, but I've yet to see it!

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

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