What do you see on your garden walks? 2012

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Lori S.
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I looked for the leaves of Erythronium dens-canis several times on the weekend and saw nothing... today, I come home and not only are the leaves up but this one's in bloom!  :o   (Sheesh, am I that unobservant?!?)

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

cohan
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They look cool at that stage, Rick! I like the plant, makes me think of mini Petasites...

Lori- just missed it, or were they that fast in the warm weather? Seems too fast, though...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/

Hoy
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I am still only dreaming of growing cacti in the open garden! Or to be more precise, I have planted 2-3 different taxa (just one pad of each) outside at my summerhouse now ;) - but they still have to face a winter there before I can relax a little.

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

Anne Spiegel
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Our much needed rain blasted the flowers on Paeonia tenuifolia before I got around to photgraphing it but Paeonia mlokosewitschii made it through OK.  This has the added attraction of fire-red seed heads in the fall.  You can see them from quite a distance.

Tim Ingram
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Charles - really interesting that you grow those cacti in such deep sand and are also trying astragalus and oxytropis. So far I haven't done too well with these but would love to grow more of them successfully. I think Anne also mentioned that her sand beds were very deep. Probably I haven't made them on a big enough scale. The Veronica (bombycina?) is a super plant.

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.
 

externmed
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Spiegel wrote:

but Paeonia mlokosewitschii made it through OK.  This has the added attraction of fire-red seed heads in the fall. 

Wonderful specimen in great form. Hopefully it exceeds it's reputation of flowering for a week and looking at it's best for 4 hours.
....but then, how many other cherished plants might deserve that reputation?

Charles MA USA

NE Massachusetts (New England) USA  zone 6 (5B to 6B)

gardens visited, photographs:  www.flickr.com/photos/wildmeadow

Anne Spiegel
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I think quite a few plants deserve that reputation but not this one.  It blooms two weeks or longer with new buds opening all the time.  The big deal is that the foliage survives a heavy rain, unlike Paeonia tenuifolia, which really is fleeting unless the weather is perfectly to its liking.

Boland
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Stunning peony Anne!

You are almost caught up to me Lori....my E. dens-canis is almost past.

Erythronium sibericum is my favourite species...I grew this from seed.  Only one germinated and it is not spreading yet.  I hope it does!

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

Anne Spiegel
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Todd, that's a beauty.  Hope it spreads soon.

Hoy
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Seems you all soon are ahead of me :-\ Although the weather hasn't been too bad it has been very cool and almost a standstill for plants. No Erythronium,  peony or Trillium have opened yet although they have been ready for weeks.
I don't need rain, I need sun and warm weather!

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

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