Alpines - June, 2012

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Lori S.
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Sounds good, Todd... perhaps I can drag you out on a hike in mid-July?  

Update on Eremostachys speciosa... I've been away since Monday, and have come back to find it in full bloom; it kind of reminds me of Pedicularis, which I always enjoy seeing:
   

Update also on Campanula turczaninovii - it is a very dark, rich purple-blue with a white-furred calyx... the narrow, funnel-shaped flower form is reminiscent of C. uniflora (which I see with much smaller flowers than this in the wild here).  It's 33cm (13") tall, planted in soil that I have mentioned is rather richer than need be perhaps; I suppose it might well be more  compact in the lean, mean condition of my later beds.
   

Edit:  A later photo with the flowers more open...

Update on Androsace albana:

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

tropicalgirl251...
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Todd,Lori nice pictures. It is raining now.Here are some from my garden.

Krish

Saskatoon,SK,Canada
Zone 3a
one of the sunniest cities in Canada.
Temperature range +30C to -38C.
average annual precipitation 347.2mm.

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Very nice, Krish,and well done with the daphne especially!

Aethionema glaucescens:

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

tropicalgirl251...
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Thanks Lori.The Daphne is 3 years old and so far doing well.The weather system from Alberta has moved to Saskatchewan. It is raining all day today too.Hope to get a break on monday.
I went out to take some pictures in the rain.The Dianthus and the penstemon are from NARGS seeds.

Krish

Saskatoon,SK,Canada
Zone 3a
one of the sunniest cities in Canada.
Temperature range +30C to -38C.
average annual precipitation 347.2mm.

tropicalgirl251...
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Joined: 2009-10-08

more pictures

Krish

Saskatoon,SK,Canada
Zone 3a
one of the sunniest cities in Canada.
Temperature range +30C to -38C.
average annual precipitation 347.2mm.

Lori S.
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-10-27

Sedum pilosum, forming weird shapes as the flower stems elongate:

First blooms on Campanula bessenginica, from last year:
 

Lesquerella arizonica:

Campanula saxifraga, starting to bloom:

Myosotis decumbens, with the flower stems at about max length:

First flowers on Salvia cryptantha, from last year; nothing to write home about at present, but assuming it lives long and prospers...
 

Dianthus sp. and Alyssum spinosum (and Penstemon x 'Pink Holly', not yet in bloom):

Hieracium villosum:

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

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Looks like your Sedum pilosum is almost going to bloom itself out.  Going to be a very nice display. 8)

The Hieracium villosum that I kept in pots look a lot more like yours, Lori.  The pics I've been showing is in a hot and dry garden.  

Myosotis decumbens from your seed is coming along...

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

RickR wrote:

Looks like your Sedum pilosum is almost going to bloom itself out.  

Yes, they're biennials, darn it.  The one rosette that will not bloom may be another seedling, not sure.

RickR wrote:

The Hieracium villosum that I kept in pots look a lot more like yours, Lori.  The pics I've been showing is in a hot and dry garden.  

My plants are all out in regular soil, full sun.  
Good news on the Myosotis decumbens seeds!

Silene bolanthoides - not as cute as last year (http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=274.msg9910#msg9910); it seems the flowers are smaller for some reason (the plant is larger as well).  I seem to be missing the fresh blooms - luckily, there are quite a few more to come.

Asperula boissieri, with some damage from what was a strangely-destructive winter in my garden:

Well, at least this survived last year's September planting frenzy - Anthyllis vulneraria coccinea:
 

The outsized bells of Campanula alpestris:
 

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

Hoy
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Joined: 2009-12-15

I'm still just thinking of a new bed for rock plants but your posts Lori and Krish make me look forward to the necessary digging and stoneworking ;D

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

Tim Ingram
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You should definitely do so Trond! This is a picture of the first alpine bed I made, probably 25 years ago. It was great for 10 or 15 years and then got overgrown and weedy as the nursery took precedance. At last I am starting to renovate it, the idea being to use tufa and rocks around the edge and infill with gritty sand (as suggested by David Sellars). The narrow strip down the front, filled with sand, should hold more moisture, and I hope will be suitable for a slightly different range of plants. In the gravel at the back I aim to put small Mediterranean shrubs like phlomis (have some nice ones germinating from Euroseeds). The trouble is with the excitement of doing something new here, the rest of the garden begins to grow away alarmingly...

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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