Alpines - June, 2012

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Hoy
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Tim wrote:

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...

Tim, I don't need the excitement of doing something new to neglect the garden, lazy as I am ;)

I have in fact made some plans and intend to start digging and building later in the summer. I have  a few other smaller projects to finish too.

Your renovating project looks exciting. Please continue documenting the progress!

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

Boland
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Lori, you have jumped ahead of me....13 days of single digit temps will do that!  Finally the wind changed yesterday and the temp reached 24 C.  Back to east winds today for the next 4 days so back to early spring temps :(  I have had the same tulips open for nearly a month!

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

Hoy
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Heavy (welcome though) rain today. Managed to take some pics before the rain started.

An unknown primula (it had an label, obviously wrong) and Ranunculus parnassifolius on the shed roof. In the foreground in the second pic is Anemone trullifolia linearifolia.

 

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

Lori S.
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Linum cariense:

Armeria juniperifolia, planted last year:

Gentiana siphonantha, soon to bloom; grown from seed in 2010; seed from Pavelka (4300m, Anyemaquen Shan, Quinghai, China; densely tufted, narrow leaves to 10cm, dark blue flowers in heads 10-15cm, stoney slopes, 2008 seed):
 

Silene pusilla, in front, with Dianthus glacialis:

Dracocphalum heterophyllum, in front, with Ajania tibetica:

Buds on Telesonix jamesii v. heucheriformis:

Finally, after 4 years, the start of bloom on Genista dephinensis:

Interesting red buds on Silene falcata:

Aethionema glaucescens, again:

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

Lori S.
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More Sedum pilosum weirdness:
 

Bad pics of a promising little Aconitum from Beaver Creek , labelled as Aconitum sp. ex DaXue Shan:
 

Trough with Heuchera hallii:
 

Buds on Edraianthus dalmaticus:

Seeds forming on Rheum rhizostachyum:

Cancrinia tibetica seedling, tightening up in outdoor conditions:

Anthyllis vulneraria coccinea, again:

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

Lori S.
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Some colour in the tufa bed:

Buds on Campanula orphanidea:

Aubrieta canescens:

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

Booker
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Splendid pictures everyone ... (Note to myself) :- I must visit Calgary and Norway asap.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Lori S.
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Well, Cliff, do let me know if you decide to visit!  :)

Updates - Silene bolanthoides:
 

Silene falcata:
 

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

Tim Ingram
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Lori - I keep seeing pictures from your garden, either of plants I have small seedlings of, or that grow in mine but not quite so well! The two silenes are good examples, great plants (especially falcata). I think the other one I have labelled as Bolanthus thymoides from Euroseed (the foliage looks the same). I'm still looking forward to seeing how Lactuca intricata turns out. So nice to see all these plants; our tufa garden beckons!

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.
 

Tim Ingram
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A few things flowering on our sand bed at the moment. The oxalis keeps producing one flower every now and again, but what a colour! Except for the thyme all of these were only planted last autumn and have taken to the conditions well. The Leucogynes is planted on the north side of a large block of tufa, with the hope that it might be a little cooler and moister - I am quite surprised that it has kept looking so good through hot dry spells this spring.

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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