Beautiful, Jim! Your alpine beds look very natural, a lot like the alpine ridges we hike in summer.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
Lactuca intricata doesn't look like salad anymore... and it looks like it will bloom in its first year from seed. At least I will get to see flowers even if it doesn't winter over!
Saponaria pumilo has a very long bloom season - terrific plant...
Allium albidum ssp. caucasicum is starting to open:http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/RhizomatousAlliums
Cheiranthus roseus is a repeat bloomer (and not seemingly monocarpic, as was expected) - something (flea beetles??) attacked the leaves early this season, so it has not been very photogenic, however.
Some odd repeat bloom too on Phlox hendersonii:
And one obviously does not grow this one for its flower power ;)... Bolanthus thymoides:
Lori- The Lactuca is very cute- hope it overwinters! Do you find much variation in the Agoseris you see in the wild? seems quite a bit of variation in flowers on google, but those could be far apart--some more like Dandelions, some more like Zinnias or something... I think I saw one of the Agoseris once, and quite liked it...
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
Full view, close-up in image of the day; First flowering for Waldheimia tomentosa; from Holubec seed, 2010, but only planted in the rock garden last fall; I was disappointed the flower is white, hoping for pink as in the photo from habitat on Holubec's site, but its still very cute :) hoping for seed, as this is my only plant, makes me a little nervous! Still small, only maybe 3inches/7cm across; this in the 'no-name Semp bed, right in front of the house.
And also still small and planted out last fall, Potentilla nitida also from Czech seed, though I'd have to check to see which vendor; I have several of these in a couple of beds, and a few more yet to plant out, some variation of whitish leaves like this one, or greener; wonder if flowers will vary? hopefully I will find out next year.. they seem to be growing well.
I like the white form, Cohan ;) I have never tried Waldheimia nor P nitida. Maybe I should!
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Thanks, Trond :) I like white daisies well enough, but they seem more common, always prefer another colour for daisies, although I still want a white dandelion..lolP nitida is one I have admired in photos from our Dolomitic friends, and again, pink seems a more exciting colour for Potentilla than usual yellow or white ;D as lovely as those can be! So far it seems easy enough, though Todd mentioned it doesn't do well for him, not sure what the differences would be, possibly moisture, though it has been quite wet here since I've been growing them, and I have them in more or less clay with gravel, but raised, sloped plantings for drainage.. If they continue to survive it will probably be mostly in spite of me, not because of me...lol
Your alpines are looking good, Cohan! Dang, I wish I'd grown Potentilla nitida instead of Potentilla divina... it certainly appears to be the showier of the two re. flowers, from the few pictures I can find of the latter. Oh well, I'm still waiting for it to bloom anyway (from seed in 2010), so I guess I'll see someday.
Here's a slightly confused Pulsatilla vulgaris 'Pearl Bells', bought this year - nice to see it bloom though, no matter how unseasonally:
Cotula hispida, a tufty South African plant with tiny yellow button flowers - an experiment:
Acantholimon kotschyi ssp. laxispicatum - a couple more plants, grown from seed in 2010, are coming into bloom this year. However, the one that bloomed last year was dead this spring, so it will be interesting to see what these do.
Marrubium lutescens, from seed this past winter, is looking cuddly, as is Pyrethrum leontopodium (purchased):
Plantago urvillei, from seed this past winter, in bloom:
Jurinea cadmea is attractive in seed as well as in flower:
Oxytropis megalantha blooms all season through, though not spectacularly:
It's strange what one comes across sometimes... Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Lily Jean', which I expect stands very little chance of wintering over (no kidding, right? :rolleyes:), but as I have no interest in keeping it indoors, I guess it'll fall into the category of slim-chance experimentation... strange, ratty-looking flowers, which are supposed to be double, but are mostly rather disorganized-looking.
Along with the Rhodohypoxis, I was also surprised to find a few dwarf trees at one of the local nurseries - Thuja occidentalis 'Teddy' and Juniperus communis 'Gold Cone':
Heterotheca jonesii has been blooming for some time:
Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears':
Campanula hercegovina 'Nana':
Lori- was Potentilla divina the Russian species? I think I was wavering between the two, thinking the Russian might be hardier, but made the final decision based on which seed order needed filling out..lol
So many lovelies there- love the Pyrethrum, Jurinea is cool too- I've looked at some of these on the seedlists, but didn't get that far yet.. what colour flowers did this one have?
Good luck with Cotula- there is another species or two commonly grown, right? Can't remember if they are hardy or just bedding plants..The Rhodohypoxis is cute, I like the fuzzy leaves! I have babies of various SA bulbs, but they will all live indoors full time..
Eclectic selection Lori. As far as the Rhodohypoxis is concerned your slim-chance experimentation will be exactly that I fear!
in Devon, UK Zone 9b