Alpines in May

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Lori S.
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Alpines in May

Members, please join in and show your floral displays or interesting foliage for the month of May!

As it is mostly cloudy today... and as I glance out the window, drizzle and sleet just now! :( ... this may be as open as I'll get to see the flowers on Vitaliana primuliflora var. cinerea today.

Hoy
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I had a Vitaliana for years but a shading shrub put an end to it. Have to try once more - maybe at the roof of my shed!

PS. Here the day has been very sunny but cold with wind straight from the Arctic.

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

Lori S.
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Hmm, great idea to get the maximum use from your property!  I may be planting on the roof soon as well.  ;D

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

Hoy
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The roof with plants. I will eventually plant more.

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

Boland
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That is just too cool!  You must have to water like crazy all summer with so little soil volume.

The Pulsatilla pratensis 'Nigrescens' I grew last year are just about open.

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

RickR
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I have some sprouted Pulsatilla pratensis ssp. nigricans seed collected in Sweden from NARGS.  Is this different from 'Nigrescens'?  They germinated quite easily for a stored pulsatilla seed.

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

Hoy
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Todd wrote:

That is just too cool!  You must have to water like crazy all summer with so little soil volume.

I water in May and early June if necessary, not in the summer. I have lost some plants but try to grow species coping with this regime.

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

Lori S.
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Rick, from googling, I haven't found any association of the genus Pulsatilla with the word 'Nigrescens'... ?

On the topic of violets, how hardy is Viola canina?  I grew a bunch last year, and am waiting for them to emerge (I hope!)

PS  Lovely weather today... It's snowing sideways in gusting winds to 80 km/hour. 

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

Hoy
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Skulski wrote:

On the topic of violets, how hardy is Viola canina?  I grew a bunch last year, and am waiting for them to emerge (I hope!)

PS  Lovely weather today... It's snowing sideways in gusting winds to 80 km/hour.   

Viola canina is very hardy here, growing far north and in sub alpine zone in south as well as in the lowland.
It has snowed in southern Norway too the last couple of days! Not here, we have sun but ice cold air from the arctic barely above 0C and the plants have stagnated.

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

Boland
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Rick, it is indeed var. nigricans.....I have way too many plants and can't keep some of their names straight!

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

RickR
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Todd wrote:

Rick, it is indeed var. nigricans.....I have way too many plants and can't keep some of their names straight!

Thank goodness for computers and spread sheets.  I don't know what I would do without my master list.  It is the reason I first got a PC - to catalog my plants.

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

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