Beautiful plants in the Dolomites

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RickR
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Can my eyes get sick from "eating" so much candy?  Maybe I'd better stop...

Well that's just silly, and it's impossible for me to stop anyway!

Trond, somehow I missed that thread of yours.  Thanks.

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

Anne Spiegel
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Absolutely the last post - time for Cliff to get started!  We always head to bare spots in a meadow (used to do this in Colorado too), because they are usually colonized by a few plants not growing elsewhere in the meadows.  The "soil" here is amazing.  It looks like a very fine clay that forms a crust and then cracks.  The surface is so hard a hiking stick doesn't penetrate.  It's like cement.  When wet, it accumulates on your boots until you feel three inches taller and twenty pounds heavier.  But it can apparently be hospitable to certain plants.  This patch in the photos had only a few species and prominent among them were Ranunculus seguieri and Oxytropis jacquinii.

IMYoung
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Skulski wrote:

Wow, I love the Potentilla nitida and the Oxytropis, especially.  I started the former from seed this year - would that it could ever reach the glory of those in your photos!

The Potentilla is one of my favourite plants in our raised beds and these photos of it "doing its thing" to such glorious effect in the wild is a real joy.
I wish you happiness with your seedlings, Lori, which I am sure you will enjoy.... because these pplants can be longlived.

I  would advise you, when planting out in  a permanent position, to put them somewhere where they can have a VERY DEEP root-run. They have a long taproot that can easily go down three feet and more in my garden!
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Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

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Lori S.
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That is very helpful to know, and very encouraging, Maggi - thanks!

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

Booker
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Anne has invited me to post some images from our recent 'tour of duty' in Corvara in the Dolomites, which began shortly after her own two week visit came to an end.  I will begin by posting some general scenes from this incredible part of Northern Italy and will continue (as time and tide allow) with plant portraits, views, wildlife and even a few 'arty' shots that I hope you will enjoy.

CENTAUREA SCENE
DISTANT PEAKS
CAMPANULA SCENE
FALZAREGO TRAIL
GERANIUM SCENE
NUVALAO TRAIL
ORCHID MEADOW
PEDICULARIS SCENE
PHYTEUMA SCENE
POTENTILLA NITIDA RUBRA

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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Absolutely breathtaking photos, Cliff - each is a perfect scene!  Thank you so much for playing tag-team with Anne to continue this wonderful thread!

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

Anne Spiegel
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Great shots, Cliff, as I knew they would be.  The picture of the Falzarego trail shows a large boulder in the right foreground.  It's exactly the type place where I found Androsace hausmanii this year.  The only other time I saw it was years ago in a similar bouder setting.  You can see all the crevices and that's apparently what it likes.  Please keep the images coming.

Booker
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Thanks folks ... a few more this morning ...

ACONITUMS et al
ACROSS PORDOI PASS
CAMPANULA CLOSE-UP
CAMPANULA GLOMERATA SCENE
CAMPANULA MORETTIANA PALE FORM CLOSE-UP
CAMPANULA MORETTIANA VERY PALE FORM
CARLINA ACAULIS ssp. ACAULIS
CLIFFS AND SCREE
CLIFFS AT VALLUNGA
MISTS DESCENDING

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

Booker
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Another selection ...

FLOWERING MATS
FOLIAGE SNAPSHOT
STAND OF GYMNADENIA
INCREDIBLE VIEW
LEONTOPODIUM ALPINUM EMERGING FROM CREVICE
LEONTOPODIUM SCENE - QUITE PLEASED WITH THIS ONE!
LILIUM BULBIFERUM
LILIUM BULBIFERUM CLOSE-UP
LILIUM MARTAGON
MAUSOLEUM SETTING

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

Mark McD
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Cliff, the photos are spectacular, as are the views, almost surreal in their vastness is some cases.  In the photo of "flowering mats", what is the pink flowering plants that compose those mats?  And do I spy a bright pink allium or two in that view?

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

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