Hi Lori,The darker pink is just another colour form of Silene acaulis and the cream-yellow is a Saxifraga (probably) caesia.
Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!
I like Saxifragas and other small rock garden plants very much, unfortunately I can't grow many of them in my maritime climate. I can neither grow these plants,but I dreamt of when I saw them!
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Cliff that image in the Dolomites is stunning. Trond, your Kenyan (?) image is otherworldly!
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
1800 mm precipitation per year
Many thanks Todd - hopefully you might enjoy a few more images from these magnificent mountains on 5th May? :D
Armeria maritima alpina
I haven't been to the Dolomites but I am dreaming of trek there some time.And Todd, I forgot to say it is from Mt Kenya, Kenya. I have never been so cold as when lying in a wet sleeping-bag high up in the mountain under the equatorial stars waiting for starting to walk early in the morning! But the vistas and the otherworldly (yes, exactly the right word!) plants made up for cold nights. (I am used to sleep outside in the winter here in Norway, but my sleeping-bag got soaking wet and took time to dry.)
Image for today: Anemone narcissiflora in Maritime Alps - maybe it is not my favourite plant but in nature it looks fabulous in high alpine meadows - photo taken on 2000m on limestone ridge. It takes me back there to warm summer in our black-and-white too long winter. :)
What a beautiful sight, Michal! Thanks for posting it.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
This Gladiolus we found growing in almost pure volcanic rock a few places on Mt Kenya. Don't know the species. Anybody who has suggestions?
I love all these Kenyans! I don't have a copy of Goldblatt's Glads north of S Africa, but I have a hunch this would be in there: what a wonderful color! Sunbird pollinated, I suspect.
My image is closer to home: Paeonia cambessedessii blooming with Gentiana acaulis in my home rock garden. This plant is my pride and joy: obtained five or six years ago from Arrowhead Alpines: it flowers so early that the flowers last for several weeks. It's a little bit too big for a classic rock garden, perhaps. But I am really bad at rules.
I always arrange a little party at my house when these are in bloom...it's fun to hear the little yelps as people walk around the bend and see these...
For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.
Panayoti, you're killing me with that peony!