Nice views and plants, Steve- that Ranunculus is quite striking!
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
Have to agree with Cohan, the Mount Cook Lily is magic! But so are a lot of the other NZ plants too :o
Fran, I read somewhere that NZ has more divaricate plants than other countries but it is not clear why as you can find similar climate and soil other places. Divarication is not restricted to one or two genera either but exists in many plant families. Maybe it has something to do with extinct browsing megafauna?
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Hi Trond - I think you are right about the megafauna browsing . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moa . As well as divarication in many genera there is juvenile foliage in others . This juvenile foliage is not as yummy as the mature foliage and generally the juvenile foliage lasts until the species reaches 4-5m and is well clear of moa browsing .
Fran - The broom we have here is a bad weed as Dave has mentioned but I have also seen it in Washington state . It is not as bad a weed there as it is here but may do so given time
Tim - As you have spotted , the Hooker Valley and Mt.Cook lilies have a lot to do with Cook . The mountain - named after Cook , Ranunculus lyallii - named after the ships botanist and the specimens were sent back to Hooker at Kew .I never tire of our scenery , flora or fauna and I feel privileged to call it home .
Cohan - Thanks bud . I think our buttercups have the best flowers of our alpine plants but overrall NZ alpine flowers struggle to compete with the flora from the rest of the world .
Balclutha , New Zealand
Steve, I haven't focussed specifically on the flower power of NZ Alpines, but they are absolutely top notch for cool factor- and while pretty flowers are great, I'd happily grow some very cool plants with just okay flowers :) I doubt many of your alpines are hardy enough for here, though!
Visited the city's feature park ,(Queens Park),this morning .
Near the main entrance, Brachyglottis huntii was in full bloom --a highly aromatic plant ,(like a number of the Genus in NZ ),i was pleased to see a number of youngsters had been planted out as a few of the mature trees are looking a bit scraggly.
It's a great year for the NZ Cabbage Tree ,Cordyline australis ---Flowers emit a strong scent of Jasmine --lovely :-*
My main reason for visiting was in the hope that a number of natives in the Subantarctic Garden would be in bloom.I wasn't disappointed....However i had a short stop on the way,to visit the Tuatara enclosure,where one of inhabitants was out warming his/her self ,(maybe a male because of the defined spines along it's back :-\).
A short walk through the building and out onto the path and a view of the megaherbs.Its' a small garden with a boardwalk through the middle.
A single plant of Bulbinella rossii and a mass of Anisotome lyallii.
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover
Steve showed a pic about a month ago of his Anisotome latifolia's flowering --they are in bloom down here now.
The strong growths of Acaena magellanica. Edit--- Should be Acaena minor antarctica.
Creeping Lobelia angulata.
Stilbocarpa polaris ,(i think i saw one of these at Steve's place last month).
Carex trifida --i often use this when landscaping for clients---it's so tough and i love the dark flowering heads.
The highlight was Myosotis capitata ---a number were showing the effects of what i presume is their dislike of high air temp /high humidity.Stunning plants all the same.
Wasn't too sure on this Aciphylla .. looks like Aciphylla dieffenbachii to me :-\
Hopefully i have identified all the plants correctly . :-\
I also visited the native rock garden where the various mainland Aciphylla's were in bloom and going ballistic .... :o I'll post a few pics of that garden tomorrow.
What a lot of great plants! the trees are very impressive- Cordyline spp here are only houseplants, usually languishing in poorly lit corners or temporary summer bedding/basket plants for a bit of texture...
The Anisotome latifolia with the lilac flowers is great!That is an Aciphylla?? (the maybe dieffenbachii) I had no idea there were species that look like this- I expect them to look more like Yuccas! A quick google showed me there are at least a couple of these softer plants that show their family connection!
Corydalis Cordyline of course! isn't hardy outside here in winter either, however I grow 3 specimens in pots! I would love to have them in the garden all year though! I have never tried Brachyglottis huntii but B 'Sunshine' survives most winters. MY favorites in this great bouquet of pretty plants are Bulbinella rossii and Anisotome latifolia!
Nice Dave . They have a really good native section there . The Aciphylla dieffenbachii is what you think it is . The Acaena maybe A.minor antarctica . Was out at the beach today - 28C and the dog really needed a bath . She had not seen waves before but she is now a surfer dog .
Steve Yip you are correct the Acaena is A.minor antarctica :).I'll make an edit above.
Was hot here too today.