We will look after them Cliff . Just tried ringing Dave but couldn't contact him . Last I heard he was on the improve and should be right for this weekend . I am going to miss Harry's opening lecture tomorrow night but I saw it on his computer and it was very impressive . I'm going to post the Gertrude Saddle pictures now and Mt.Burns tomorrow .
Morning tea break part way up the hill . Dave did very well to make it this far but had to turn back from here
Ranunculus buchananii x sericophyllus . I have seen the lemon coloured version before but this is the first cream coloured hybrid I have seen
Balclutha , New Zealand
Raoulia grandiflora growing in R.buchananii
Dolichoglottis lyalli x scorzonerioides
Body is still a bit sore --bad burn on the inside of the right calf where my leg lay against the motorbike's exhaust ,(I was wearing shorts :-[)--some damage to the inside of the left knee that was trapped under the bike.Slowly coming right.Thanks for asking.
Mark -- NZ Gentian were reclassified as Gentianella.I'm not sure when.
As an aside I'll show a photo or two of the new alpine book 'Above the Tree Line ' which has just been published when i get time next week --it's a beauty :-* ,as I'm away early tomorrow to travel all day up to Christchurch to attend the NZAGS Discussion Weekend.
Hoy ,Cohan I have a friend registering on the Forum in the next day or two.He has successfully raised Melicytus from seed ,(I've never bothered ), so he will be able to answer your questions. He also gets around in the hills down here so hopefully he'll show pics as well. :D
Now just going to view Steve's photo's and see what i missed :'( :'( :'(
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover
Magnificent photos, Steve ... you always find such stunning drool-inducing buttercups. (By the way, did the book arrive safe and sound)?
Glad to hear you are on the mend, Dave ... enjoy the study weekend and give our kindest regards to all our assembled buddies please.
Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!
Steve- great stuff- love the two Raoulias- such awesome foliage- how big would that view be?Cool to see the fern standing proudly in the sun too.
Dave- good to hear you are getting better...
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
Book arrived today Cliff . Thanks heaps . Yours is in the return post .Sunday was a trip up Mt.Burns in beautiful weather . I think all of New Zealand has been enjoying sunny , settled weather for a week now . In fact the Southland Times had a front page headline about the 7 days ( at least ) of fine weather forecast so everyone has been getting a little excited . I reckon it's all down to Murphy's Law - school goes back and the sun comes out .
Aciphylla crosby-smithii . Although it is a good flowering year for all the Aciphylla species I've seen , we only saw 2 plants of this species flowering
Hi Cohan - as you have correctly guessed the Raoulia grandiflora is on a small plant . Leaves are about half and inch across .
The last pictures are the buttercups , which were the main reason for going to Mt.Burns and the timing was perfect
and Ranunculus buchananii
Great photos! I've been growing more interested in the genus Hebe (it would have to happen now that I'm in Nova Scotia, and not southwestern British Columbia!). Two plants have been growing quite well in the garden, though this winter will really put them to the test: Hebe odora (syn Hebe buxifolia), and Hebe pinguifolia var. pagei, have been in the ground for a couple of years now, and both bloomed for the first time last summer. Fondly remember Hebe 'Amy', H. 'Quicksilver', and some of the other whipcord form plants from my days out west. Would love to test a few of the whipcord species here, but have no idea which ones to hunt for (almost none are available in the local nursery trade). Any suggestions of plants to try for cold tolerance would be welcome.
Southwest Nova Scotia, zone 6b or thereabouts
Thanks, Steve.More great foliage- C coriacea is interesting- is it as stiff as it looks?
Glorious buttercups yet again ... many thanks, Steve. Glad the book arrived safely and many thanks for sending the other. Speak soon no doubt? Enjoy the Study Weekend.