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Mark McD
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IMYoung wrote:

At the risk of fury from my Dionysia-growing friends I must say that Myosotis pulvinaris seems to me to be just the perfect cushion plant.

I can second that motion, except to my eyes, those exquisite M. pulvinaris cushions are more reminiscent of Androsace than Dionysia.

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

Booker
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A link that I hope will be of great interest to a number of you:-

New Zealand orchids

http://www.nativeorchids.co.nz/Gallery_LR.html

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

IMYoung
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McDonough wrote:

IMYoung wrote:

At the risk of fury from my Dionysia-growing friends I must say that Myosotis pulvinaris seems to me to be just the perfect cushion plant.

I can second that motion, except to my eyes, those exquisite M. pulvinaris cushions are more reminiscent of Androsace than Dionysia.

... but the guys who exhibit cushion plants in the UK are most crazy for dionsyias !

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

Steve Newall
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and then you have someone who crossed Myosotis pulvinaris with M.capitata to produce a New Zealand cushion plant with blue flowers . I think she listed it in her catalogue as M. Tiny Tot  but I'm not sure . Might still be around on the Hokonui Alpines website

Balclutha , New Zealand

IMYoung
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Jandals wrote:

and then you have someone who crossed Myosotis pulvinaris with M.capitata to produce a New Zealand cushion plant with blue flowers . I think she listed it in her catalogue as M. Tiny Tot  but I'm not sure . Might still be around on the Hokonui Alpines website

Peter and Louise list :

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MYOSOTIS Hokonui
This unique plant is a hybrid of our own raising and we are very proud of it. It makes a nice tight cushion with a succession of cool to warm lavender stemless flowers over summer and tolerates frosts and summer heat very well. Sun and a gritty soil. H5cm x W20cm.

photo here:
http://users.actrix.co.nz/hokpines/myohok.jpg

Pretty little thing - but not a patch on the white beauty shown by  David L!

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret)

Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK
Zone 8a

www.srgc.net

Mark McD
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Maggi, the photo link to Myosotis 'Hokonui' isn't working. I looked high and low for an alternate image, but it appears to have been pulled from the Hokonui Alpines site.

But I did find the following:
Leslie Cox on SRGC reports "Myosotis 'Hokonui,' a hybrid between M. capitata and M. uniflora, a tiny, yellow-flowered bun-like mat."
(not sure about the "yellow-flowered" part, photo shows blue-flowered plant)
http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=6322.msg174665#msg174665

Thumbnail image:
https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSz0dpmy22WgKoykiG0...

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

Hoy
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Mark, Maggi's link works perfect for me and has done so all the time.

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

Toole
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Catching up on a some recent outings .
A couple of Scottish visitors stayed with us for a few days and one morning we managed to travel a short distance down to the coast .Here’s Jean focusing in on ……..Gentianella saxosa.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

David L
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Mark,

A few comments on NZ Myosotis - We have a lot of undescribed species especially here in the south where each mountain seems to have a least two undescribed species! Perhaps a slight exaggeration but I could post 6 or 7 undescribed species.
However for those who like yellow Myosotis here are two;

Myosotis brevis a tiny annual species with lemon or white flowers and Myosotis uniflora- here we have a cushion within a cushion ( Raoulia)

David Lyttle
Otago Peninsula

Toole
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Late last week  Steve ,Doug and I searched an area up in the Mt Cook region hoping to locate Ranunculus godleyanus.(Doug has posted a few pics of our trip on the SRGC Forum).

My only experience of this plant is when back in 2008 I managed to flower a purchased plant—if memory serves me right it set good seed which promptly germinated .Unfortunately I never looked after the youngsters and I have only one small plant left although I can't be certain as the foliage doesn't seem quite right…….

My pics are as follows …

View of the Hermitage village and surrounding mountains.

Waterfall draining into the main stream .

Initially travel was easy then the route became very narrow and we had to continually ford the stream and scramble over very wet unstable rock faces.

Eventually our progress was blocked by snow so it was time for a stop to admire the view downstream and plan our next movement….and that was to scoot high up a step side gully . .(At this stage I felt I was on a mountaineering expedition rather than a plant hunting trip !!.). :)

Higher up we found on a moist rocky site ,Schizeilema haastii.
Steve interested in Brachyglottis haasti .

Having no luck in finding the Ranunculus we gingerly retraced our tracks with Mr Newall reassuring Doug and I that having gone up the gully we would be able to get down . :-\

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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