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RickR
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It seems I will have lots of seed from the H. purpurascens, Todd, although I couldn't be sure what the parentage would be as it was open pollinated.  My other plant of same did not bloom, and I have two other hellebores: Ivory Prince and Royal Heritage, that can (apparently) easily hybridize.  They are only about 15 ft. away.  I am quite happy with the abundance of bees this spring.  I just love going into the garden and hearing the buzzing.

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

RickR
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My Pulsatilla turczaninovii are already past prime, and I don't think I could top last year's photos anyway.  My abreviated springs are even shorter this year.  Besides the photo posted in the Wiki photo gallery, here's a couple more.

The first is a rather young plant, while the second shows the more mature form.

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

Mark McD
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RickR wrote:

My Pulsatilla turczaninovii are already past prime, and I don't think I could top last year's photos anyway.  My abreviated springs are even shorter this year.  Besides the photo posted in the Wiki photo gallery, here's a couple more.

The first is a rather young plant, while the second shows the more mature form.

Note to myself; add Pulsatilla turczaninovii to the must have list ;D  In bloom, with the long nodding stems and flared tubular flowers, the plant almost looks like a fine clematis; very nice.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Boland
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Not an alpine by any means but thought I'd share my Viburnum X bodnantense bloom..this shrub is now 8 feet and the flowers are super fragrant.  Most books rate this one as zone 7 but I have never had any issues with hardiness.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

RickR
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Nice, Todd.  Is it as fragrant as it looks?

P. turczaninovii from this year.

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

Hoy
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Rick, do you know if all P. turczaninovii have that blue color? It is amazing!
I have seen white Pulsatillas, red and a kind of blue, but never that special tint.

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

RickR
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Hoy wrote:

Rick, do you know if all P. turczaninovii have that blue color? It is amazing!
I have seen white Pulsatillas, red and a kind of blue, but never that special tint.

I can't say.  The seed I received and grew came from the NARGS seed exchange.  I grew five plants to flowering before I donated some to our Chapter plant sale, and all had similar color.  That last pic is actual not the bluest of the lot, and has a bit more gray in it.  The flower color tends to change somewhat depending on the light that engulfs it.  They are "bluest" on overcast days and in the late evening.

I always donate this seed to the NARGS seed exchange.  Being a Pulsatilla, there is always lots of seed if I let it go.  Fresh seed germinates easily.  If you (or anyone) would like some, send me a note.

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

Boland
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Rick, that Pulsatilla is stunning!  Mine is not showing any buds this year  :'(

Yes, Viburnum X bodnantense is highly fragrant.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Mark McD
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Too sweet one next to each other ;D

Iris suaveolens and Daphne 'Fritz Kummert'.  The Iris flowers got "whacked" by a hard freeze two nights ago.

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

RickR
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Podophyllum hexandrum

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

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