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Hoy
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The primulas are coming now!This one, a P denticulata lookalike (I think it is from one of Chadwell's allocations) has a lot of farina on the early buds. The flowers open early down between the leaves but the scape elongates soon.

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

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Hoy wrote:

The primulas are coming now!This one, a P denticulata lookalike (I think it is from one of Chadwell's allocations) has a lot of farina on the early buds. The flowers open early down between the leaves but the scape elongates soon.

Super cool Trond! Mine are still a few weeks away from bloom, but with temps going up into the 50'sf all week perhaps I'll see flowers much sooner! :D

Amy Olmsted Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

Hoy
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AmyO wrote:

Hoy wrote:

The primulas are coming now!This one, a P denticulata lookalike (I think it is from one of Chadwell's allocations) has a lot of farina on the early buds. The flowers open early down between the leaves but the scape elongates soon.

Super cool Trond! Mine are still a few weeks away from bloom, but with temps going up into the 50'sf all week perhaps I'll see flowers much sooner! :D

Thanks Amy ;)Here the temp stays in the lower 40's F so everything develop rather slowly except the slugs. I've already sent quite a few to their eternal greenery.

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

Mark McD
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Epigaea repens (mayflower) is already budded, it'll be interesting to see if the flowers will open in March if we continue to get unseasonably warm weather, or hold off until April (which is still early for a mayflower).  Photos taken today, March 17, 2012.

This is a colony growing on a wooded roadcut just a couple minute walk from my house.  Observing the colony, there are obvious patches of variable forms, in the first photo you can see a lighter green leaved type on the left, and a darker green leaved form on the right. The photo on the right gives a view of the steep roadcut covered in mayflower.

On the left is a strong healthy looking form with large rounded dark green leaves.  On the right is a particularly small leaved form, of a lighter green color, and with congested more leafy growth.  The flowers are mostly very pale pink in this colony.

Are there any named selections of mayflower? I see photos of some strong pink color forms, but I don't know of any named selections.  Has anyone grown this plant from cuttings, if so, any suggestions?

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

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Cool to see, Mark, this is one I'd like to establish- I have some unsown seeds..  :-[

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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McDonough wrote:

Epigaea repens (mayflower) is already budded, it'll be interesting to see if the flowers will open in March if we continue to get unseasonably warm weather, or hold off until April (which is still early for a mayflower).  Photos taken today, March 17, 2012.

This is a colony growing on a wooded roadcut just a couple minute walk from my house.  Observing the colony, there are obvious patches of variable forms, in the first photo you can see a lighter green leaved type on the left, and a darker green leaved form on the right. The photo on the right gives a view of the steep roadcut covered in mayflower.

On the left is a strong healthy looking form with large rounded dark green leaves.  On the right is a particularly small leaved form, of a lighter green color, and with congested more leafy growth.  The flowers are mostly very pale pink in this colony.

Are there any named selections of mayflower? I see photos of some strong pink color forms, but I don't know of any named selections.  Has anyone grown this plant from cuttings, if so, any suggestions?

Very nice to see, Mark. And almost impossible to find over here. I've sown it three times now and killed them two times when transplanting. Now I have a third batch of three year old seedlings. I planted them out this spring without disturbing their roots... I just dug a hole in the shape of the seedbox and put it in like that....

Wim BoensWingene Belgium zone 8a
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Mark, Dean Evans of the Berkshire chapter has successfully propagated this species from cuttings.  One plant he gave me years ago still survives in my old Averill Park garden.

Harold Peachey USDA Z5, Lamoine, ME

Hoy
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I've wanted to grow mayflowerfrom the first time I saw a picture of it! As Wim says it is next to impossible to buy here and I have never had any luck with seed :(Maybe I should try cuttings if anybody have some to spare . . . .

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RickR
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Lis wrote:

It must depend on getting the cuttings at the right time.

Michael Dirr says in his propagation book that August into September (I assume in Georgia) is the best time to take cuttings of Trailing Arbutus.  ("Mayflowers" denote Thalictrum thalictroides were I live.)  Untreated in sand/peat mix gave 94% rooting in 5 weeks.  Cuttings include part of last season's growth.  October cutting rooted at 50%.

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

Hoy
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I prefere cuttings to tiny seeds :-\ ;)

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