General Alpines


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Alpines in June

Submitted by Lori S. on Fri, 06/14/2013 - 19:41

Well, I guess I'll test out the new site with a couple of pictures of alpines blooming now:

Asperula boissieri and Patrinia sibirica:

How often does one see brown flowers?  Mathiola anchonifolium:

Ranunculus andersonii revisited (depending on info I can get from this forum)

Submitted by Mikkelsen on Mon, 04/01/2013 - 15:54

On March 28, I posted a photo of Ranunculus andersonii in peak flowering form. However, there were many other plants in flower that were beyond their peak flowering such as the one in the attached photograph. Our weather will be in the low to mid 60s for a few weeks with intermittent rain.

Prague Conference 5/13

Submitted by Shepard on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 09:57

Does anyone have knowledge on how to bring plants back into USA from Europe (Czech Republic)? I just got notice that they will arrange shipping, and I just assumed it was NOT allowed. Any help is appreciated, ie permit-how to declare, bare-root etc, which plants would hold up better (I was hoping to bring saxes)? Thank you.

Happy for some Spring weather! An ivory with blue shades Pulsatilla patens!

Submitted by Mikkelsen on Fri, 03/15/2013 - 01:34

We brought this beauty in the house just before the weatherman said we were going to have a warm spell. When placed in the kitchen window and soaked up some warm sun (as opposed to "cosmetic" cold photons), she really took off and flowered within 10 days! And when the flowers were fully displayed, it was a thrill to see that she's ivory petaled with light blue bracts! Not the typical colors we get from the more commercial greenhouses here.

Growing medium for a crevice garden

Submitted by Novak on Sun, 03/10/2013 - 09:27

I'm looking for input on the planting medium to use in a crevice-y tufa garden. In my readings, I've found very different recommendations on soil mixes to use.

I'm starting with a berm, and the tufa form a ridge in the middle. I'm going to try to place the tufa pieces tight together, though given their irregular shape, the crevices between them will be fairly wide. My climate is relatively warm and humid (mid-Atlantic).