General Alpines


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Seedling Images

Submitted by Peter George on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 10:08

I'm at the point in the late summer when my warm germinators are either growing well or dead, so I'm really curious about what I'm actually growing. Some of the seedlings are obviously 'right,' and some are obviously 'wrong,' but there are several that I'm simply not sure about. So as a start could someone post a few photos of Townsendia parryi seedlings so I can tell whether or not I've finally gotten some germination? Campanula sartoryi would also be one I'd like to see.

Rocks I would like to have!

Submitted by Hoy on Sat, 08/11/2012 - 13:46

When I am out for a hike I often find larger and smaller rocks I would like to have in my rock garden. Unfortunately they are either too large to move, or in National Parks or similar areas.
But I can take pictures!

The Oslo Rift is known for it's special geology. I won't tire you with details (I am no expert either) but some of the rock is Cambro-Silurian limestone, rhomb porphyry lavas and breccias. Especially the eroded limestone would be nice in a rock garden!

Scottish Rock Garden Club has new web address

Submitted by IMYoung on Mon, 07/23/2012 - 09:42

Exciting news .... the SRGC website has a new address :

On the new site you will find access to all the features of the old site and more besides, including the new Jim Archibald Archive - a work in progress which will, we hope, do justice to the work of that great plant hunter. We are grateful to Jenny Archibald and to Jim's friend and archivist, David Stephens, for their help and support in this project.

Planting of a pumice block.

Submitted by Toole on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 04:46

My son and his family visited the volcanic area of the North Island ,(NZ),back at Xmas time and wanting to experiment with planting in a rock block I asked them to keep an eye out for some largish pieces of pumice.

They bought home 3 rocks ,two of them with angular sides ,(from high up on the banks of a stream), while the remaining one was from a lake front ,very smooth and rounded ,showing what I presume was the result of wave activity.

Finally planted up the largest block last weekend and the following pics show the process and some of the cuttings/seedlings used.

Seed Information Request

Submitted by Peter George on Thu, 06/14/2012 - 14:57

I received the following email from someone at The Chicago Botanic Garden:

I'm working on a project right now in which I'm trying to determine if certain plant species are available in the United States. I'm wondering if you or someone in your organization could tell me if the seeds of the following species have been sent to or from the United States. I don't need to know names or numbers, I just need a simple Yes or No as to whether each species has traveled to or from the US.

Yucca harrimaniae

Submitted by Merlin on Sun, 04/15/2012 - 16:13

I am not really familiar with the cultivation of the Yucca but the plants i am growing came from seed from a very compact population of this species. I have been growing the plants in the included picture for about ten years now. my question is how in the heck long does it take for these plants to bloom??? as you can see, they are spreading by offsets but so far not even a hint of flowering. Any enlightenment on this would be appreciated. The largest of the plants in the picture is about the size of a grapefruit.