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Rock and Alpine Gardening: Alpines (and wannabes) in August

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 1, 2009
8:37 PM

Post #6894713

Not too much blooming now, except Campanula, but Gentians are starting and a few other odds and ends. Here is G. cruciata..or maybe dahurica..these mid-summer gentians can be confusing.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 1, 2009
8:38 PM

Post #6894719

Campanula tatra...I expect this is a form of rotundifolia.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 1, 2009
8:39 PM

Post #6894723

Daphne Lawrence Crocker is having its mid-summer flush

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 1, 2009
8:39 PM

Post #6894727

First bloom is open on Cyclamen purpurascens

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 1, 2009
8:40 PM

Post #6894729

The last primroses of the season..this is P. glomerata

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 1, 2009
8:41 PM

Post #6894731

and P. poissonii

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BajaBlue

BajaBlue
Rancho Santa Rita, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 1, 2009
8:54 PM

Post #6894779

pdd

I ALWAYS enjoy your
fotos! Where were
these taklen? Your home
garden ?

How is the weather there right now?

Have you had a "normal"
summer ? ( whatever normal means LOL)
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 2, 2009
3:06 AM

Post #6896176

Nice stuff, Todd, as always. Wow, that P. glomerata still has a LOT of buds coming! A most excellent specimen!
goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

August 7, 2009
4:18 PM

Post #6918742

Conandron ramondioides is bloomig.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 8, 2009
12:49 PM

Post #6922016

Never heard of that genus...I don't think it would be hardy in my area.
goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

August 8, 2009
4:51 PM

Post #6922771

Hi Todd,

Conandron ramondioides is indigenous to mountains with a mild climate in Japan.
I think the overwintering minimum temperature is 23℉ or so.




Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 8, 2009
11:43 PM

Post #6924097


Some of you may already know I collect dried seed structures of all different plants. Remember this pic with the papery "calyxes" of Acantholinum hokanekeri? http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=6778178

They make a nice little miniature bouquet. For each flower that was fertilized, a single seed is produced.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 8, 2009
11:46 PM

Post #6924114

sweet arrangement Rick! BTW, I managed to get 4 plants from the Fibigia seed you sent me...they are quite large...looking forward to seeing the dried-flower results next year.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 9, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6924150

Wow Todd, I figured those Fibigea to grow and sprout like weeds! I have been very careful not to allow too many seeds to drop on the ground for fear of them taking over. Maybe I don't have to worry after all.

Scutellaria baicalensis, easy to grow from seed.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 9, 2009
11:31 AM

Post #6925322

The Fibigia were not that great at germination for me, but maybe it was something I did!

Allium flavum...almost as much a weed as Allium cyathophorum

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 9, 2009
11:31 AM

Post #6925326

an orange form of A. flavum that came from Mark McDonnough

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 9, 2009
11:34 AM

Post #6925331

Not an alpine as such but you could get away with it is Digitalis parviflora. We are growing this one at work...I didn't think I'd like it but it grows on you...like a poor-mans Echium-effect

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 9, 2009
11:34 AM

Post #6925332

a close-up

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 9, 2009
11:36 AM

Post #6925334

Back in my garden...Roscoea scilloides. I have grown this as alpina from several different sources and so far, all have turned out to be scilloides which is a poor substitute for the real thing.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 9, 2009
11:37 AM

Post #6925336

I'm keeping an eye on this Saxifrage...it came as seed of longifolia from Harry Jans but obviously it is something different...very attractive rosettes.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 9, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6925904

Agreed. I prefer Digitalis trojana, myself, although it does grow a foot higher.

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

August 18, 2009
7:12 PM

Post #6961541

Todd that daphe is lovely. My daphne tangutica is in full bloom right now! Here is leucojum autumnale, quite appropriate as I already have cyclamen starting to bloom.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

August 18, 2009
9:00 PM

Post #6961929

Nice Leucojum, Galanthophile. I was just reading up on Leucojum vs. Acis somehere . . . oh wait, that was Todd's article!

Now I find that, in fact, my Acantholinum hokanekeri did not produce any seed at all. What I thought was a single seed was merely a hard "something", common to most of the spent flowers.

Since I didn't even get one seed, I am wondering if Acantholinum is self infertile? I only have one plant and there were insects visiting the blooms daily.

Admittedly a terrible pic, but here be Phemeranthus calycinus.

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goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

August 19, 2009
9:43 AM

Post #6963752

Sanguisorba officinalis L. in my garden. It's a lovely wildflower.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 19, 2009
9:58 AM

Post #6963769

I grow my Acis (Leucojum) autumnalis is pots as they are not hardy here...just repotted and started watering them last week. They should be in bloom in about a month, so yours are early in my book! However, the first Cyclamen hederifolium (actually planted in the garden) are showing buds.
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2009
12:38 PM

Post #6964097

Yes autumn in fast approaching!
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



August 19, 2009
6:19 PM

Post #6965257

Say it isn't so!
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 5, 2009
12:03 AM

Post #7026729

Allium sikkimense:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 5, 2009
12:04 AM

Post #7026731

Dianthus amurensis:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 5, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #7026737

Cyclamen purpurascens:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 5, 2009
12:07 AM

Post #7026740

Allium cyaneum:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 5, 2009
12:13 AM

Post #7026765

Campanula x 'Peter Nix':

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 5, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #7026769

Sanguisorba dodecandra:

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

September 5, 2009
12:02 PM

Post #7027930

Beautiful plants - the sanguisorba is nice. Love the allium but I fear I have lost my specimen..
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 5, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #7028217

All very nice, Alta. I have several A. sikkimense from seed this year from NARGS. I hope that is what they really are.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



September 5, 2009
8:45 PM

Post #7029375

My sikkimense died but cyaneum is still surviving. Nice show still Alta...I don't have much 'new' blooming.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 6, 2009
2:05 AM

Post #7030568

Not much here either, well I do have Scilla scilloides blooming.

And I also had a nice surprise with Verbascum nigrum. I had even let it go to seed, and it still put out another flush of flowers. This is the June/July bloom:

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

September 6, 2009
2:07 AM

Post #7030578

And this is the second flush, one week ago.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

September 6, 2009
7:23 PM

Post #7032936

I was just catching up here with some photos from August, as I was negligent in posting! (I have also started a thread for September for the new things for the current month.)

Yes, I have quite a few Verbascum nigrum (also V. blattaria) in bloom throughout the yard. Actually, there is still a fair bit in bloom, though not many new things anymore. V. roripifolium and V. oreophilum have been interesting (and are also still in bloom)... I'll check back to see if I posted them already or not.
My Scilla scilloides will bloom this year - yippee! - unfortunately, it only blooms intermittently, maybe due (as we discussed previously) to less water than it would like.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



September 6, 2009
9:51 PM

Post #7033508

I have never tried Scilla scilloides...never had access to them. I expect the Colchicums will be showing shortly.

Allium tuberosum is out at the moment.

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



September 6, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #7033512

and so is Epilobium fleicheri

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



September 6, 2009
9:54 PM

Post #7033522

not really rock garden but esoteric...willow gentian

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



September 6, 2009
9:55 PM

Post #7033526

Allium senescens Blue Eddie...strange why this one blooms so late considering my other senescens are now releasing seed!

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Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



September 6, 2009
9:56 PM

Post #7033530

and my Gentiana cashmerica is open for the first time...3 years from seed.

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

September 7, 2009
8:22 PM

Post #7037204

Todd that epilobium is a gem!
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



September 7, 2009
9:20 PM

Post #7037429

Let me know if you want some seed...it produces plenty and is not particularly difficult from seed. The plant grows about 2 feet tall.
goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2009
3:14 PM

Post #7040219

Pseudolysimachion oranatum( = Veronica ornata )

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goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

September 8, 2009
3:17 PM

Post #7040231

closeup

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