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Rock and Alpine Gardening: Alpines in December

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2009
3:12 AM

Post #7327068

This is an unusual time for me, because normally by now my potted plant materials are at least packed up, ready for their final covering, if not already covered.

Not this year. It's been so warm, the ground isn't even close to freezing.

So I have had a rare opportunity to enjoy the winter "morphing" of alpines for quite some time. Maybe not so interesting to some of you, but for me it's a treat.

I love the gun metal winter color of Orostachys spinosa

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2009
3:25 AM

Post #7327109

Sedum hispanicum minus

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #7327114

Sempervivum octopodes var. apetalum
This is really only about an inch in diameter.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2009
3:30 AM

Post #7327121

Delosperma nubigenum

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2009
3:32 AM

Post #7327126

Sedum dasyphyllum in a 2.5 inch pot

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2009
3:40 AM

Post #7327150

Sempervivum calcareum in a 2 inch ppt

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2009
3:42 AM

Post #7327155

Jovibarba allionii

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2009
3:46 AM

Post #7327169

Arenaria tetraquetra, Cerastium alpinum, Anaphalis alpicola

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 2, 2009
3:52 AM

Post #7327182

I tried twice growing Allium walichii from seed via winter sowing from two different sources with no luck. So I though I would sow them inside, and hold for 2 weeks or so inside before putting them out. Well, they are up now, and I guess I will have to grow them through the winter inside.

Also some encouraging news about the Deinanthe caerulea seed I harvested. It seems drying for several weeks has not hampered germination at all. I put the seed in a paper towel on 25 Oct, really not expecting anything. Today, I have them poking through the towel. It's a wonder such tiny tiny seedling find the strength! I have at least 80% germination.

Echinocereus coccineus

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

December 4, 2009
1:04 AM

Post #7332978

What a nice surprise to find a Dec Alpines thread! I've been
walking by my gentiana acaulis in bloom and thinking I should
snap a picture. Its been such a warm Nov.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



December 5, 2009
12:22 PM

Post #7337364

I would have tried to take some pictures of December alpines but we just got a foot of snow...no more alpines to see until April!

BTW, I've tried A. wallichii as well with no luck...wonder what that is all about?
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

December 5, 2009
5:42 PM

Post #7338254

My wallichii seeds came directly from a trade this time, as opposed to a seed ex. I supposed I'll need to see if they really turn out to be said allium, but I expect so. She is quite a knowledgeable woman. Being an allium, perhaps there is a very short shelf life with this one. Seed ex seeds I never get until at least Jan or Feb.

Rick

P.S. Todd: how many pairs of snowshoes do you own?


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



December 5, 2009
8:33 PM

Post #7338904

None! I hibernate most of the winter when I can!...I've started the 4 month countdown until April. Somewhere under all the snow I still have Crocus speciosus in bloom!...we had a record high of 60 F only 2 days ago!...now one storm (first snow for the season) dumps a foot! No such thing as gradually building up to winter around here! Oh well, with no frost in the ground, the snow will keep the ground unfrozen all winter.
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

December 7, 2009
3:35 AM

Post #7343499

We finally got our first snow here in Somerset, CA (Sierra foothills...) It is supposed to snow down to Sacramento tonight, but that would be highly unusual if it did. We get snow here every winter, and usually it starts in November, but not this year. It has been in the 60's last week as well. Just a light frost at night.
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

December 17, 2009
4:28 PM

Post #7377122

I should be able to have a look in the garden tomorrow so will see what is interesting at the moment. My Christmas holidays start now!
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

December 17, 2009
10:07 PM

Post #7377920

Well, you are smart to think of covering your plants. I wish that I did so for quite a few tenders. I should know better. I am sure that I will lose quite a bit to not the two feet of snow, but the wintry temps of 18 degrees and possibly lower for a couple of days, as the thermometers are on teh porch where it is somewhat protected, but it still got quite chilly. It is warmer now, and most of the snow, and all of the icicles have melted.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

December 18, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #7378238

I never cover anything, even up here. Of course, that will lead to some limitations in what I can grow... but other than as an exercise for finding out what hardy, I'm not really interested in growing half-hardies anyway...

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