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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
1:47 PM

Post #7705632

Its way too quiet around here these days. I don't have
labels for all of the plants I'm going to post so hopefully
you guys can help fill in when I don't.

Lets start out with a very happy gentiana acaulis

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
1:49 PM

Post #7705636

There are two here that I don't have labels for.
Perhaps both are androsace? The one holds its
stark white flowers up high. I'll post a close up
of the main plant next. The other has a bit dirtier
white bloom held much closer to the plant. I got
both of these at a chapter plant sale.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
1:51 PM

Post #7705638

Here's the close up of the plant that has stark white tiny
flowers held up about 6-9" above the plant. It seems
to have self seeded a bit from last year and is just charming.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
1:51 PM

Post #7705641

First bloom on trillium grandiflora, I believe

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
1:52 PM

Post #7705649

How about a double treat: Lewisia pigmaea with cotelydon
snuggled up tight. Too bad the colors kinda clash. Still
makes me happy though.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
1:53 PM

Post #7705652

Now for some easier ones - a couple of big blooming
aubretia's - first the white one. (species label lost)

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
1:53 PM

Post #7705654

And now the purple one

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
1:56 PM

Post #7705666

A new (to me) dodecatheon just coming into bloom.
Its alba obviously but is the species meadia?

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
1:57 PM

Post #7705669

Some very happy primula by my spring fed pond.
Probably P. veris

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
1:57 PM

Post #7705672

and now with the picture...

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
2:02 PM

Post #7705688

Trout lily, dogtooth lily ... erythronium (americanum?)

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 14, 2010
2:03 PM

Post #7705690

Last one today - Pulsatilla vulgaris

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elsie
Lafayette, NJ
(Zone 6a)

April 15, 2010
2:44 PM

Post #7708219

Tammy, they are all beautiful! It's amazing how colorful everything is.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



April 15, 2010
4:06 PM

Post #7708337

Tammy, I'm jealous you have so much in bloom! Sorry we (Leftwood, altagardener and I) have not been around much...we have been busy on the NARGS forum..I think we have forgotten about DG!

In regards to your unknowns...the little white one is an annual androsace...related to salicifolia and chauxii..I have the same one as you but got it as A. lactea. It self-seeds in the rockery. The Dodecatheon is indeed an alba media. Your Erythronium is called Pagoda...it is a toulumnese hybrid.

Most of what I have blooming currently are spring bulbs...I won't bore you with crocus, muscari, chionodoxa and the like.

In true alpines I have Aethionema oppositifolia open.

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



April 15, 2010
4:08 PM

Post #7708340

Erythronium dens-canis

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



April 15, 2010
4:09 PM

Post #7708343

Primula marginata...a rather artsy photo taken with my new camera

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



April 15, 2010
4:10 PM

Post #7708345

Primula X berninae 'Windrush'

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



April 15, 2010
4:11 PM

Post #7708347

the bud of my Pulsatilla pratensis 'Nigricans'..it will be a first time bloomer. Also taken with the new camera.

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



April 15, 2010
4:12 PM

Post #7708348

Saxifraga oppositifolia from our native population.

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



April 15, 2010
4:14 PM

Post #7708356

and Saxifraga X kelleri. As I post these we are having a spring snow-storm with 4" snow so all of these are now buried.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 16, 2010
5:59 AM

Post #7709547

And that's not a lot of color? :-)

You folks are on the NARGS website? I gave it
a quite check when I ordered seeds but perhaps will
need to look again!

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



April 16, 2010
8:09 AM

Post #7709828

On the main webpage, along the top and far right is a link to forum. That's where we are these days...lots of neat stuff being posted but yours would be a welcome addition!
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

April 16, 2010
9:11 AM

Post #7709976

Thanks for sharing your photos.
I am just starting into alpines and the photos are an inspiration.
Caroline

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 16, 2010
4:18 PM

Post #7711128

Hi Caroline. I'll post some more - its just beautiful
here. I have a lot in my troughs blooming too.

Tam
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

April 17, 2010
8:17 AM

Post #7712464

I like to see the early and late bloomers.
I obtained seeds from NARGS swap and have them started as winter sowing,but nothing has sprouted yet. We are having a warmer week coming up so perhaps that will
bring them along. Did you make your own troughs?

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2010
1:40 PM

Post #7713135

I made two troughs and bought the rest. My chapter of NARGS
has a few members who make them for our plant sale. Plus a
talented trough maker in NY state has donated some for our
Phila Flower Show display and I bought some of those.

Here's some photo's of my troughs - from a week or so ago.
(This is a cement "trough" I bought from a local pot place).

Tam

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Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2010
1:41 PM

Post #7713136

I love these little aquilegia - I believe this is
A. discolor

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2010
1:43 PM

Post #7713142

These two are ones I made. We used the trough handbook
from NARGS for the recipe and instructions

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2010
1:46 PM

Post #7713148

This trough isn't really showy now but I love the little
betula I have in here. Its 3 yrs old and just as tiny as
it was when I got it.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2010
1:47 PM

Post #7713150

Here's a close up of the little tree

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



April 17, 2010
2:01 PM

Post #7713178

Beautiful troughs Tammy! That little Betula pumila or nana is sweet!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2010
2:11 PM

Post #7713197

I got it from Roger Barlow of Beaver Creek Greenhouses

Betula nana - Ingwersen's Form ex Norway

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



April 17, 2010
4:39 PM

Post #7713555

I have no idea how to tell B. pumila (North America) from B. nana (Europe)..they look the same to me.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2010
5:46 PM

Post #7713714

Every year it drops its leaves so early I think I've
lost it but its a tough one. And I love showing people
the tree I'm growing in a trough.

Tam
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

April 18, 2010
8:28 AM

Post #7715007

My NARGS seeds are beginning to germinate.
The first one is alyssum stribinyi an alyssum from Bulgaria.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2010
3:49 PM

Post #7715984

cool!
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 18, 2010
4:58 PM

Post #7716159

I'm sure you'll like Alyssum stribrnyi a lot - it covers itself in flowers in summer. Hmm, that's one of those names I've always wondered how to pronounce... It certainly is economical with respect to vowels, isn't it? ;-)

Some things in bloom here... Draba acaulis:

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2010
5:17 PM

Post #7716203

Its a cute one! The foliage is quite interesting.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 18, 2010
5:53 PM

Post #7716306

A white-flowered Draba spp. from Turkey, grown by a friend from the '96 NARGS seed exchange.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 18, 2010
5:54 PM

Post #7716309

Androsace carnea 'Alba':

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 18, 2010
5:58 PM

Post #7716319

Androsace carnea ssp. brigantiaca, from seed in '08:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 18, 2010
6:00 PM

Post #7716321

Gnarly old Primula marginata:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 18, 2010
6:03 PM

Post #7716332

Saxifraga sancta var. macedonica - this one in a back yard trough is finally blooming. One in a trough in our south-facing front yard was in bloom some time ago, but is so rabbit-munched that I hesitate to show it! (Darn rabbits have suddenly gotten rather exotic in their tastes, the last couple of years!)

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

April 18, 2010
6:08 PM

Post #7716346

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention it... very nice troughs, Tammy!

Erythronium dens-canis - I have two little clumps of it that took forever to start to bloom. It was a minor tragedy this year when 2 buds got knocked off the other plant (starting from only 6 total)... acckk!

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 18, 2010
9:52 PM

Post #7716945

Nice pics, everyone.

Arabis alpina and a twice blooming iris

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 18, 2010
9:58 PM

Post #7716972

Corydalis solida, Thalictrum thalictroides 'Schoaff's Double', Dianthus bedenia (not blooming).

This message was edited Apr 19, 2010 12:00 AM

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 18, 2010
10:07 PM

Post #7716992

Orostachys spinosa

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



April 19, 2010
4:24 AM

Post #7717275

Rick, I love that orostachys...I ordered one two years ago but ended up with O. minuta which has the tiniest rosettes...lost in the garden.
goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

May 2, 2010
10:19 AM

Post #7757024

Beautiful Alpines everyone!

Maianthemum dilatatum

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goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

May 2, 2010
10:21 AM

Post #7757031

Anemone flaccida


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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 2, 2010
4:25 PM

Post #7757967

An interesting (and beautiful) variegation pattern on the Anemone. Is it normal for the species, or do you have a special one?

Rick
goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

May 4, 2010
6:57 AM

Post #7762871

Hi Rick,

It's true that this foliage is charming. I think it is normal for this species.
According to plant guide, young leaves are fit to eat. I don't want to eat them though...

White Aquilegia flabellata var. pumila is blooming:)

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



May 4, 2010
3:40 PM

Post #7764248

My flabellata are not even showing buds yet!
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 4, 2010
8:57 PM

Post #7765289

Actually, those leaves do look scrumptious, and would add some nice color to a salad. I wonder what Chef Wolfgang Puck would pay for them ...

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