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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:03 AM

Post #2229210

The incessant rain has finally stopped, we've had an entire week without rain, the sun is out, and things are finally revving up.

Here's my Carduncellus pinnatus:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:04 AM

Post #2229213

Here's a closeup of a lovely Dodecatheon bloom:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:07 AM

Post #2229214

This Erodium x variabile Flore Pleno has been blooming nonstop since I bought it last April. It never rests.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:08 AM

Post #2229217

This is Saponaria x oliviana:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:10 AM

Post #2229218

Armeria caespitosa (aka A. juniperifolia):

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:11 AM

Post #2229220

Gypsophila cerastioides (surrounded by unwanted seedlings):

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:13 AM

Post #2229222

A nice new PCH iris:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:14 AM

Post #2229224

This one could have been a new PCH variety, but it was rejected. It's nice anyway:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:16 AM

Post #2229226

And lots of primulas. Nothing rare or special is blooming yet, but I already have lots of nice doubles putting on a show:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:17 AM

Post #2229229

Here's another:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:18 AM

Post #2229231

And another:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:20 AM

Post #2229234

And one (actually, two) more:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
11:21 AM

Post #2229236

Meanwhile, the Soldanella hungarica just keeps blooming and blooming:

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

April 28, 2006
6:23 PM

Post #2230399

Just gorgeous ZuZu! Seeing everyones soldanella, dodecathon, hepaticas, anemonella and primula has got me convinced that I need to expand and revamp my north facing bed so I can try some of these. Or at least finish up a trough or two. How long has the Soldanella been in bloom?

I love that Carduncellus. That big lavender pom pom of a bloom is amazing.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 28, 2006
7:38 PM

Post #2230600

Another ungypsophilalike gypsophila. But very aptly named, and very nice. And I will keep a watch out for Cardancellus pinnatus seed too.

Thanks Zuzu!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 28, 2006
9:02 PM

Post #2230834

Ally, I took a picture of the first Soldanella bloom on April 10th and it's still going strong today, the 28th.

The Carduncellus is a nice pom pom. It actually might look more impressive when there's only one bloom. Here's a picture of how it looked a week ago.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2006
1:11 AM

Post #2231372

Zuzu - those plants are glorious! You've grown them all beautifully.

Its soooo exciting to see such exotic beauties again on this forum.

Tam
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 29, 2006
2:10 AM

Post #2231567

Hi, Tammy. Isn't it great? Spring is back and so is daylight saving time. We can finally stay outside as long as we want. This last week has been so productive. I love this time of year.
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

April 29, 2006
7:59 AM

Post #2232211

Yes spring is a joy! Some very interesting and beautiful plants there Zuzu, many of which I've not seen before. I like the Carduncellus and that lovely iris, and that double erodium... And who says double primulas are nothing special - they are wonderful :)

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 29, 2006
10:06 AM

Post #2232250

I hope you don't mind me posting one of my spring beauties Zuzu? This is something I got at
a NARGS chapter sale but lost the tag. I believe its an andrasace but perhaps someone here
can help me get an ID on it?

Tam

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 30, 2006
4:04 AM

Post #2234613

Post away, Tammy. The name of the thread's "Late April Blooms." It's anyone's thread for another day.

Where's Todd? He'd be able to identify your maybe-Androsace in a minute. It's very cute. Lovely foliage.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



April 30, 2006
11:22 AM

Post #2234836

Tam, your Androsace is not an Androsace. Its a mustard of some sort...perhaps a Draba but it doesn't look like any Drabas I've ever grown (mind you there are MANY types of Draba!).

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 30, 2006
1:24 PM

Post #2235036

OK. I'll scrounge around to see if I can find any name tags with draba on them. I vaguely recall
seeing one but not in the same area as that little bloomer.

And Zuzu - here's another Late April Bloom. Primula Kisoana

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

April 30, 2006
5:46 PM

Post #2235735

Tammy I'll have to go and check as this is the first year mine have bloomed but that picture looks similar to the Arabis androsace that are just starting to bloom here in my gardens. Great Primula!
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



April 30, 2006
10:07 PM

Post #2236304

I think you are right with that ID...Arabis androsace seems to fit this plant.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 30, 2006
10:59 PM

Post #2236419

I love Primula kisoana, Tammy. Mine are still nothing but leaves. I hope they bloom soon.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 1, 2006
1:11 AM

Post #2236807

Thank you Ally_UT & Todd! I could not find any label that came close to matching.
I'll put one in tomorrow.

Its just glorious here these days! I was too busy having fun in the dirt to take pictures
but maybe tomorrow morning. Gentiana Verna, several lewisias & Mount Atlas Daisy
are peaking now. (Can't think of the latin name of the latter right now. I'll have to look
it up before I post the pic's).

Tam

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