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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2006
10:56 PM

Post #2239869

I figured I'd start a more general thread for some of the other plants that are blooming right now. This picture is of one of the many native Phlox. I don't know which variety it is but it is about 6" in diameter and absoluelty smothered in blossoms. It also smells wonderful.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2006
11:00 PM

Post #2239882

Here is a picture of one of my favorite plants Astragalus utahensis. It's definitely not an alpine but does seem to do well in troughs if you're unable to grow it in the ground.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2006
11:02 PM

Post #2239889

Here is a close up of a bloom on my Arabis androsace.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2006
11:06 PM

Post #2239896

This is Oxytropis oreophila var. juniperina.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 1, 2006
11:10 PM

Post #2239908

This is Erigeron compactus which is a rather prodigous reseeder. It's cute though.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 2, 2006
12:53 AM

Post #2240275

I definitely have an Arabis Andrasace! And the phlox is amazing. Such a pure white.
Thanks for starting this thread.
Tam
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 2, 2006
5:27 AM

Post #2240979

Ally, Ally, Ally, what gorgeous plants! The Astragalus and Oxytropis are things I've never seen. I love them all.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 4, 2006
1:42 AM

Post #2246480

Lots of primulas in bloom ... here's a shot of primula japonica by the spring

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 4, 2006
1:43 AM

Post #2246487

Gentiana Acaulis in bloom

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 4, 2006
1:44 AM

Post #2246492

I believe this is Lewisia Pygmaea

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 4, 2006
1:45 AM

Post #2246498

Iris Cristata with a few primulas blooming

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 4, 2006
1:47 AM

Post #2246510

And I had to throw in a shot of these native phlox and the maizes (I can't figure out how
to spell this groundcover). The color of their blooms matches perfectly.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 4, 2006
1:48 AM

Post #2246514

I'm not sure what the species of this primula is... probably veris?

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 4, 2006
1:59 AM

Post #2246557

Almost forgot my little round trough with a lewisia almost squeeze out by the
sedum & semps. Gotta replant that one soon!

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 4, 2006
2:10 AM

Post #2246592

Thanks Tammy and Zuzu!

Wow Tammy, it looks like things are really getting going there in PA! What a wonderful assortment of flowers. Your first picture is wonderful. I love the mix of plants that you have there. Are those blue spikes of bloom Camassia quamash?

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 4, 2006
10:31 AM

Post #2247445

Ally - yep! Those are camassia quamash. There's also a few of a variegated type but they aren't
blooming yet.

Tam
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2006
7:06 PM

Post #2248617

Wonderful! Lovely primula and phlox. Some plants here I've never come across before like the Astragalus so thanks for the introduction!
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 6, 2006
1:30 AM

Post #2252723

Iris suaveolens is very nice. Only 4 inches(6 cm) high and completely evergreen, even in Minnesota. The reflexing foliage makes it interesting during the whole season, too.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 6, 2006
1:33 AM

Post #2252733

Iris suaveolens foliage:

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2006
7:10 AM

Post #2253473

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



May 6, 2006
11:07 AM

Post #2253576

Great plants Tammy...I'm slowly catching up. You seem to be about 3 weeks ahead of me as my G. acaulis is just starting to move. My Primula veris is just starting (yes, you yellow one is P. veris).

Ally...what choice plants! I'm too wet for the kinds of plants you grow...I can only live vicariously through western alpine growers like yourself! That phlox is stunning.
Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2006
10:15 PM

Post #2260395

Rick I love that Iris... it's another plant that I'll have to try when I can get my hands on one.

Thank you Todd! I feel the same way about your saxifrage and primulas and oh so many other plants that like your cooler and wetter climate.

Here are a few more things that have been blooming for the past week. I've been busier than normal and not had a chance to post these yet. Some of these many be a bit large for the rock garden but oh well.

This is Moltkia aurea

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2006
10:18 PM

Post #2260406

This is Veronica tauricola which I have totally fallen in love with.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2006
10:22 PM

Post #2260419

Here is a close up of a bloom on the little Abronia nana. This plant hails from the southeastern corner of our state. You can find it growing in the red rocks country outside of Moab.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2006
10:26 PM

Post #2260433

This little Physaria condensata has surprised me with it's extened bloom time. It's been blooming for at least three weeks now.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2006
10:30 PM

Post #2260447

This is a little bun of Lepidium nanum just starting to bloom. It is about 3 inches in diameter. I bought this from Siskiyou Rare Plants about 4 years ago off of their limited supply list.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2006
10:35 PM

Post #2260461

Last but not least... I grew these little potentilla from seed listed as P. rupestris var. pygmaea. The larger plant is about 8" tall and wide. Behind that is the little Japanese poppy, Papaver miyabeanum.

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taramark

(Zone 4a)

May 9, 2006
5:08 AM

Post #2261562

Ladies, your settings are lovely!
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 9, 2006
10:08 AM

Post #2261723

Ally, the only plant you have shown that I can grow is the Potentilla rupestris...that one is a bit of a weed in the rockery as it self-seeds all over. I am growing some drylanders from seed this year (from wild-collected seeds in Colorado). I will overwinter them in a cold frame to keep off the wet snows and hopefully they will survive.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2006
11:22 AM

Post #2261821

Ally - you've brought a selection of plants I am not familiar with and they are all beautiful.
Thank you!
Tam
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 9, 2006
8:33 PM

Post #2263267

Most of this recent bunch I hadn't heard of either. My favorite is the Lepidum, but they're all so veryinteresting.

My Iris gracilipes is blooming now. Only 7 inches high. But I have no digi camera, so it will be a while before I have pics. a photo of last year's foliage is interesting though, albeit a bit bedraggled and drought stricken. Also blooming is Hesperis kotchyi, and Veronica gentianoides.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 10, 2006
4:53 PM

Post #2265916

And here I thought you could grow anything Todd. I'm somewhat glad to hear that the Potentilla reseeds a bit. I think it will make a nice front of the border plant for a more traditional perennial bed I'll be adding this year. I look forward to seeing your dryland plants in next years postings.

Thank you Taramark and Tammy. And yes Leftwood the Lepidium is one of my favorites as well.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 10, 2006
11:14 PM

Post #2266879

I'll try anything once (and sometimes twice!) but I live in a wet climate so mother nature will only allow so much. At the botanical garden we have an alpine house so I will house many of my drylanders there and see if protection from the rain and snow in winter will allow them to survive in my area. I was fortunate to collect many alpines from areas west of Denver last September so there are quite a number of Erigeron, Townsendia, Chrysopsis and other dwarf 'daisies' among the new seedlings.

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