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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.