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



June 18, 2006
2:26 PM

Post #2403781

My Lewisia's as at their peak now. Here are some samples. This is a new one I got this past spring from beaver Creek called 'Pinkie'...its a longipetala hybrid.

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



June 18, 2006
2:27 PM

Post #2403785

Lewisia 'Little Plum', another longipetala hybrid.

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



June 18, 2006
2:28 PM

Post #2403791

Lewisia cotyledon in orange

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



June 18, 2006
2:29 PM

Post #2403793

Lewisia pygmaea..been blooming for a month now.

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



June 18, 2006
2:31 PM

Post #2403800

Lewisia columbiana var. rupicola

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



June 18, 2006
2:31 PM

Post #2403802

Lewisia tweedyi

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



June 18, 2006
2:33 PM

Post #2403809

Lewisia cotyledon in coral-pink

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



June 18, 2006
2:33 PM

Post #2403814

Lewisia nevadensis

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



June 18, 2006
2:39 PM

Post #2403835

and what I bought as nevadensis 'Rosea' but I'm not convinced...it might be stebbensii.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 18, 2006
5:24 PM

Post #2404537

those are spectacular Todd! I just love lewisias. And yours are just beautifully
grown!

Tam
siskiyou
Prineville, OR
(Zone 6a)

June 19, 2006
1:55 AM

Post #2406269

Beautiful collection of the genus named for Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
I live in the Pacific NW and most of these, except, of course, for hybrids, grow here in the wild. L. tweedyi and L. rediviva are among my favorites. Do you have rediviva in your collection, Todd?
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 19, 2006
9:45 AM

Post #2407176

I have both the pink and white form. The white bloomed while I was away so I missed it! The pink should be open in the next week or two.
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2006
8:16 PM

Post #2413209

What a fantastic selection and all are beautifully photographed.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2006
11:44 AM

Post #2423340

Happy Birthday, Todd. you don't know me, but i lurk on some of your threads just to see your beautiful pictures.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 23, 2006
11:49 AM

Post #2423349

Thanks for the B-day wish!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 23, 2006
12:16 PM

Post #2423405

Happy birthday, Todd. Hope it's a great year in your garden.
Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

June 23, 2006
8:11 PM

Post #2425040

That is a wonderful collection of Lewisia. Makes me miss mine that are now well past bloom. .

Hope you have a great birthday as well!
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 24, 2006
1:30 AM

Post #2425943

Hey, Todd. Happy Birthday! The lewisia are spectacular. You make me want to grow every single plant you photograph. Are they all in pots? I don't know much about them, but they are all beautiful.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 24, 2006
2:28 PM

Post #2427566

Thanks everyone for the kind wishes. It was a lovely day here yesterday...25 C (80 F) with a nice breeze and last nigh we got some much needed rain so the garden will go crazy I'm sure.

Yes Grampapa, all my Lewisia are grown in pots...they don't like near neighbours and in my garden would be swamped. They love pot culture and it gives them their own space.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 24, 2006
2:36 PM

Post #2427596

Happy belated Birthday Todd! Glad you had such a lovely day to celebrate.
Isn't June a great month for your birthday? The weather is usually nice and the
days are long!

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

June 25, 2006
1:50 PM

Post #2431143

Happy belated birthday Todd from me too. Sorry I missed it but hope you had a great day!
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 25, 2006
9:57 PM

Post #2432707

Here is a full shot of 'Pinkie'

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 26, 2006
11:55 PM

Post #2436951

Wow! and look at the bud's on it. that's a beauty. gram
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

October 22, 2006
10:23 PM

Post #2840856

Todd - great photos and your Lewisias are so beautiful! I just love them - I grow L. cotyledon, L.pygmae, L. columbiana and
L. tweedy. I grow them in my raised alpine bed with the coverage of spruce branches and they've all done pretty well except the L. tweedy. It does better in the greenhouse.

I raised Lewisia 'Little Plum' from seed this spring and can't wait to see it flower next summer! Yours is a real beauty! I like 'Pinkie' too - very pretty :-)

Here's a photo of my Lewisia cotyledons 'Soranda' taken on June 27th this summer:

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



October 23, 2006
12:07 AM

Post #2841153

I'm amazed how well you have done with Lewisia. I actually grow mine in pots and overwinter them in a coldframe..those I've tried outdoors have always rotted in winter. Of my collection, I also have the most trouble with tweedyi. I grew my Little Plum from seed as well. Columbiana has actually self-seeded in the pots of other alpines nearby!
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2006
9:54 AM

Post #2842127

Thanks Todd ! I got Columbiana in a trade and the pot was full of small seedlings so it seems to self seed quite freely - which with Lewisia is always a good thing! I was pretty amazed myself at how well the Cotyledons have done outside. Last winter was especially mild and therefore wet - with very little snow but there wasn't much rot and they flowered really well. L. pygmae I've had the longest and it does very well - maybe because it doesn't have evergreen leaves that could rot ... whatever it is - it's doing great! :-) The soil they grow in is very well drained needless to say - I put in extra gravel around the Lewisias and the toplayer is pure gravel ... also after I raised the bed they've done much better.

This is a photo of one of the Cotyledons I have growing in my greenhouse - a very pretty pink :-)
photo taken on May 2nd this year

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



October 23, 2006
11:00 AM

Post #2842164

If I get any seeds from nevadensis or nevadensis 'Rosea' (but probably stebbinsii) I'll send some next year. Those are both like pygmaea and disappear in winter so should not pose any problems.

Here's a pic of our 15 year old tweedyi growing in the alpine house at work. It quite a stunner!

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 23, 2006
11:08 AM

Post #2842169

What a lucious creamy yellow that is Todd! Definitely a stunner.

Oh I'm drooling over all these lewisia's. And hoping my rediviva survive
the winter. I started them 2 1/2 years ago from seed and planted some
out this spring. I've got another pot full of seedlings in the greenhouse.

Tam
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2006
12:17 PM

Post #2842238

Wow Todd - that sure is a stunner! I sure hope mine will grow to that size one day! I've tried Nevadensis at least twice but for some reason they've never lasted long - even in the greenhouse. They were all plants that I bought - they usually don't last as well as the ones I've raised from seed. I've lost all my Lewisias that I've bought as plants for some reason.

Tammy, I haven't tried Rediviva, but from what I've read it's supposed to be very difficult (at least here) but equally stunning! Hope they survive so you can show us the pics ;-)

Here's my "baby" L. Tweedy - flowering for the first time in May :-)

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2006
12:28 PM

Post #2842255

We traveled to the north this summer and stayed amongst other places in Akureyri which is the largest town in N-Iceland. There is a botanical garden there (one of two in the country - the other one is in Reykjavik) and there were pretty impressive Lewisias that grew there. They have a pretty steady snowcover in the winter and often higher summer temps as well - so many alpines grow better there than here in the south. I have to admit that I did turn a somewhat greenish shade seeing those gorgeous Lewisias! The soil that they were growing in wasn't even "gravelly" (is that a word??) - here in the south they'd rot in soil like that.

Here's a photo of one of them:



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



October 23, 2006
6:05 PM

Post #2843254

Wow, that is impressive for sure. I have rediviva alba..it had 3 flower this past summer...I'm sure I have a pic somewhere! This will be its first winter and needless to say, will stay in the coldframe. I actually have it in a large clay pot, together with nevadensis, nevadensis Rosea (or stebbensii) and pygmaea. If they all survive, it should be quite a display next summer.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



October 23, 2006
6:07 PM

Post #2843259

In the meantime, here is a Lewisia growing outside in an alpine garden located in Nova Scotia..they have much drier winters than Newfoundland so they can get away with them.

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



October 23, 2006
6:08 PM

Post #2843263

and they also had columbiana 'Alba' outside. Wish I could get my hands on some seeds of that one.

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2006
7:20 PM

Post #2843444

Those are pretty! That columbiana 'Alba' is something I wouldn't mind having either ;-)
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



October 23, 2006
10:08 PM

Post #2843920

I just found my pic of Lewisia rediviva 'Alba'.

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2006
11:06 PM

Post #2844068

Todd that is a stunner! Gorgeous :-)

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

October 24, 2006
12:05 AM

Post #2844218

Ditto on that Rann! Gorgeous!!!!
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

October 24, 2006
6:32 PM

Post #2846218

Quietly imbibing all the wondrous flora here. We in Minnesota seem to find that once a lewisia has multiple crowns, it flowers less. But that sure doesn't seem to be the case with all of you! Obviously, you have better growing conditions, but is that really the answer?

What are anyone's thoughts on the subject of multiple crowns?
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

October 24, 2006
9:27 PM

Post #2846778

Mine have never gotten that big - yet at least. But the ones I saw in the botanical garden were huge and very floriferous as well - they seemed to really be in their prime there.

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