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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

April 4, 2007
11:18 PM

Post #3356921

So the season begins, albeit a smidgen early. I've been waiting for others to start posting pictures, but maybe I'm just way ahead of schedule this year.

This last year has brought quite a few deaths to the rock garden. Grrrrr! Live and learn and remeber to increase drainage in a couple of places in the garden or finally make some troughs. Most of my townsendia decided to melt away and turn to slimmy little piles of dead foliage. My Erysimum kotsyanum(sp?) looks more dead than alive but does have some blossoms emerging. I lost quite a few succulents and cacti but that may be more suited to another forum. The one Eritrichum seedling that I managed to keep alive all last summer is nowhere to be found either, but what did I expect. sigh! A handful of other dryland species seedling also failed to make it through this winter. All in all a rather disheartening beginning to the gardening season. This makes me all that happier with those plants that did pull through and seem to be doing well.

So lets start the year of pictures off with this little Phlox hoodii var. canescens. I love, love, love Phlox and have tried to grow several from seed with very little luck. I finally gave in a bought some from Beaver Creek and all have pulled through.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

April 4, 2007
11:21 PM

Post #3356929

Here is a little Draba sp. that as you can see is all but done blooming. I'd have taken pics earlier but had a broken camera.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

April 4, 2007
11:25 PM

Post #3356944

I wasn't sure these where still alive when I planted them last fall but they seem to be doing alright. This is Mertensia Macdougallii not quite in full bloom I think.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

April 4, 2007
11:30 PM

Post #3356951

Here is a very small Lesquerella wardii that is just beginning to bloom.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

April 4, 2007
11:35 PM

Post #3356967

Draba oligiosperma var. oligiosperma in full bloom.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

April 4, 2007
11:43 PM

Post #3356981

and lastly Erigeron compactus.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 5, 2007
9:14 PM

Post #3359927

ahhhhh... thank you! spring is simply teasing us here.
It got warm briefly and now its freezing again. I look forward
to adding some color to your wonderful start of the 2007
collection of bloom!

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



April 6, 2007
9:42 AM

Post #3361297

Nice alpines Ally..I've never seen that particular Mertensia before..very unique! No alpines in my garden for quite a while yet. I still have 3 feet of snow in parts of the garden, although about half of my rock garden is now exposed. I'm lucky I have some crocus starting to sprout!
Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

April 6, 2007
11:40 AM

Post #3361639

Thanks Tammy and Todd. I look forward to seeing the pics of all your great plants as they begin to emerge and bloom this year!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
4:23 AM

Post #3364196

Sweet! Especially the Drabas, Ally.
taramark

(Zone 4a)

April 7, 2007
6:00 AM

Post #3364247

Lovely, simply lovely!

Corinne
goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
11:19 AM

Post #3365002

Hello Ally. Your Alpines are so lovely! Thank you for sharing.
The pure white flower of Phlox and the texture of Lesquerella's leaves are especially beautiful!
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 7, 2007
1:05 PM

Post #3365384

Thanks Ally! Very uplifting while we are in this cold spell. That Mertensia intrigues me also. Plese to post a picture of it in bloom?
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2007
3:29 PM

Post #3365816

What a nice selection, very good to see some plants in flower.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

April 9, 2007
12:11 PM

Post #3371586

Ally - beautiful blooms :-) I especially like the phlox - I love, love, love phlox too, but haven't had any luck with them yet. Absolutely beautiful plant :-) Love the others as well - please post a photo of the Mertensia when it's flowers open - very intriguing plant ;-)

Rannveig
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2007
7:21 AM

Post #3464823

Ally, I got here late, but lovely plants. thanks for sharing.
Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 24, 2007
7:12 PM

Post #3531621

I've been especially busy that past month or so, but hope to catch up with all the posts. Thank you for all the kind comments. I hope to get a few more pictures posted as well but I've been fighting with the new camera and wish I still had my old Nikon.(still in the repair shop)
As far as the Mertensia goes, I'm not sure just how much I really like it. Or perhaps I just have it planted in a less than ideal location, but as the season progressed and it bloomed I was a bit disappointed with it. We had a very dry, hot early spring and I'm wondering if that contributed to the somewhat chloritic, burned appearance of the foliage. The following picture is about the best I was able to manage.

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Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 24, 2007
7:24 PM

Post #3531661

Here is another very small (only 2 1/2" high) plant that bloomed mid to late June. I hope that this and the Mertensia will get larger and look more healthy in coming years. I find myself at a bit of a loss when attempting to grow plants other than those accustomed to sunbaked desert climates. This is Corydalis bushii...

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2007
11:27 AM

Post #3533663

Gorgeous Corydalis Ally :-)
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 26, 2007
6:01 PM

Post #3538510

Ally, an interesting mertensia none-the-less. I had a Mertensia paniculata for many years, nestled between roots at an oak's base. 200ft from my parents' house, and my brother dug it up when it was dormant and replaced it with a daylily! There isn't even a garden there. I don't know what possessed him.

My Mertensia pterocarpa flowers, I think, are far less to write home about than your macdougallii. But the plant, with its frosty blue foliage, stays fresh looking all summer long. It is interesting how the foliage "rosettes" each hold a droplet of water after it rains. I tried to get a pic of this, and the glistening of the droplets was even more difficult to portray. Still, this is the best I could do on May 10:

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