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Rock and Alpine Gardening: This year's first blooms

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:02 AM

Post #3364205

I have to admit right away that I don't know the names of most of these anymore. The combination of bad weather and burrowing cats has left me with many illegible or nonexistent tags and labels. I do know, and so will you, that this is a Gentiana of some sort, however.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:06 AM

Post #3364209

It's probably easier to identify if you can see more of the foliage, so there it is. The little white blooms are an Anemonella thalictroides, which was recently renamed Thalictrum thalictroides.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:07 AM

Post #3364211

Here's a nice Pleione.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:08 AM

Post #3364213

This is Iris suaveolens.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:10 AM

Post #3364214

This one -- I don't have a clue, but it's a sweet little thing.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:11 AM

Post #3364215

Here's another one I can't identify:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:13 AM

Post #3364216

This is most certainly a Lewisia, probably cotyledon:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:14 AM

Post #3364217

Another Lewisia:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:16 AM

Post #3364218

Yet another Lewisia:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:17 AM

Post #3364219

And one more:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:18 AM

Post #3364220

Lots of fancy double Primulas are blooming right now. This one is Dawn Ansell:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:19 AM

Post #3364221

I don't know the names of the rest anymore, but I love this color:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:21 AM

Post #3364222

Another double:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:22 AM

Post #3364224

Another, in a delicious berry shade:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:24 AM

Post #3364225

Here's another blue one:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:25 AM

Post #3364226

And another delicious looking one:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:27 AM

Post #3364227

Here's a different sort of Primula:

Edited to say these next few are Primula sieboldii.


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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:28 AM

Post #3364230

Same sort, different color:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:29 AM

Post #3364233

Two nice Primulas:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:31 AM

Post #3364235

I know Pacific Coast Hybrid irises aren't alpine plants, but they're in bloom at the same time and they're small, so I always throw a few into these threads. Here's one that's blooming now:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:32 AM

Post #3364236

And here's one more PCH Iris:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:34 AM

Post #3364238

I can't resist posting some more Primulas. These are nothing fancy, just run of the mill Primulas, but they're so gorgeous.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:35 AM

Post #3364240

I love this color combination:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:37 AM

Post #3364241

Another great combination of colors:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:38 AM

Post #3364242

This one looks sporty to me. It must remind me of denim.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:39 AM

Post #3364243

Here's a demure one:

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
5:41 AM

Post #3364244

And this last one is Easter colors. Happy Easter, everyone!

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 7, 2007
10:59 AM

Post #3364923

Those are wonderful Zuzu!!! So nice to see so much color.

Could the white blooming one earlier (before the primula) be a sanguinaria
canadensis? blood root?

I have a cute little aster alpina blooming in my greenhouse but its a wildly
cold spring here now so not much beyond crocus and early daffodils etc
blooming here.

Tam
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 7, 2007
1:13 PM

Post #3365418

I'd say definitely bloodroot. Thanks for the pics Zuzu!

In your second pic, what are those large peltate leaves growing long with Thalictrum thalictroides?
T. ichangenese or koreana?

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
1:15 PM

Post #3365428

Happy Easter to you too! and thank you so much for all of the beautiful Easter-colored beauties!
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

April 7, 2007
3:30 PM

Post #3365819

Gorgeous primulas! You have some lovely plants!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 7, 2007
3:34 PM

Post #3365830

Tammy, of course it's a Sanguinaria. Thank you. That's exactly where I planted one a couple of years ago. I never saw it again until now. This year's cold winter has had an amazing rejuvenating effect on some plants (and the opposite effect on others, of course).

Leftwood, that other one is Anemonopsis macrophylla. The Dodecatheon next to the Gentiana is just starting to bloom too. It has such a bizarre bloom.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2007
3:55 AM

Post #3367651

Here are the blooms on the Dodecatheon. I kept taking pictures and they were getting lost in the background, so I had to take them from this strange angle and use the persimmon tree as a backdrop. The plant really isn't as tall as it looks in this photo, of course.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 8, 2007
3:56 AM

Post #3367652

And here's another of the double Primulas blooming now:

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

April 9, 2007
12:03 PM

Post #3371564

Zuzu - wonderful photos :-) I've never seen those pretty double primulas before - you sure have a lot of pretty colored ones! Those red ones are just gorgeous - remind me of miniature roses ;-) Those iris are gorgeous too - especially the first PCH one - amazing colors!

Happy easter :-)

Rannveig
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 10, 2007
12:26 AM

Post #3374179

Thanks, Rannveig. That's one of my favorite PCH irises. I keep buying it every time I see it. Here's a picture of one I haven't even removed from the nursery container yet.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

April 10, 2007
4:44 PM

Post #3376536

Zuzu, I have only seen Anemonopsis macrophylla as a mature blooming plant. Of course, it is quite tall, and I would have assumed that even young plants would initially send up a stalk similar to a bracken fern or sarsaparilla. Silly, aren't I. I never realized they had peltate leaves either.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



April 10, 2007
6:31 PM

Post #3376829

Zuzu, that's a wonderful display! You are only 2-3 months ahead of me!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2007
12:55 PM

Post #3394194

Zuzu - I have my own sanguinaria to add. Spring has brought us some bloom...
and lots of weeds and grasses. I need to clean out the beds so please ignore
this part of the pictures!

(Notice my erythronium are up and will be blooming soon!!!)

Tam

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Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2007
12:56 PM

Post #3394197

A very happy group of primula veris getting bigger each year
next to the spring

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Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2007
12:58 PM

Post #3394200

And I think this is primula juliana. She also seems quite happy - she's gotten
to be quite a large clump there near the spring. I vaquely recall a variety called
"wanda" being there. Might this be her?

Tam

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Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2007
12:59 PM

Post #3394203

And a trio of draba sp. I started from NARGS seed a few years ago
in my rock garden by the barn.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2007
1:00 PM

Post #3394204

I'll need help with this one. I didn't see the label.

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Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 15, 2007
1:01 PM

Post #3394206

Anemonella thalictriodes (or did it get renamed)

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



April 15, 2007
3:42 PM

Post #3394651

Oh you are killing me! We are experiencing the WORSE spring on record...so far 40 F is the warmest we've been (should be close to 50 by now). Normally I would have the first Draba and Kabschia blooming now but they are still encased in ice and snow. It's all so depressing after such a mild January, we are making up for it.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2007
6:58 PM

Post #3395290

Cute pink Anemonella, Tammy. It may have been renamed, but it'll always be Anemonella to me. Your Drabas always amaze me. I've never been able to grow them. Yes, I think that is Wanda. Looks just like my Wanda.

This might not look very exciting, but it's the first bloom on a Ramonda I planted two years ago, so I'm excited.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 15, 2007
7:00 PM

Post #3395301

Here's Gypsophila cerastioides.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 16, 2007
11:54 AM

Post #3397695

Oh boo hoo!!! We just got snow. good thing I took the pic's I did Sat.

Zuzu - I haven' done well w/ Romanda's. I guess we each have plants we can
grow and those we can't. You'll have fun learning a whole new palate in
your new diggs when you move. :-)

Tam
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 17, 2007
3:37 AM

Post #3400421

It will be great fun, Tammy. I'm glad the Ramonda bloomed this year, because I'm pretty sure it never would bloom if I moved it to Florida. Of course, I never expected some of these to do so well in California either, so I might as well take the alpines with me. It's not as though they're too big to move. All of them together would take up less space in the van than one good-sized rose.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 17, 2007
8:42 AM

Post #3400717

I think you need to think orchids. I can just see all the orchids you can grow there.
Tam
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 18, 2007
2:37 AM

Post #3403736

Unfortunately, Tammy, I'll be in the same zone I'm in now, so no orchids, at least not outside. I used to live in Piedmont, though, where we just planted our orchids out in the garden and pretty much forgot about them -- except when they bloomed, of course. It's a far cry from the work they take when you grow them indoors.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2007
7:08 AM

Post #3403874

Oh well. You'll still have a wonderful time figuring out what you can and can't
grow in your new place. I'm sure even though its the same zone, you'll have
a new palate to work with!

Tam
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

April 18, 2007
7:56 PM

Post #3406282

Zuzu - I totally understand that you're excited about the Ramonda bloom! :-) Very nice. The seedlings are soooooo tiny for such a long time I always manage to loose them to drought ... one day I'll get one ;-) Oh and what an amazing iris!!! (again! lol)

Tammy - that pink Anemonella is so pretty - it's one I'd really like to get my hands on.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

April 18, 2007
9:03 PM

Post #3406555

Rannveig - thank you. I bought that one from Asiatica at a sale held
at Winterthur a couple years ago. It was mighty expensive so I'm glad
its back two springs now.

Tam
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 24, 2007
2:59 AM

Post #3424359

Here's something else that lost its name tag, but it's surely an Androsace of some sort, right?

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 24, 2007
3:00 AM

Post #3424360

And here's another PCH iris, just because the people in the iris forum are too snooty, but this flower is crying out to be posted somewhere.

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



April 24, 2007
5:49 AM

Post #3424478

That Iris is beautiful! The Androsace is A. sarmentosa or primuloides (synonyms). I have it but it is still very dormant...maybe blooms by June.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

April 24, 2007
6:11 AM

Post #3424503

Thank you, Todd. That certainly is its name. I remember now.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

April 24, 2007
6:35 AM

Post #3424532

Zuzu - that iris is just gorgeous - can't imagine what people on the iris forum could see wrong with it ... ;-) Love the androsace as well :-)
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 5, 2007
6:59 AM

Post #3464790

Zuzu, your rock garden fascinates me. not that I could begin to duplicate your conditions here. (your zone plus whatever ice cubes you pile on in winter LOL) but what wonderful plants. I love your PCH iris. nobody snooty here :0) glad to here you're taking you're taking the rock garden with you. it would be a shame to have to start that collection over again as well.

those little double primulas are too wonderful to do without. I will have to look for some.
taramark

(Zone 4a)

May 6, 2007
11:15 AM

Post #3468285

Zuzu,

Your garden is exciting!

Such beauties!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2007
2:23 PM

Post #3468862

I took some pictures today of the rock garden. An aubretia...

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2007
2:25 PM

Post #3468865

And Lewisia Pygmea back another year.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2007
2:26 PM

Post #3468873

Lawrence Crocker Daphne

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2007
2:27 PM

Post #3468878

Eythronium (Dog tooth lily)

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 6, 2007
2:28 PM

Post #3468884

And how about some primulas?

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grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 7, 2007
8:28 AM

Post #3471280

very nice, Tam. inspirational!

I have some leftover rock from building the wall for my new rose garden. and lots of seeds starting (some gentians, tradescantia, edelweiss, primrose, anaphilis, alpine dianthus, aubretia, and a bunch of baby semps). so I hope to get some work done in the rock garden this summer.

edit for sp.

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Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 7, 2007
6:16 PM

Post #3473237

Tammy, what great pictures! Especially that fabulous Lewisia.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 7, 2007
8:00 PM

Post #3473569

I have another primrose open now...P. glaucescens. My japonica won't be open until late June, nor will my Lewisia pygmaea...I'm so far behind everyone!

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Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 8, 2007
8:10 PM

Post #3477126

wow - that's a gorgeous primula Todd!
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 10, 2007
8:24 AM

Post #3482283

very pretty, Todd
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 10, 2007
9:31 AM

Post #3482480

Hey Todd - very pretty! I just bought that one and P. marginata. I couldn't resist after seeing your gorgeous photo ;-)

Here's Douglasia laevigata that's flowering now.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 10, 2007
9:27 PM

Post #3484618

ooooo... that's a real cutie!
Tam
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

May 11, 2007
2:47 AM

Post #3485439

Oh, Rannveig. What a beautiful little plant!
taramark

(Zone 4a)

May 11, 2007
3:02 AM

Post #3485443

Beautiful!

And I notice the black rock, too.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 11, 2007
5:48 AM

Post #3485507

You're ahead of me Rann...our Douglasia are not out yet but are showing buds at least.
taramark

(Zone 4a)

May 11, 2007
9:04 AM

Post #3485865

Rannveig,

That is a fine volcanic rock.

So sayeth my son, the Geologist!
grampapa
Wheatfield, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 12, 2007
11:42 AM

Post #3489260

Rann, it's a beauty, and really is set off by the rock. btw...nice to see you :0)
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 17, 2007
4:43 PM

Post #3507555

Thanks everyone :-) Funny that you all notice the rock in the background - they're very ordinary here ... living in the middle of a lava field - there's plenty of them around here ;-) lol

Nice to see you too gram ;-)
Ally_UT
Central, UT
(Zone 5b)

May 24, 2007
8:21 PM

Post #3531836

Zuzu, the range of plants that you grow astounds me. Those double Primula are superb, but I'm particularly fond of that P. seiboldii. I love the delicate, airy quality of it's blossoms. That first PCH iris you posted is to die for. That color would mix well with some of my more common dwarf bearded iris.

I've got a bad case of Primula envy. Still don't have the garden spot ready where I was going to add some this year, but it's underway. Todd that P. glaucescens is amazing and Tammy what can I say... I'm in awe of the drifts of Primula you grow. That Erythronium is gorgeous too.

Rann, that Douglasia is amazing, as is the rock behind it. What kind of rock gardeners would we be if we didn't also notice an exceptional rock as well. I must admit I look at the rocks in a garden as much as I do the plants growing in them.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 25, 2007
11:29 AM

Post #3533671

Thanks Ally - and ofcourse you're so right - a rock garden wouldn't amount to much without the rocks ;-) lol Glad you all like our lava rocks :0)

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