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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.