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This year's first blooms

Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Here's a nice Pleione.

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

This is Iris suaveolens.

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Here's another one I can't identify:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

This is most certainly a Lewisia, probably cotyledon:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Another Lewisia:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Yet another Lewisia:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

And one more:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Another double:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Another, in a delicious berry shade:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Here's another blue one:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

And another delicious looking one:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Here's a different sort of Primula:

Edited to say these next few are Primula sieboldii.


This message was edited Apr 7, 2007 2:45 AM

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Same sort, different color:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Two nice Primulas:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

And here's one more PCH Iris:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

I love this color combination:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Another great combination of colors:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

Here's a demure one:

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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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

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Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

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

Saint Bonifacius, MN(Zone 4a)

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?

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

Happy Easter to you too! and thank you so much for all of the beautiful Easter-colored beauties!

North East England, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Gorgeous primulas! You have some lovely plants!

Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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.

Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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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Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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

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(Zone 5a)

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

Sebastopol, CA(Zone 9a)

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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Saint Bonifacius, MN(Zone 4a)

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.

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

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

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

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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Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

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

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