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What's blooming in the alpine/rock garden?

Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Come on, folks - I'm sure there's a lot more in bloom in your areas than here! Bulbocodium vernum started blooming on March 21st, then got buried by 10" of snow, and emerged again on April 4th. Here a little bunch after the latest (dare I hope, last?) melt...

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Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

I'm pushing it on this one... New buds on Aethionema oppositifolium. I haven't even washed the dust of winter off these guys yet!


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

You bet me to the punchline Lori...I was just about to post some pics! Here is my Scilla tubergeniana. I've tried Bulbocodium...bloomed once then disappeared. Our winters appear too wet for it to remain happy.

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

and my Aethionema oppositifolia IS open!

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

Erica carnea are out too...this one is Anne Sparkes...great pinkish winter colour on the foliage

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

Eranthis hyemalis was THE first to open in the garden..about a week ago.

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

lots of crocus open and of course snowdrops. Looks the rest of the early bloomers will be missed as I head off to Ecuador for 3 weeks starting next Tuesday.

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Saint Bonifacius, MN(Zone 4a)

Harrumph . . .

In the warmest part of my warmest garden, I can barely see some buds coming on Corydalis solida. And my hellebore winter buds(at ground level - not flower buds) are finally breaking.

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Here's my 'ole reliable... a draba sp I got from NARGS seed
exchange a few years ago.

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Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

And the ever lovely sanguineum canadensis Plena Flora

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

My double blood root is just breaking the surface....and I think I lost my Draba over the winter...hopefully some seedlings will appear!

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

my bloodroot in the front yard are just starting to emerge too. Its always
amazing how much difference you can get with the various microclimates.

Here's a little primula seedling - don't know what it is.

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Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Not the best picture but always a welcome sight... a little anemonella thalicroides

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Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

As I'm sure you've all noticed, I'm not the best of keeping track of what
I have. Here's little white blooming guy that I am thinking is an androsace.

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Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

And a red primula - several in bloom.

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Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Very nice! Your areas are so far ahead of us this year! Well, every year, I suppose, but this year especially with the record snowfall we had.
Tammy, your white-flowered plant is a Brassicaea, as shown by the 4-petalled flowers, so perhaps an arabis (but not an androsace which has 5 petals). My primroses (the deciduous ones) are just emerging, as the snow melted off them the other day... no buds yet on the evergreen ones.

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Tottori, Japan(Zone 9a)

I've been waiting for this thread to see wonderful alpine plants
of you all!

Epimedium diphyllum

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Happy Jack, AZ(Zone 5a)

Oh Tod, love that Scilla tubergeniana! So very cute, and it would grow here I'll bet.

Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

Colchicum kesselringii that was planted last year... somewhat underwhelming, as I was hoping it would have the purple stripes on the outside!

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

Another Colchicum we can't grow...I'm amazed what can survive in Calgary!

Iris Katherine Hodgkin is gracing me for a second year. At one time these spring iris were only annual for me but now they have become firmly perennial.

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

and good ole I. reticulata

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

and my fav crocus species, C. etruscus

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Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Interesting - I thought colchicums were all fall blooming.

Todd-- love the little beauties! Are you getting bloom earlier than
typical this year?

Tam

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

Seems to be a bit early...we have had 2 weeks of temps in the upper 40's to mid-50's and things have really popped!

Saint Bonifacius, MN(Zone 4a)

FINALLY! I have something blooming.

A plain old double Snowdrop.

Todd, why is etruscus your favorite?
The stripping (what little there is) is interesting. And it does have a cool name, though.

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Calgary, AB(Zone 3b)

The crocuses started to bloom on Thursday, and strangely, the areas in bloom are nowhere near the usual first ones... it's odd what a difference snow cover (which we don't usually have for any length of time) can make!
Crocus chrysantha (and one C. vernus):

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

hard to say why etruscus is among my favs...maybe because I bought them as plain ole tommies and ended up with a relatively scarece species. The outer striping is also attractive.

However, I guess my overall fav is C. sieberi 'Hubert Edelsten'

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

Just look at the striking markings on the outside! One of the local NARGS members is a crocus fanatic and parted with a few bulbs for me...glad he did!

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

First Chionodox sardensis are open. The peak of the Chionodoxa is about a week away. I'll miss the next 3 weeks of blooms while I'm gone....the first dafs should be open when I return. I hope I don't miss all the Kabschia Sax blooms as most are well into bud now.

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North East England, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

This is my patch of sanguinaria canadensis flore pleno - it's one of the highlights of this time of year in my garden.

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North East England, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Jeffersonia dubia taken today.

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North East England, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Aquilegia viridiflora - I'm thrilled with this as I grew it from seed.

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North East England, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Pulsatilla georgica

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North East England, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

And romulea bulbocodium from today

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

Wow...you are close to 2 months ahead of me!

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

is that a camelia in bloom?? And the white littel bloom - epimedium?
Very very nice. You are indeed ahead of us here too

Tam

Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

Here's a better shot of the anemonella thalictroides. My cat Fred put his
paw there for perspective. :-)

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Saint Bonifacius, MN(Zone 4a)

I never noticed the stamens on J. dubia doing the Stone Henge thing before. I'll have to check closer on my plants this season.

Wow, the feathering on that Crocus s. is certainly to exclaim about.
Most excellent.

It took me several tries of growing A. viridiflora from seed, each time turning out to be something else, before I got the real thing. Now, seeing that the foliage is so different from other columbines, it's easy to discard them at an early stage.

North East England, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Yes the foliage is very different on the aquilegia isn't it? And yes that is my Debbie camellia above the sanguinaria - the white plant is Cardamine trifolia. Here is a close up.

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Northeast, PA(Zone 6b)

ANother new one to me. That's lovely (the cardamine trifolia)!

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