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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...
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.
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.
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):
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.
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.
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.
Thanks, Galanthophile... your climate is so much milder, and the plants so much more advanced, that these photos must be like reliving late winter for you, LOL! Would love to see more photos of your garden - your plants look so lovely!
Beautiful! What an unusually-coloured primula! Over on the SRGC forum, there was some amazement over a photo of F. meleagris with two flowers per stem... surely this can't be so unusual? I noticed several here with two and even three flowers last year... must make a note to watch this year!
Ya know, I never thought of the regular species C. solida being soooo red. Or, perhaps color doesn't differentiate the subspecies. Hmmm. Anyone know? (We can't expect Todd to jump in here. He's in Ecuador.)
The Minnesota Arboretum has a nice form of C. solida, IMO:
Rick, I was wondering where you were! The corydalis I posted used to be called C. transylvanica, but now, apparently, it is preferred to call it C. solida ssp. solida, for whatever reasons. It seems to be the normal colour for it, compared to the plants I see over at SRGC (which I recently joined), for example. 'George Baker' is another very red, even orangey, form of C. solida. Other red C. solida selections are 'Prasil Strain', 'Zwanenburg' (see below)... no doubt others. http://www.hillkeep.ca/bulbs corydalis.htm#Prášil Strain'.
Whoo-hoo, my Erythronium dens-canis has gone from 1 flower, in the past couple of years, to 4 flowers this year! Huzzah, huzzah! Hmm, I'm almost encouraged to try other species... almost... I'm not sure I want to wait as long as I did for this one!
Yes, that is the MN Arb Jeffersonia (and of course, a pic of the best one). And just two days before, we (our NARGS Chapter) did our first spring clean up of the garden, and the Jeffersonia was only 2 inches high. I just happened to catch it because I was volunteering there for another function. Bobbi, who volunteered me, is really going to be bumbed that she had to leave, and couldn't take the time to wander the garden.
I was thinking some more about my C.solida comment concerning yours, Alta, and now consider it ridiculous. Of course there are variations. But I have seen pics of other selections (like George Baker), and was just surprised that yours was so much better. I think it should be named.
Would still like to know what differentiates the sspp., though.
Oh, thanks everyone, I will try to find some! Those are very good photos Goldenfish! We have put up a fence for a memorial garden for my Mom and need some more shade plants, so thought they would look great there.
Lovely photos all! This is a wondrous time of year, is it not? Something new coming up all the time.
I took a little stroll with my camera and got a few nice shots. I too am cheating a little as some of these plants are new.
This is one of my many Epimediums, youngianum niveum
Nice photos. I always wondered if that ginger was really as nice as other pics lead you to think. And I see it is. Thanks! Would sure like to see a pic of the whole plant. Too bad it wouldn't survive here.
I guess I was a bit unintentionally ambiguous about the Othonna. Yes, I am wondering if Tammy's pic is really O. capensis, or some other Delosperma or Delosperma relative. The google pics seem to be uniformly different in their flowers: petals much wider and smaller number of them, with a different aspect and some curling, much larger flower center, only single color petals, very pronounced and relatively thin flower stems, along with the slightly differing leaf shape. I don't see how this could be attributed to variation within the species. Then again, I've been wrong before.
It ain't easy, LOL! Looking at all the wonderful things in bloom on this and other forums is starting to make me a little depressed! Sometimes I think I should either pave over the yard and give up... or stop looking at those forums, ha ha!
Ooops, I see my photo of a puny Androsace carnea 'Alba' didn't come through. Here it is:
"Open gardens" (garden visits) have started with the local rock garden club. Today, I visited two of the most exquisite gardens in Calgary (well, within a much, much broader radius, definitely!)
With permission of the owner to take photos, here is Callianthemum anemonoides:
Just got back from Ecuador and the galapagos. Saw some freaky alpines in the Paramo region of the Andes...reminded me of high alpine zones of New Zealand...lots of hard bun-forming plants. I'll start a thread once I've sorted the pics.
I didn't miss much at home. Still few alpines open in the garden. I thought I'd show my Corydalis solida ssp. transylvanica I got from Ruksans last fall.
Sally, I didn't realize AJ bloomed so early! But I guess now that I noodled it some more, and already know a bit about the peculiar habitat it comes from, I supposed it is not so surprising after all. A former member of our Chapter, Marcel Jouseau, obtained a grant from NARGS to map the parameters of it known habitats to predict where else it might be found. He has been very successful.
Thought you'd be poppin' in one of these days now, Todd. Welcome back, I know you had a great trip! Nice corydalis form. When I grew Erica spp. they never colored up so nicely over the winter. Heck, yours in that pic would be just as pretty without the flowers!
FYI one of my Impatiens namchabarwensis has suddenly collapsed from some root pathogen . . .
Alta, H.n.'Rubra Plena' almost looks like double anemone flowers!
Every year I say I am going to visit a founding member of our chapter that has a great collection of hepaticas, to see them blooming. Once again, missed it . . .