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



May 6, 2009
3:08 PM

Post #6512326

Must be all sorts of alpines starting to bloom for us. I am probbaly much behind most of you, but I figured I'd post some of my small currently blooming beauties. Here is my Jeffersonia dubia.

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



May 6, 2009
3:09 PM

Post #6512329

Androsace 'Millstream'

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



May 6, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #6512331

Sanguinaria canadensis 'Rosea'

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



May 6, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6512334

white Pulsatilla vulgaris

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



May 6, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6512335

Draba polytricha

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



May 6, 2009
3:12 PM

Post #6512336

Scilla rosenii...a new one I purchased from Ruksans

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



May 6, 2009
3:12 PM

Post #6512339

and a first bloom on Primula glaucescens

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2009
3:43 PM

Post #6512466

All lovely but I particularly like the sanguinaria and jeffersonia. Beautiful.
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2009
3:55 PM

Post #6512516

Erigeron Canary Bird

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6512525

Pulsatilla albana

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6512528

Pulsatilla georgica

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



May 6, 2009
5:08 PM

Post #6512857

My canary bird and georgica are just starting to show buds. Guess I'm not TOO far behind!

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 6, 2009
6:48 PM

Post #6513214

Yes you soon catch up! :)
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 8, 2009
4:36 AM

Post #6520345

Primula marginata 'Sheila Denby', starting to bloom:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 8, 2009
4:39 AM

Post #6520352

Saxifraga 'Riverslea', opening:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 8, 2009
4:44 AM

Post #6520365

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, in bud, and bristlecone pine, with some sort of spring-blooming Brassicaceae (Thlaspi?):

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2009
11:08 AM

Post #6520764

Great photos everyone!

I've been lurking since the april thread admiring everyone's gorgeous blooms :-) Anyone willing to part with some fresh Jeffersonia dubia seeds in exchange for something else? I haven't been successful in getting my seeds to sprout ... I read somewhere that it has very short viability (?).

Not very many alpines blooming yet ...

Here's an Androsace carnea ssp. rosea that's happily growing in a stone supporting wall-ish type of thingy ... the proper word completely slipped my mind! lol It does much better there than in my raised bed.

Rann


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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2009
11:12 AM

Post #6520786

Arabis alpina ssp. caucasica

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2009
11:15 AM

Post #6520795

Thlaspi rotundifolia put on a nice show in April

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2009
11:21 AM

Post #6520813

Not sure if this quilifies as an alpine ... I raised this from seed as Trollius laxus but the bright yellow flowers make me question whether that's what it really is. I was expecting them to be a paler shade. Can T. laxus have such bright yellow flowers? If not, any ideas what it might be? I thought T. dzchungaricus maybe? Or T. riehderanus?

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2009
11:26 AM

Post #6520824

Primula marginata

I opened a website a few weeks ago - garden plants in Iceland. Here's the link if any of you are interested in what can be grown up here .. http://www.gardaflora.is It's all in Icelandic but the latin names are the same ;-)

Rann

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



May 8, 2009
12:49 PM

Post #6521073

Great website Rann! You essentially grow the same things as we do in newfoundland, but you seem to have better luck with some than we do...I cannot grow Thlaspi rotundifolia...heaves out of the ground every winter.
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 8, 2009
3:50 PM

Post #6521837

Excellent plants Rann. Good to have you here.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 8, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6521873

Thanks Todd and Galanthophile.

Todd - I'm surprise to hear that the Thlaspi rotundifolia won't grow in your area, it does very well here ... do you get a lot of snow and frost or more rain during winter?

Any thoughts on the Trollius?? ;-)

Rann
goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2009
4:06 PM

Post #6521923

I envy you guy's good climate for alpains!
My wannabes are...
Geranium oxonianum

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goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2009
4:09 PM

Post #6521946

Ajuga reptans(variegated)

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goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2009
4:11 PM

Post #6521960

Scutellaria indica L. var. parvifolia (white flower)

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goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

May 8, 2009
4:15 PM

Post #6521985

Geranium robertianum

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



May 8, 2009
5:59 PM

Post #6522362

Rann, I think your trollius might be T. acaulis.

We get freeze-thaw for 4 months that can do a number on really small alpines. They need to have a descent root system to survive the local abuse caused by our winter. We certainly get more snow than you in the winter.

Goldenfish, the 'alpines' you have open will not bloom here until late June.
Sally_Denver
Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

May 8, 2009
10:44 PM

Post #6523398

Wow, it took me a long time to reply to my posting a few days ago of Aquilegia jonesii. In case anyone still cares, yes, it does bloom very early. Mine is relatively late because the garden is on the north side of hte garage and it gets full sun late (about half there, now).

Most people are happy to grow it just for the foliage, in tight whorls, and I do enjoy it for that. I stays about 3-4" tall, except for the flower.

Yes, my garden is pink granite, It is chosen from "rip-rap", the local(?) term for rock you dump in drainage ditches, etc (cheap, though heavy rock). Most is mixed grey and pink, but my local yard lets me sort through for the pink ones. The rocks are very close together--not natural looking at all--but I wanted at least one rock per plant. It is sort of like a lumpy crevice garden. It seems to grow plants well, and I think it is all that rock.

I've attached a May 10, 2005 view that has only a primula in bloom, but shows how rocky it is.

Sorry if off topic!

Leftwood, do you have a reference for the distribution data on A. jonesii? All I know is it grows in Wyoming shale.

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 9, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #6523956

Dodecatheon

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



May 9, 2009
9:48 PM

Post #6527241

Lovely rockery Sally! Wish I had access to tufa.
Tammy, my shooting stars are just sprouting!

A drab Draba dedeana

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



May 9, 2009
9:49 PM

Post #6527246

Viola conspersa

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



May 9, 2009
9:50 PM

Post #6527250

My first dwarf rhododendron is open

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 9, 2009
10:55 PM

Post #6527420

Sally, I think your "rubble" garden turned out very nice!

Great to see you back, Rann!
I, for one, have been wondering how you have been surviving the economic downturn there. Very nice site! I'll bet Todd can sort out your Iris setosa's.

Jeffersonia seed is reputed to not sustain dry strorage. I have collected and moist stored J. diphylla seed in the refrigerator from when the seed ripened in early summer, all through the winter. I gave them away, but they stilled seemed in very good condition. Supposedly Jeffersonia seed first puts down a root, and may not send up a leaf until after one (or two) cold cycles.
I will be (trying) to collect seed of J. dubia, if I can catch them this time. Last year I missed them, and they had emptied all their pouches of seed before I got to them. Hopefully, I will have seed for you (or others).

J. diphylla seed:

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 10, 2009
6:49 AM

Post #6528661

Rann - what is the problem with your isis setosa?
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 11, 2009
12:27 AM

Post #6531442

I don't think there is any problem with the iris, just an uncertain identification.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 11, 2009
10:30 AM

Post #6532639

Hi Leftwood :-) Nice to "see" you too :-) We're surviving ... my family hasn't been hit hard (yet at least) so we're just counting our blessings. But things are really bad and lots of people are taking an awfully big hit. But that seems to be the case in more countries as well I hear ... Thanks reg. the site :-) and the Douglasia :-). I'll save the pot for a year or two ... but the seed was dry so I'm guessing it's a slim chance ...

Actually it was a Trollius that was unsorted ;-) Todd tells me it might be T. acaulis. http://www.alpinissimum.de/Homepage/gartenrdg/Fotogalerie/Trollius acaulis.jpg Thanks Todd :-) It does look very similar to that one, except the foliage on T. acaulis seems to be more divided than on mine (?). Here's a photo of T. dzshungaricus: http://magnar.aspaker.no/trollius dzshungaricus.JPG and this is T. riederianus: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/210436/ The foliage looks pretty similar to mine (?) although they seem to be a bit taller ... I managed to misspell both of them earlier, sorry about that!

sorry to be hogging this thread with this question ... I'll post over on the ID forum ;-)

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



May 11, 2009
12:47 PM

Post #6533056

Rann, I am not familiar with those other Trollius species, so your's might indeed be one of them rather than acaulis.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 11, 2009
9:52 PM

Post #6535559

This is the iris I was refering to on your site, Rann:
http://www.gardaflora.is/slensk-heiti/fjolaerar-plontur-e/iris-setosa-fra-alaska-var-arctica---engjairis
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 11, 2009
11:26 PM

Post #6535999

Oh yes, I'd forgotten about that Lefwood. lol Tanks! You've got a sharp eye! So the question is: could that be Iris setosa var. arctica? The label read Iris setosa from Alaska ...

Thanks Todd :-)

The weather is awful right now, wind and rain so I have no new photos to share ... my Ranunculus alpestris is flowering right now, I need to get a photo of it once the weather improves.

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



May 11, 2009
11:30 PM

Post #6536013

Wet snow here today! YUCK! Suppose to get sunny tomorrow so maybe by Wednesday I'll get some updated pics too.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 12, 2009
7:52 AM

Post #6537579

OK - you win bad weather wise ;-) lol
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
1:58 AM

Post #6541398

I bought some of those Colchicum agrippinum bulbs from Buggycrazy last fall that were at such a good price. They have all been up for quite a long time now, and with an added surprise - the leaves undulate!

Doing a bit of internet research, it seems this species is often sold as a species, but is actually a hybrid, much the same as Fritillaria michailovskyi. Todd, I wonder how these compare to yours from Ruksan?

Never-the-less, I am very pleased:

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
2:02 AM

Post #6541408

Fritillaria meleagris with Pulsatilla turczaninovii. Gentiana septemfida in the foreground.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
2:05 AM

Post #6541415

The same P. turczaninovii later, and on a windy day.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
2:10 AM

Post #6541440

Iris suaveolens. For me this species is very susceptible to encroachment. The slightest bit of protection makes the leaves grow straight, instead of the most excellent arcing that they do. Height: 4-5 inches.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
2:13 AM

Post #6541444

Iris suaveolens var. rubromarginata

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
2:16 AM

Post #6541458

A very nicely colored Jeffersonia dubia. A seedling from a fellow NARGS Chapter member.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
2:18 AM

Post #6541462

The same.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
2:20 AM

Post #6541469

My poor primulas always have a hard time. My garden is too dry. But they survive!
Primula auricula

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
2:25 AM

Post #6541482

Trillium sessile. You can see the interesting seed pod developing.

And Epimedium pubigerum 'Orangekönigan'

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
2:28 AM

Post #6541491

Less far along, Trillium luteum.

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



May 13, 2009
9:55 AM

Post #6542142

Rick, your Jeffersonia seems to have extra petals...much fuller-looking effect. Your Trilliums are about the same stage as ours...I expect you will start to pass me any day!
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2009
11:05 AM

Post #6542256

Great plants Leftwood!

Your Jeffersonia dubia is gorgeous and I love the Iris suavolens :-) Oh and those Trilliums are soooo cool too :-)

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



May 13, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #6543031

Correction Rick, you are now ahead of me...my sessile and luteum are not in bloom yet.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 13, 2009
6:17 PM

Post #6543856

Yes, I noticed the extra petals on this Jeff last year too, but there extra on maybe half of the flowers then. (It only had half the number of flowers then, too.) I need to talk to Nancy (who has the mother plant) and see what hers does. I don't remember it having more than 6 petals per, but her flowers do have an even better color. Hers is actually more bluish and has a glistening quality in the petals.

Todd, is your C. agrippinum wavy leafed like what I have?

Iris lutescens 'Campbellii' opened today for the first time:

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



May 13, 2009
11:15 PM

Post #6545009

Yes Rick, C. agrippinum has wavy-margined foliage...and also small-sized compared to the other Colchicums.

Here are some of the latest to bloom...Heloniopsis orientalis

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



May 13, 2009
11:16 PM

Post #6545014

Primula marginata

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



May 13, 2009
11:17 PM

Post #6545017

Primula laurentiana...a Newfoundland native

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



May 13, 2009
11:18 PM

Post #6545023

Pulsatilla georgica

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



May 13, 2009
11:18 PM

Post #6545027

Primula Windrush

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



May 13, 2009
11:19 PM

Post #6545031

Erythronium White Beauty

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



May 13, 2009
11:20 PM

Post #6545035

Vitalliana primuliflora

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



May 13, 2009
11:21 PM

Post #6545039

and I'll end with Rhododendron lapponicum...another Newfoundland native

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 13, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #6545094

Great plants Todd :-) Love the two natives, especially the Rhododendron. What's the secret to such a profusely flowering Vitaliana? Mine's also flowering now but it only has a few flowers on it. It's never flowered like that! Gorgeous! :-) Still horribly windy here so still no photos ...

Rann
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 14, 2009
3:03 AM

Post #6545953

And another Vitaliana! This one is V. primuliflora v. cinerea... though I don't know what characteristics specify the variety.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 14, 2009
3:07 AM

Post #6545972

Veronica bombycina ssp. bolkardaghensis, starting to bloom. I think I'll be compelled to post another shot of this later as it progresses; the combination of icy green foliage and pale blue flowers promises to be quite stunning!

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 14, 2009
3:13 AM

Post #6546003

Jeffersonia dubia... just a baby, but the colour is quite good! (It was labelled by the local grower as 'ex. dark form'.)

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 14, 2009
3:16 AM

Post #6546015

Adonis vernalis.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 14, 2009
3:19 AM

Post #6546032

Only an alpine wanna-be, Muscari latifolium:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 14, 2009
3:24 AM

Post #6546059

An update on Pulmonaria altaica, a Halda introduction from Siberia - a lovely thing with leaves that feel like a black lab's ears.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 14, 2009
3:28 AM

Post #6546082

Look at the buds on Physaria didymocarpa this year! It will be spectacular... or at least as spectacular as these things get, LOL!

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 14, 2009
3:31 AM

Post #6546101

Erysimum nivale 'Mountain Magic'...

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 14, 2009
3:37 AM

Post #6546131

Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Giant'... from the north side shadow of the house, and thus, just opened.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 14, 2009
3:43 AM

Post #6546163

Schivereckia podolica and a handsome andrenid bee (Andrena milwaukeensis, or so I believe, anyway). I read that S. podolica is now endangered in some (all?) parts of its native range.

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



May 14, 2009
12:00 PM

Post #6546828

I'm jealous with your dry-land alpines...I can't grow Physaria or V. bombycina...fuzz and 60" rain don't mix well. Otherwise, looks like Calgary and St. John's are at the same stage in regards to plants...my Muscari and Chionodoxa are also blooming.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 14, 2009
1:50 PM

Post #6547169

Excellent plants, Alta. The veronica is quite enticing, Jeffersonia wonderfully colored, and the Physaria is obviously very happy. I like Pulmonarias without leaf spots best. Love some fresh seed from that if you get the chance.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 15, 2009
2:38 PM

Post #6551860

"Jealous", Todd?!!? LOL! Gee, it seems you are able to grow everything beautifully BUT those two species, perhaps - it is me who is envious! Fabulous plants! The ericaceous ones really kill me, as only bare survival is possible for the toughest in my grim conditions.
Rick, yes, I will make every effort to collect seed this year, and I'll check if I still have your address in the catacombs somewhere. I'll have to collect lots of seed, now that I hope to participate in the seedex for both NARGS and SRGC! Your Pulsatilla turczaninovii, especially, is absolutely wonderful - incredible downy flowers! How old is that plant now? After your photos got me going on this species, I grew them from seed last year and so will at least get to see a sparse bloom or two this year, barring some calamity.



This message was edited May 15, 2009 9:30 AM
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



May 15, 2009
5:29 PM

Post #6552590

I've decided to put in a crevice garden this weekend...nothing elaborate...about 5 X 5 feet. I picked up the rocks last night. I'll post pics once finished. I have lots of seedlings coming along to fill the cracks! It was a hard winter on ericaceous plants around here...more like a Calgary winter LOL!...I lost my entire heath bed...hence the space for the new crevice garden!
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 15, 2009
5:56 PM

Post #6552692

Can't wait to see how it turns out! :-)

Rann
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2009
7:29 PM

Post #6553037

Sounds promising...
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 16, 2009
12:46 AM

Post #6554165

Alta, you'd be surprised how easy it is to collect enough seed for the exchanges. You won't have any problems. Don't know if SRGC allows moist packed seed from North America. Not sure if it would be an issue, since they send overseas seed through customs.

I feel like singing from the Wizard of Oz - ♫ Ding dong, the willow's dead . . .
Finally, after a battle all season last year, I am semi-safe in declaring it dead. Now it is going to be the centerpiece for my new rock garden! And even my neighbors love the idea!

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 16, 2009
12:51 AM

Post #6554187

Iris reichenbachii opened today, this time the ones in the troughs.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 16, 2009
12:55 AM

Post #6554210

I never said design and scale were a strongpoints of mine . . .

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 16, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6554230

It really does have nice netting in the throat area.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 16, 2009
1:27 AM

Post #6554336

This just opened for the first time too. It was given to me as am Iris sanguinea seedling, but obviously wasn't, because the foliage is so different (and now the flowers, too).

Iris minutoaurea

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 16, 2009
1:51 AM

Post #6554433

Rick, I had to get an extra customs package last year just for the NARGS seedex, so this year, I think I'll ask for two or three right off the bat. ;>)
I have I. reichenbachii in a trough too, so you're not the only one! Well, it's a rectangular trough, so I'm hoping for an interesting asymetry... LOL! (Actually, I'll just be happy if it blooms!)

Draba ventosa:


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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 16, 2009
2:02 AM

Post #6554483

I. minutoaurea looks very interesting - the shape of the uprights, especially!

Hacquetia epipactis:

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 16, 2009
2:29 AM

Post #6554580

Iris minutoaurea is a shy bloomer. Look at how large the plant is, and this is the first time it bloomed.

Draba rigida, Dracocephalum botryoides and that iris again.

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



May 16, 2009
11:14 AM

Post #6555429

Rick, that Iris minutoaurea is exquisite...please save seed!

A 'studio' shot of my Anemone nemorosa 'Allenii' (just a black cardboard placed behind the plant)

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



May 16, 2009
11:15 AM

Post #6555432

Salix jejuna...a Newfoundland endemic

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



May 16, 2009
11:17 AM

Post #6555434

Salix reticulata...the leaves are so shiny it really needs to be taken on a cloudy day.

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



May 16, 2009
11:18 AM

Post #6555437

Primula pedemontana

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



May 16, 2009
11:19 AM

Post #6555439

and I'm delighted that my Diapensia is blooming! (another Newfoundland native)

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 16, 2009
1:19 PM

Post #6555706

Has anyone had any experiece with Iris minutoaurea? Does it set seed by itself, or do I need to hand pollinize? Some iris species here don't seem to get pollinized on their own, or the associated insect is lacking . . . or something.

I guess I'll HP two, and not the third. Fortunately, they are still open today. This could be a challenge: they are so small about 1 to 1.25 inches in diameter, and less than 3 inches high. Finding a method to crouch down in that garden will be a puzzle.

Just went out and checked out my other minutoaurea. This one I bought from Rice Creek Gardens in 2006 (the first from seed started in 2005). It is about one-fourth the size of the first, and has three buds for the first time too! One is opening today, so I can cross pollinate.

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



May 17, 2009
10:32 PM

Post #6561754

Stage one in the new crevice garden...I ran out of rock! I am also trying to accomodate plants already in place.

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



May 18, 2009
10:53 PM

Post #6566963

Spent another day working on the crevice garden...all the rock is in place and the plants in. In a couple of weeks I'll add a topdressing of fine gravel...want the new darlings to bulk up a bit first!

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



May 18, 2009
10:56 PM

Post #6566974

A long view of the new garden...it is essentially triangular in shape

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



May 18, 2009
10:58 PM

Post #6566976

and a pic of part of my trough collection

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 19, 2009
12:51 AM

Post #6567467

Very nice Todd! Its always nice to have a spot to plant
new acquisitions and seedlings. Can't wait to see them
all plumped up and thriving.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 19, 2009
1:56 AM

Post #6567814

Looks good, Todd - such potential! Sally, I love the look of the boulder bed you put in - just wonderful! I plan on putting in a tufa bed this spring... fortunately, I still have some (well, several) old beds that need renovation. I'd really prefer to start fresh though... so much easier with a clean slate, than having to dig up and move things, and keep track of new positions and identities. Oh well.

A little snow overnight, but gone in a few hours; cold misty rain today.
Dianthus myrtinervius ssp. caespitosus, starting to bloom.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 19, 2009
2:32 AM

Post #6568058

Gentiana verna, from seed last year, and starting to bloom.

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



May 19, 2009
9:55 AM

Post #6568951

Congrats on the Gentian! I've never been able to keep that stinker alive over winter.
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 19, 2009
11:29 AM

Post #6569103

I've had no luck with gentians either..
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 19, 2009
12:36 PM

Post #6569312

Gentians aren't difficult here... must be our drier climate, I imagine. G. acaulis grows easily, right in clay... kind of surprising to come upon big blooming batches of these in the yards of people who are essentially non-gardeners, LOL!
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 20, 2009
12:35 AM

Post #6572108

You've already got tons of jewels in that new crevice garden, Todd! Nice pics.

I have Dianthus mytinervis seedlings, now that I see the mature plant, I'm excited.

I haven't even tried the small gentians from seed yet. I guess I am working in to them from the larger species.

Dryas octopetala. They keep collecting the leaves that blow around...

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 20, 2009
12:39 AM

Post #6572119

Epimedium lishischenii

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 20, 2009
12:42 AM

Post #6572128

Epimedium stellatum 'Wudang Star' (hanging over Jeffersonia dubia foliage)

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 20, 2009
12:44 AM

Post #6572134

Epimedium grandiflorum noid

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 20, 2009
12:52 AM

Post #6572163

Epimedium x youngianum 'Beni-kujaku'

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 20, 2009
12:56 AM

Post #6572179

Hesperis kotchyi
you can't really see the foliage. A seedling just happened to come up in the "wrong" place.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 20, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6572186

Saruma henryi

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 20, 2009
1:01 AM

Post #6572196

Our native Thalictrum(Anemonella) thalictroides

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



May 20, 2009
9:47 AM

Post #6573518

You are way ahead of us now Rick...our Saruma is only a few inches high and Epimediums just showing buds. All my Hesperis died over the winter...it was a wicked winter this year with lack of snow cover.
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 20, 2009
10:11 AM

Post #6573547

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



May 20, 2009
1:25 PM

Post #6574060

Update...the first Epimedium alpinum are blooming today
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 20, 2009
11:14 PM

Post #6576287

I had terrible seed set on my H. kotchyi last year. Hopefully this year will be better.

Okay, I know you all think I have a "disease" called Pulsatilla turczaninovii on the brain, but my two mature plants are really taking on their own personalities this year. (Although, they have always been a little different.)

This pic taken today on a day so windy that the gails picked up a $350 barbecue grill at work like it was Auntie Em's farmhouse on the Wizard of Oz - 2 feet off the ground moved it 7 feet away. Completely demolished, of course.

I think the diminishing moisture is making the petal ends curve back more.

P.S. These digital cameras make thing so easy. I wouldn't of had a prayer of taking any photos at all today with my film camera.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 21, 2009
3:11 AM

Post #6577336

A windswept Trillium luteum

To the left, a little Deinanthe caerulea
Next to the rock, Disporopsis pernyi
Behind the rock, Helleborus purpurescens
Behind, Uvularia grandiflora

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 21, 2009
3:13 AM

Post #6577345

Iris sintenisii ssp. brandzae

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 21, 2009
3:55 AM

Post #6577489

Very nice, Rick! Love that pulsatilla! I find that Dienanthe caerulea needs a lot of water... had to move it into shade to keep it from wilting every day, though it doesn't even get hot here. Have you found that?
Your epimediums are way ahead of mine - I see one flower open on the most advanced, which is E. x rubrum... and that's it. Same for your dryas.

Edit: Oh, and BTW, now that you have a digital camera, we expect a lot more pix!!! ;>)

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 21, 2009
8:35 AM

Post #6577878

Fabulous pulsatilla. We have rain at the moment not winds..
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 21, 2009
5:33 PM

Post #6579380

The Dienanthe caerulea came from Chen Yi back in 2006. I guess I didn't know what it really was then because I had put mulched in full sun. It came up and went dormant very quickly (3-4 weeks), and I thought it died. The next year it returned and did the same thing. Year three I transplanted it in the shade of an Amelanchier, and it's been doing comparatively well. Obviously still a small plant, but no, I haven't found it to wilt easily in the shade. However, our summer air is much more humid than yours. FYI, a Chapter member here has a huge one - almost a meter in diameter! It grows in complete shade.

E. x rubrum is always the first to bloom here too. I don't have E. alpinum.

All my pics this year have been digital, as I got the camera last winter. My "problem" now is that I am stll back on my old WinME pc with a tiny tiny cpu. Takes a lot longer to edit and send pics. With my film camera, I used to really labor with a tripod on still days, etc. to get any decent pic of a flower. Now I feel like I am cheating!

Valeriana montana (I think).

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 21, 2009
5:37 PM

Post #6579393

That last Valeriana, and this Veronica liwanensis grow between stepping stones in full sun dry clay. It's a wonder they survive at all! Liwanensis does better than V. oltensis.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 21, 2009
5:48 PM

Post #6579447

A small Corydalis ochroleuca. A normal size plant in the background.

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perenniallyme
Jamaica Plain, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #6584868

Leftwood, do you know if corydalis ochroleuca makes viable seed? My luteas seed all over the place, but I haven't as yet found any ochroleuca babies from the one I planted last year. I know my blue corydalis is supposed to be sterile, but is quite different from the other 2.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 23, 2009
7:49 PM

Post #6587905

Corydalis ochroleuca does make viable seed, and is self fertile (you don't need two different plants). The one pictured is a volunteer seedling. (Who could have planted it in such a small crack?) The species seeds around nicely for us in MN, but is not a thug as C. lutea can be. I do not grow lutea for that reason. I have germinated seed of C. ochroleuca just for kicks, too. This season, I am going to try germinating C. solida.

I don't think I found any babies of ochroleuca sprouting up until a couple years after my first plant was in the ground. With all the seed it produces, you'd think gathering seed would be quick and a cinch. In reality, it requires a bit more patience than you'd think.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2009
9:19 PM

Post #6588184

Gorgeous plants everyone :-)

OK here are a few plants that are flowering now:

First up a very pretty pink Pulsatilla vulgaris I raised from seed:

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2009
9:20 PM

Post #6588188

Tulipa tarda

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2009
9:22 PM

Post #6588192

Ranunculus alpestris

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2009
9:25 PM

Post #6588218

A white Pulsatilla vulgaris:

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2009
9:26 PM

Post #6588223

Polemonium repens just starting into bloom:

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2009
9:28 PM

Post #6588228

Erythronium revolutum 'White Beauty'

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



May 23, 2009
9:33 PM

Post #6588245

Rann, your alpines are at the exact same stage as mine. Wonderful! (but somewhat depressing considering I'm so much further south!)
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #6588331

Thanks Todd :-) It's been an unusually warm spring (second year in a row) so this isn't really typical ... not complaining though! lol

Ranunculus parnassifolius

Rann

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

May 23, 2009
10:10 PM

Post #6588376

Saxifraga oppositifolia - it needs a better spot. It gets drowned in a neighboring dianthus every year so I never get more than one flower ... I think it would do better in the stone walll.

Rann

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



May 23, 2009
11:06 PM

Post #6588555

It's been warmer than usual here too...although its suppose to be cool all next week.

Here is Daphne retusa

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



May 23, 2009
11:08 PM

Post #6588562

Oxalis ennaphylla Minutifolium...had some help in the cold frame so blooming earlier than usual.

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



May 23, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #6588566

Caltha palustris Flore Pleno

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



May 23, 2009
11:10 PM

Post #6588571

Trillium grandiflorum

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perenniallyme
Jamaica Plain, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 23, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #6588665

Lovely plants, rannveig. I especially love the pink pulsatilla and the white erythronium.

Thanks for the info Leftwood. I'll bet if I get any ochroleuca babies, they'll be crossed with one of the many lutea I have. Hope they're not pale yellow. I like the bright yellow and the white with the spot of yellow and green.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 24, 2009
1:06 AM

Post #6589029

Gentiana verna, from seed last year, now open!

EDIT: Acckk, where did the photo go??!?

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 24, 2009
1:13 AM

Post #6589051

One more time... G. verna... (I swear, I saw the photo in the preview!)

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 24, 2009
1:15 AM

Post #6589057

Aubrieta deltoides 'Blue Indigo':

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 24, 2009
1:17 AM

Post #6589066

Pulsatilla campanella, and some Lewisia rediviva seedlings to the left:

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 24, 2009
2:27 AM

Post #6589303

You certainly have the touch with those gentians, Alta. And rediviva seedlings! What luck (or skill)!

Epimedium davidii. I have better pics of the flowers, but this one shows the most excellent foliage and the contrasting calyx.

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



May 24, 2009
9:07 AM

Post #6590145

I'd say skill with the gentian...blooming the second year from seed is a challenge for any Gentian, let alone a VERNA!
goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

May 24, 2009
1:09 PM

Post #6590469

Hi all,

Thanks for sharing many pictures of wonderful alpine plants which I can't grow in here zone9. I miss seeing spring ephemerals in my garden and I feel already the signs of summer around the corner in here.

Lilium rubellum

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goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

May 24, 2009
1:11 PM

Post #6590473

Hydrangea serrata

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



May 24, 2009
9:41 PM

Post #6592137

Goldenfish, neither of those plants bloom here until August! You live in a different world!

In my part of the world, the Androsace sempervivoides are starting.

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



May 24, 2009
9:42 PM

Post #6592142

Armeria caespitosa

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



May 24, 2009
9:43 PM

Post #6592146

Lathyrus vernus...a bit of a weed really as it self-seeds all over the garden

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



May 24, 2009
9:44 PM

Post #6592147

Primula hirsuta

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



May 24, 2009
9:44 PM

Post #6592150

Pulsatilla bungeana...grown from seed last year

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



May 24, 2009
9:46 PM

Post #6592153

Ranunculus kochii...looks like a double R. ficaria to me!

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perenniallyme
Jamaica Plain, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 26, 2009
9:47 PM

Post #6601266

This may not be the right place for it, but I have to say the pulsatilla turczaninovii that I wintersowed and had given up on, has finally sprouted! I can't say the same for either of the gentians, though.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2009
7:13 AM

Post #6603266

P. turczaninovii is very late in spring emergence and flowering, compared to other pulsatillas.

Fritillaria camschatcensis

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2009
7:15 AM

Post #6603269

Iris cristata 'Vein Mountain'

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2009
7:20 AM

Post #6603271

Lewisia pygmaea

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2009
7:21 AM

Post #6603272

Penstemon paysoniorum

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2009
7:28 AM

Post #6603278

Podophyllum hexandrum. Definitely Chinese, as it came from Chen Yi, but notice the three part leaves. It is flowering so it can't still be juvenile foliage. This has got me wondering if it is really hexandrum, or some other species.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2009
7:31 AM

Post #6603280

Trillium erectum

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2009
7:34 AM

Post #6603281

Valeriana montana (I think). A surprisingly tough plant, considering the hot, dry clay that it grows in.

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



May 27, 2009
9:24 AM

Post #6603356

I have two P. hexandrums...one white the other pink. I think my white one also has just 3 lobes. I will have to check this out.

We had 2" of snow yesterday! Amazing to see with appleblossoms out! Didn't seem to do any damage.

Poor PJM rhododendron!

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



May 27, 2009
9:43 AM

Post #6603369

Primula veris nodding more than usual!

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



May 27, 2009
9:43 AM

Post #6603370

A Primula denticulata snowball!

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



May 27, 2009
9:44 AM

Post #6603371

The leopard's bane are NOT happy!

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



May 27, 2009
9:45 AM

Post #6603372

The lingering Muscari sort of look nice!

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2009
3:48 PM

Post #6604537

So it looks like this is Primula veris too. Can anyone tell for sure?

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2009
3:50 PM

Post #6604547

Same

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



May 27, 2009
4:00 PM

Post #6604598

Looks like veris with perhaps some elatior genes (resulting in veris flowers that face more upwards)
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

May 27, 2009
5:00 PM

Post #6604918

Snow! Dear me...! Hopefully it won't stay long. My P hexandrum looks like yours Leftwood but it has never flowered.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 27, 2009
7:07 PM

Post #6605385

Thanks, Todd.

Symphyandra wanneri

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



May 27, 2009
11:55 PM

Post #6606568

My white hexandrum indeed has 3 lobed leaves.

The snow only stayed for a few hours. Started about 8:30 in the morning, stopped by noon with about 2 inches. Mostly all melted by 4 pm. Quite a freak but made for some interesting pictures!
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 28, 2009
3:50 AM

Post #6607758

Ooops, I have to correct myself! I have been thinking about that Gentiana verna lately and wondering, "Was it one of the ones I grew from seed last year... ?!?!?" I just looked through my 2008 seed-starting list, and through my order receipts, and I did grow G. scabra, pannonica, purpurea and punctata from seed (managing to kill all of the pannonica, though)... but not G. verna. It turns out I actually got G. verna from Wrightman's. So sorry to have misled you all!

Carrying on with a red face...
Polemonium confertum... which I did not grow from seed!

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 28, 2009
3:52 AM

Post #6607765

Close-up of Polemonium confertum:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 28, 2009
3:56 AM

Post #6607787

Okay, this one I did grow from seed last year... really!
First flower on Pulsatilla turczaninovii... I can't wait until mine are like yours, Leftwood!

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 28, 2009
4:03 AM

Post #6607813

Not an alpine, but interesting... some hairy little troll-ish seedlings of Syneilesis from last year. (I grew both S. aconitifolia and S. palmata, and planted them out in the same area, so will have to figure out which is which, later on, if possible.)

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 28, 2009
4:06 AM

Post #6607825

Myosotis decumbens, starting to bloom.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 28, 2009
4:08 AM

Post #6607837

Androsace mariae, starting to bloom:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 28, 2009
4:15 AM

Post #6607857

This was purchased a few years ago as the possibly-mythical(?) Epimedium pallidum... It's turned out to be E. x versicolor 'Sulphureum':

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 28, 2009
4:18 AM

Post #6607873

Iris lutescens campbellii:

EDIT: BTW, Todd, we had 10" of snow in early June one memorable spring... a very strange sight with tulip flowers sticking up over (well, drooping over) the snow... I'm not sure I can take too many more things like that, LOL!

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



May 28, 2009
9:24 AM

Post #6608222

I've been in Calgary when you had snow in late May with lilacs were in full bloom. While the snow fell here it was a deja vu to that day in Calgary!

Last night dropped to 0 C...I expect to see some damage later in the day, esp. on the rhodo flowers.

Some choice plants there...esp. the pulsatilla. That one is similar to bungeana.

Never heard of Syneilesis...?
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

May 28, 2009
12:15 PM

Post #6608499

"Shredded umbrella plant"... interesting foliage; the flowers, not so much.
http://images.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=syneilesis&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 28, 2009
5:26 PM

Post #6609708

I grew Syneilesis aconitifolia from seed last year too! But we had a summer torrential downpour and the water off the house roof washed half of the soil out of the pots. I don't remember what all was going on that week, but I didn't realize it for a few days. Amazingly, many of them were still standing on root "stilts", with the soil just washed away under them. Others, well, I don't want to talk about them. Most of them ended up losing their one leaf, and I figured them for dead, but kept the pots anyway. Good thing! Most came up this spring, and I've been dying to tell someone about them ever since.

Here's most of the crop from two seed lots: pink, and white flowering. The round leaves in the blue pot(cup) are this spring's seedlings of Syneilesis intermedia. Syneilesis certainly has an interesting early growth pattern.

And I guess you can see that our midwest springs are short and sweet compared to Lori's and Todd's. Our spring happens very quickly.

Edit spelling

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 28, 2009
6:40 PM

Post #6609969

I really like that Polemonium confertum. Most polemoniums don't do much for me.

Alta, I see you're just as excited as I was the first time I saw P.turczaninovii bloom. I believe it was the third your for me. I am the first to admit my shortfalls in the plant care department. I have found that the first year bloom (for me) was not exactly replicated in future years. It's funny about Todd's comment: "That one is similar to bungeana". It's what I thought with his pic of bungeana.

Below is my Epimedium x versicolor 'Sulphureum' from a local nursery.

I am beginning to wonder if "campbellii" is a valid epithet. It is only tentative in the RHS data base http://www.rhs.org.uk/Databases/HortDatabase.asp?ID=92080 , and does not exist as a naturally occuring designation in the Iris Species data base. Zipcode Zoo says it is a cultivar http://zipcodezoo.com/plants/i/iris_lutescens_campbellii/ , but obviously, Alta's and mine on this thread are different, as are many others'. I am thinking best no botanical designation at all?

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goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2009
3:05 PM

Post #6613714

Beautiful flowers everyone! I just feast my eyes on your pics:)
Nioi-hange (Pinellia cordata) is blooming.
It smells sweet like banana.

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



May 29, 2009
6:22 PM

Post #6614490

What a cute yet bizarre little creature!
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

May 30, 2009
5:33 AM

Post #6616738

I didn't know there were any Pinellia with simple leaves (not lobed or disected), let alone variegated. Very cool!
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 1, 2009
11:30 AM

Post #6625500

Here is June's thread

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/996371/

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