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.
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?
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 .. www.gardaflora.is It's all in Icelandic but the latin names are the same ;-)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 ...
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?
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.
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:
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 ...
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!
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.
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.
"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.
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!
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!
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!! ;>)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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!
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.
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.