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



June 1, 2009
11:23 AM

Post #6625480

A new month, a new thread. It is coming into Erigeron season around my parts, so I'll start with E. aureus 'Canary Bird'. Got this one from Beavercreek two years ago.

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



June 1, 2009
11:25 AM

Post #6625487

Erigeron vetensis...grown from seed that came from Panayoti Kelaidis. We have this one in our alpine house at work...never tried it outside.

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



June 1, 2009
11:28 AM

Post #6625493

In the wild, our native (only one) Erigeron hyssopifolius is also blooming.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 1, 2009
1:52 PM

Post #6625995

At the MN Arboretum Rock Garden - Erigeron scopulinus. A sparse bloomer for us, not sure why that is. It's a very small, flat, mat forming plant.

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



June 1, 2009
9:49 PM

Post #6627838

Here is my Podophyllum with 3 lobes...no markings to speak of either

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



June 1, 2009
9:49 PM

Post #6627843

Arisaema sikkokianum

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



June 1, 2009
9:50 PM

Post #6627844

Anemone multifida 'Lutea' (sown last year as A. magellanica)

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



June 1, 2009
9:51 PM

Post #6627854

Another of my so-called P. bungeana...this one has much smaller flowers than my first one.

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



June 1, 2009
9:53 PM

Post #6627858

Aquilegia canadensis with Rhododendron tapetiforme

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 2, 2009
10:51 PM

Post #6632887

I see you have a variegated leaf form of sikkokianum too.
Those are wonderful "black" flower stems on the anemone.

Gosh Todd, that Pulsatilla pic is the spirit and image of mine when they were small - leaves and flowers. The source of my seed was the NARGS seed exchange 2005, and I looked back to see the donors - three of them. The seeds get mixed together before distribution. I don't recognize any of the names, but I do have them, if it might help to piece together verification. I have never question the identity of this one. It was only the second year I tried any alpines from seed, and of course back then, believed the package label as gospel.

As an update report, I had the dickens trying to find any pollen on the anthers of Iris minutaourea. There were only a few grains that I actually saw, and I tried different ages of flowers. I am happy (I guess) to report that I do have one seed pod, and it was with the grains that I saw. Hope it is filled . . .

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 2, 2009
10:53 PM

Post #6632895

On the other hand, Iris reichenbachii needs no help at all.

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



June 2, 2009
11:23 PM

Post #6633019

Keeping my fingers crossed in regards to the iris seeds!

I'm delighted that my Phyliopsis Sugar Plum survived the winter. Most of the Calluna and Erica around here took a hard beating this winter.

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



June 2, 2009
11:24 PM

Post #6633026

Lewisia season is starting...first time I've bloomed L. brachycalyx...lots of buds to come

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



June 2, 2009
11:25 PM

Post #6633033

and L. stebbensii...waiting for more flowers to open on L. glandulosa and pygmaea as their flowers are rather small.

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 3, 2009
8:27 AM

Post #6634838

All very pretty Todd and Leftwood :-)

Todd - my Lewisias haven't started flowering yet, except L. nevada which was in the coldframe last winter so it got a head start.

I grew this from seed marked as Lewisia longipetala, but it looks like Lewisia nevadensis to me ...

Rann

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 3, 2009
8:30 AM

Post #6634840

Gentiana dinarica or at least I bought it as that ... my perennial book says that G. dinarica doesn't have green spots ... so maybe it's G. acaulis or some other gentian ? Looking at photos on the internet, most of the photos of G. dinarica had the green spots ... so either no one has the right plant or my book is wrong (?).

Rann

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



June 3, 2009
9:52 AM

Post #6634933

Rann, the lewisia does look like nevadensis...I have longipetala as well as some hybrids and they are all pink shades with different foliage...strangely, nevadensis is one of the more common species lewisia and I don't have it.

The acaulis group of gentians are a real mess. Our BG has grown acaulis for years but according to my 'keying out' it is actually angustifolia 'Frei'. They are beauties regardless!
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 6, 2009
11:28 PM

Post #6651493

Delosperma basuticum, so far, I have found to be the best of the genus for here. WAY better than nubigenum - nice and compact, way more floriferous, and not as picky about winter wet.

Seen here also is out native Escobaria vivipara.

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



June 7, 2009
11:08 AM

Post #6653134

basuticum is the only one that it reliable here as well. The on ein our alpine house at work is in full bloom but mine outside is just starting to bud.

Lewisia stebbensii is looking better and better

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



June 7, 2009
11:09 AM

Post #6653136

and a new charmer...I grew this Campanula alpina from seed last year. The plant was so small I did not expect blooms this year but here it is! The whole plant is not much larger than a silver dollar!

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



June 7, 2009
11:11 AM

Post #6653141

in the new crevice garden...A. discolor...not sure how it differs from A. flabellata 'Nana'..maybe even smaller in size but its a first time bloomer so the jury is out on that.

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



June 7, 2009
11:12 AM

Post #6653142

Mertensia lanceolata...I'm amazed how well this dry-lander has performed for me.

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



June 7, 2009
11:14 AM

Post #6653146

Geranium 'Lissidel'...lovely silvery foliage

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



June 7, 2009
11:16 AM

Post #6653149

a funky pick of G. angustifolia 'Frei' with a black cardboard placed behind

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



June 7, 2009
11:17 AM

Post #6653153

and even thouh not an alpine, I grew this Paeonia mlokosewitschii from seed. After 4 years it has bloomed for the first time. Much more pink that I expected.

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 7, 2009
11:34 AM

Post #6653192

Thanks Todd - yes they are beauties whatever the name! :-) Wonderful plants! edited to add: That Campanula is just too cute! :-)

Leftwood - Gorgeous! Is this Delosperma actually hardy? It looks like something that would grow in a southern desert ... if both you and Todd can grow it, could it possibly survive up here??? I'm intrigued ... ;-) lol

Here's another gentian I'm very excited about, opened it's first bloom yesterday ... grown from seed last year. Gentiana bavarica

Rann



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



June 7, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6653860

bavarica looks very similar to verna...must be part of that same group...a group I am hopeless at growing!

Rann, I expect Delosperma basuticum would do fine for you. Just give it a well-drained spot that is reasonably warm. I'll keep you in mind if mine sets seed.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 8, 2009
4:08 AM

Post #6657039

Sounds like that Campanula alpina is going to be monocarpic. Apparently, the species can be sometimes.

Berberis thunbergii 'Concorde'. More dwarf than Crimson Pygmy, and the flowers are rather showy. The leaf sheen is very dull, just like the bloom on a grape. It gives the plant a very cool (temperature-wise) look. Very amenable to the rock garden, IMO.

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



June 8, 2009
9:49 AM

Post #6657433

Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea Nana' is also ideal for the rock garden...very tight and bright. I have to get cuttings from the one at our BG.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 8, 2009
2:28 PM

Post #6658257

That one is nice.

Any idea how cold hardy Aurea Nana is compared to the other yellow berberis that flood the nursery market?

And I had forgotten to comment on how quickly you got your peony from seed to bloom - fantastic!!!
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 8, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #6660376

I grew three others but they are still a few years away from blooming I expect. The mlokosewitchii has four stems so is well on its way to being a specimen plant.

Not sure how hardy the Aurea Nana is...it certianly survives in central Nova Scotia where temps can fall to -30 C.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
4:04 PM

Post #6663694

Yes Todd, the bavarica looks very simila to G. verna ... I've tried growing that one a few times with zero luck ... I have a very tiny plant in my raised bed that I bought a few years ago that is barely hanging on and hasn't grown at all. All the more excitement to get flowers on this one so soon :-)

The berberis are both very neat looking Todd and Leftwood ... haven't seen these dwarf cultivars around here.

Here's Phlox subulata:

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
4:52 PM

Post #6663910

And Geranium farreri:

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2009
4:54 PM

Post #6663916

Oxalis enneaphylla 'Rosea'

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 9, 2009
7:42 PM

Post #6664594

i am going to have to keep an eye out for Geranium ferreri. Very nice!
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 9, 2009
7:53 PM

Post #6664636

Not an alpine, but it is a dwarf species:
Tradescantia tharpii

It blooms 2 weeks earlier than ohioensis, tops out at 17inches and is much more tidy with shorter leaves.

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2009
10:08 AM

Post #6667425

If my Geranium farreri sets seed I'd be willing to trade it for some fresh Jeffersonia dubia seed ;-)

Here's Veronica prostrata:

Rann


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goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

June 10, 2009
2:33 PM

Post #6668152

Hi all,

This strange flower is Rohdea japonica.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 10, 2009
11:42 PM

Post #6670468

I would like that Rann. Unfortunately my multiple petal dubia has never set seed, and this year is no exception. But My other regular one does. And since you reminded me, I just went out to check on the seed pods. The first couple are barely cracking, so seed is definitely ripe in those, and more to come, so I will be sending you some soon. This is a regular lavender form. Dmail me your address and I'll send them off. These seeds should set down roots this season, but not send up a leaf until next spring.

Might anyone else like some?

Rann, your Veronica sure is floriflerous!

Goldenfish, a very interesting Rohdea. Those are seed pods, right?
And is the whole species variegated, or do you have a certain cultivar?
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2009
10:06 AM

Post #6672225

Thanks Leftwood! :-) How exciting!

I'll D-mail you :-)

Rann
goldenfish
Tottori
Japan
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2009
1:31 PM

Post #6672778

Leftwood,

These look like seed pods but they are flowers:)
It produces beautiful red berries in autumn though, they are uneatable.
The elementary species are not variegated and mine is cv.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 11, 2009
10:29 PM

Post #6675024

Oh yes, I see now, Goldenfish. I zoomed in on the flowers, and there are indeed sexual parts of the flowers peaking inside. Strange flowers, but very interesting.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:00 AM

Post #6681192

Prunus aff. prostrata.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:02 AM

Post #6681194

Haplopappus lyallii:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:04 AM

Post #6681195

Potentilla porphyrantha:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:05 AM

Post #6681199

Flowers of Potentilla porphyrantha:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:08 AM

Post #6681204

My Campanula saxifraga, from seed last year, are starting to bloom - I like the colour!

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:11 AM

Post #6681206

This is supposed to be Androsace septentrionalis, though the form differs greatly from those I see in the mountains. It does form a very nice, airy panicle of flowers, though, and has been in bloom since some time in April.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:13 AM

Post #6681210

A very charming small erigeron, that was mislabelled... I don't know what it is, unfortunately.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:16 AM

Post #6681212

Physaria didymocarpa:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:18 AM

Post #6681213

Astragalus gilviflorus:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:20 AM

Post #6681216

Aethionema lepidioides:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:22 AM

Post #6681219

Iris timofejewii:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:27 AM

Post #6681220

Not an alpine but here's Primula polyneura:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:30 AM

Post #6681224

Aquilegia laramiensis:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:32 AM

Post #6681227

A little bitty Lesquerella arizonica:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:35 AM

Post #6681233

Centaurea epirote - from one small plant last year, there are now three. I think I'll be having to control this one soon!

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:39 AM

Post #6681234

Dianthus microlepis, almost done blooming.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:41 AM

Post #6681236

Myosotis decumbens has been blooming since about May 22.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:43 AM

Post #6681244

Salix cf. kurilensis, showing catkins:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:47 AM

Post #6681249

From not a single bloom in about 10 years, to one bloom last year, this year Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Crater's Edge' has decided to perform! I don't know if it was the fact that we actually had snow cover this winter, or what. I guess we'll see what next year brings.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:50 AM

Post #6681251

Flowers on Rhododendron mucronulatum 'Crater's Edge':

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
6:55 AM

Post #6681254

Astragalus purshii var. lectulus, from seed last year:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 13, 2009
7:15 AM

Post #6681264

Another non-alpine, Primula saxatilis, from seed last year:

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2009
10:07 AM

Post #6681381

WOW alta! - Gorgeous plants! :-)
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 14, 2009
1:16 AM

Post #6683904

Thanks, Rannveig! There are so many beautiful plants in this thread!
Delosperma aff. congestum, from seed in 2003.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 14, 2009
1:20 AM

Post #6683915

Lewisia longipetala - I'm very impressed with this species, for the volume and continuity of bloom.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 14, 2009
1:24 AM

Post #6683933

Oxalis enneaphylla 'Minutifolia Rosea':

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2009
12:48 PM

Post #6685328

More beautiful plants Alta :-) Love them all!

Here's Campanula alpestris:

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



June 15, 2009
9:55 AM

Post #6689078

Wow..what an array of alpines! I just got back froma week long trip so I have not had a chnace to take any pics...I'll have to get at it! Must be Oxalis season as mine are having a show too.

The snow cover makes all the diff for that rhody...I used to have that one but too much snow one winter crushed it to the ground.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 16, 2009
11:14 PM

Post #6697623

Jeffersonia dubia seeds are ripening now.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 16, 2009
11:15 PM

Post #6697627

It's interesting to see how the "trap door"opens on the pod.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 16, 2009
11:17 PM

Post #6697637

Compare that to Jeffersonia diphylla:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=6611972

Like a jar with a lid.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 16, 2009
11:20 PM

Post #6697641

Edriainthus pumilio. Not from seed, I bought it from Rice Creek Gardens in 2007.

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Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 16, 2009
11:32 PM

Post #6697696

I love this forum! Such amazing plants. I'll have to get my camera out
again. I got two Jeffersonia Dubia at our chapter sale this weekend. We
had wonderful donations for the sale.

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



June 17, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6697838

Got around to taking some pics today...Androsace sarmentosa..this plant is over 20 years old! It gets knocked back some winters like this past.

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St. John's, NL
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June 17, 2009
12:03 AM

Post #6697845

Cytissus X kewenensis 'Cottage'...another 20 year old.

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



June 17, 2009
12:04 AM

Post #6697848

Close-up of Penstemon cardwellii 'Roseus'

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



June 17, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #6697853

Lewisia 'Pinkie'

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St. John's, NL
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June 17, 2009
12:07 AM

Post #6697863

Aster himalaicus...at least thats what the seed source calls it!

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



June 17, 2009
12:09 AM

Post #6697871

at last I got a Meconopsis to bloom! I used to have one years ago that lived about 8 years. It was a rather poor purplish-blue. I grew this one last year and am very pleased with the colour.

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



June 17, 2009
12:11 AM

Post #6697884

It is called 'Lingholm Hybrid'...the flowers are more nodding than a typical M. betonicifolia

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



June 17, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #6697885

Claytonia siberica

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Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 17, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #6697892

WOW! That color is spectacular. Congratulations Todd.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 17, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #6697893

A studio pic of my Pulsatilla alpina ssp. apiifolia

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



June 17, 2009
12:16 AM

Post #6697909

finally Rhododendron calostrotum...grown from seed 3 years ago.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 17, 2009
1:40 AM

Post #6698357

Your Meconopsis looks WONDERFUL, Todd. One of our Chapter members is from northern Wisconsin (Hayward). He benefits from lake effect snows, and grows two species of Meconopsis easily (along with many other various species that you'd never believe). He says they like constantly moist, really loose and very humussy soil.

A blooming Rhododendron from a 3 year seedling is quite the feat.

I grew two accessions of Claytonia sibirica from seed this year: from the NARGS seed ex and from Todd (thanks). Todd's seeds sprouted 4 days earlier than the NARGS 3331, but the NARGS seedlings are beginning to flower now, while Todd's show no inclination. In addition, the growth pattern is different too. NARGS is more typical of what I see in pictures, while Todd's leaf stems are horizontal to the ground with the leaf blades held just above the soil surface. It's silly, I know, but I just transplanted them from their original seeded 2.5 inch pots just yesterday.

Pulsatilla alpina ssp. apiifolia . . . Isn't that the huge pasque flower you showed us at our March banquet, Todd? Remember how people oooooo-ed and ahhhh-ed at that photo? I would sure love some fresh seed of that. Seedlings of that would go like hotcakes at our plant sale.

Rick
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 17, 2009
1:41 AM

Post #6698362

Phyteuma orbiculare - from seed

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 17, 2009
1:53 AM

Post #6698419

What is this?

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 17, 2009
2:52 AM

Post #6698755

A fleabane, Erigeron spp.... beyond that, I don't know!
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 17, 2009
9:24 AM

Post #6699524

I'll be sure to save you seed Rick...they set lots. In regards to my Claytonia, mine were from NARGS as well. Strange that mine are behaving differently than your NARGS source. I must admit, mine have never flowered the first year from seed...however, they do self-seed so be forewarned! (easily controlled)

That fleabane looks familiar but I cannot place the name.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 18, 2009
3:33 AM

Post #6703738

Since I participated in packaging seed for the NARGS exchange, I know exactly how it works: Unless there is something different about the seed parent (like different flower color, plant height, etc.), the seeds from all the donors for that species get mixed together and then divided up for dissemination. There were more than three donors for Claytonia sibirica this year, but I saw no variation in my seedlings. But I'll bet yours originally came from a different donor all together, Todd. I practically live for species variation, so I am very happy that yours are different.

Allium moly

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 18, 2009
3:37 AM

Post #6703758

Penstemon cobaea. Very garden worth, even for regular perennial gardens. And the largest penstemon flowers I've seen yet.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 18, 2009
3:41 AM

Post #6703774

Who knew how beautiful Mehania cordata flowers really are?
(Not me, obviously)

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



June 18, 2009
9:25 AM

Post #6704333

Mehania are indeed lovely...never grew one myself. My allium moly are in bud but several weeks from blooming.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 19, 2009
10:27 PM

Post #6712184

I never noticed what appears to be the norm for penstemon stamen configuration.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 19, 2009
10:41 PM

Post #6712235

A brand new kid on the block: what seems to be a cross of P. cobaea and P. hirsutus var. pygmaeus. I had no other penstemon species blooming in the years the seed could have been produced.

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 19, 2009
10:43 PM

Post #6712242

Penstemon strictus

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2009
12:19 AM

Post #6712580

Great plants Rick and Todd !

Todd - congrats on the Meconopsis flowering :-) Beautiful color. They love our cool summers.

Rick - great penstemons - all very pretty :-) That's so neat that you got a brand new cross - how exciting! It's a very handsome plant.

Lewisia cotyledon 'Soranda' ... vertical is apparantly the way to go to grow these here successfully ... the ones in my raised bed are puny and don't flower very well. I'm going to move them all to the stone wall. As well as my Lewisia tweedy who are barely hanging on in the raised bed and haven't flowered. Hope they'll do as well in the wall.

Rann

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 20, 2009
1:22 AM

Post #6712839

Beautiful flowers, everyone!
Rick, is that really P. strictus, with the very narrow leaves? (EDIT: Which should have very narrow leaves, is what I meant to say.) I wonder, as the colour is unusual, and the chubby, wide-mouthed flowers seem a bit off... though gorgeous, needless to say! (I think penstemon IDs are something of a mine field, with the vast number of species and many that are similar! I guess any ID that starts with the shape of the anther sacs and the openings therein is gonna be challenging, LOL!)

A much easier ID, Geranium farreri:


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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 20, 2009
2:06 AM

Post #6713016

Is that really Penstemon strictus?
---------- I dunno. It came from NARGS seed. But then so did P. lyallii, which didn't turn out to be that either. And then there is P. angustifolius (sp?), that turned out to be P. palmeri, but I don't know where that seed originated.

I must be jinxed with penstemons. Care to take a crack at IDing, Alta?
Here is the whole plant. It's 23in/58cm tall, and the second year it has bloomed. Excuse the tilt in the pic, I think someone spiked my Kool-aid.

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



June 20, 2009
12:29 PM

Post #6714180

Certainly NOT strictus...looks more like one of the eastern Penstemon species...maybe a white-flowered digitalis?????

My G. farreri is just starting to bud. I keep mine in a pot placed in the frame over winter as I heard they dislike winter-wet.

Rann, our Lewisia also prefer vertical planting or at least along the very edge of a rock wall where the drainage is perfect.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2009
1:14 PM

Post #6714310

Ric - I'm nothing of a penstemon expert but I also thought P. digitalis looking at that photo ... maybe because I sowed seed a few years ago labeled as white P. digitalis and that was what I was expecting the plant to look like ... needless to say I got something completely different! lol What is it with this penstemon seed anyway?

Since we're on a penstemon roll here are mine:

First is Penstemon crandallii - I love this one, especially since I didn't expect it to live here. Somehow thought it couldn't cope with the wet winters ...

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 20, 2009
1:20 PM

Post #6714327

And Penstemon fruticosus:

Todd - my G. farreri has been growing outside in my raised bed for 5 years and seems to be doing fine ... despite our wet winters. I do provide it with a shelter of cut up x-mas trees though. I'm starting to think your winters might be even wetter ... although I didn't think that could be possible ;-) lol

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 20, 2009
11:30 PM

Post #6716612

Escobaria vivipara, from seed from wild stock in South Dakota/Minnesota.

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



June 21, 2009
12:08 AM

Post #6716736

Those cacti provide an impressive display Rick...I have several seedlings from your seeds coming along :)

Rann, we have 1600-1800 mm of yearly precip in Newfoundland making us the wettest place in eastern North America. How much precip does Iceland receive?

Farreri opened here in the last couple of day without my even noticing it!

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



June 21, 2009
12:10 AM

Post #6716746

Ckeck out my own hybrid columbine...a purposeful crossing of A. kitabellii X viridiflora...the flowers are shaped more like viridiflora with the blue of kitabellii but they are smaller in size than either parent.

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



June 21, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #6716749

Mother nature created this hybrid...I collected seeds from my barneybi and this was the result...I think it was crossed to the nearby formosa! I love the pastel peachy colour!

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



June 21, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #6716751

By the way, that peach-coloure dhybrid has the lovely blue foliage of the barnebyi parent.

Here is an oldie dianthus called 'La Bourbrille'

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 21, 2009
2:05 AM

Post #6717163

Cool hybrid. I have never seen kitabellii, so obviously I don't know what I am talking about, but frankly, I don't see a lot of influence of virdiflora on that cross. It looks pretty "normal" for an aquilegia to me. Do you have a pic of kitabellii?

The peach hybrid certainly has the flair of formosa. This plant from wild seed from the north Alaska panhandle.

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



June 21, 2009
9:31 AM

Post #6717915

I don't have a pic of kitaibelii but it looks very much like bertolonii shown here. Kitaibelii is quite dwarf. The hybrid is the same height as viridiflora and the inner petals are rounded like those of viridiflora. I just can't figure out why the flowers are so tiny compared to either parent.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 21, 2009
3:46 PM

Post #6718845

Looks like you have a suggestion for an ID for your white penstemon, Rick. (For me to suggest one, you'd have to send me the plant so I could peer at the anthers, to start with, LOL!) Terrific display of Escobaria - how long to bloom from seed?

Alyssum spinosum, Penstemon rupicola 'Pink Holly' and dianthus:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 21, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6718910

Castilleja miniata (it does get into the alpine zone here) with Salvia pratensis:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 21, 2009
4:01 PM

Post #6718920

Haberlea rhodopensis, looking about as good as it ever gets here. Despite actually having some snow cover last winter, the leaves are still burnt.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 21, 2009
4:09 PM

Post #6718952

Incarvillea mairei var. grandiflora:

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 21, 2009
4:18 PM

Post #6718979

Todd - we only receive about half your yearly precipitation ... last year's sum for Reykjavik was around 930 mm which was above average. And we complain constantly about the rain over here! lol The Aquilegia hybrids are very pretty as is the dianthus.

Alta - beautiful! You have so many cool plants :-) Love the castillea, it makes a very nice combination with the salvia. And the Haberlea is very pretty!

Rann

June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

June 21, 2009
6:31 PM

Post #6719407

I'm in awe at all the lovely plant pics on this thread. My rock garden was pretty well trashed this winter, when the deep snow cover that had kept everything green and growing under it suddenly melted and exposed all the plants to extreme cold and drying winds. However, I finally have - count it - one flower on a tiny Ramonda that had been doing nothing since it was planted three years ago. Does this mean it's going to die too?

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 21, 2009
6:44 PM

Post #6719461

June - sorry to hear about your rock garden ... The Ramonda is very pretty. I've been trying to grow them from seed for a few years. Finally managed to overwinter a few plants ... they grow sooooooo sloooooowly ... maybe you'll get two flowers next year ;-) lol Doesn't look like it's dying.
June_Ontario
Rosemont, ON
(Zone 4a)

June 21, 2009
7:06 PM

Post #6719539

Thanks Rann! The Ramonda is actually growing in the gravel driveway. It is planted next to a rock to prevent anyone from driving over it, and is shaded by a garage wall that parallels the concrete walkway on its other side. In winter, when my DH uses the snow-blower to clear the driveway, he directs snow onto the Ramonda, so it is buried deeper and longer than the rock garden, which is on the sunny side of the house.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 22, 2009
12:38 AM

Post #6720679

Alta, you have so many of the coolest plants!

Todd, bertolonii is quite nice. The wide petals are really a plus, along with the bluey color. Love the green tips.

Escobaria vivipara, from seed to flower, in about 5 years if I remember correctly. And the first flowers' color and petal count was quite disappointing. But that changed with the second year bloom and on.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 22, 2009
5:14 AM

Post #6721495

Thank you, rannveig and Leftwood! I don't think the plants are any "cooler" than yours, just maybe different from what you have... same reason your plants are cool to me, LOL!

I think your ramonda looks great, June! Mine is really horribly burnt, despite our unusual snow cover... no blooms this year, I think.

I still have a pulsatilla in bloom (well, there's the odd P. vulgaris too). I bought this as P. aurea but I've since been informed it's P. albana var. lutea:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 22, 2009
5:17 AM

Post #6721502

Lychnis ajanencis, from seed last year:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 22, 2009
5:20 AM

Post #6721508

I'm finally getting a hint of what Junellia wilzeckia might look like, if it ever decides to perform a little:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 22, 2009
5:23 AM

Post #6721511

I hardly even think of these as alpines, since they grow so easily and are so commonly grown here... Sempervivum 'Excalibur' - very large flowers:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 22, 2009
5:28 AM

Post #6721518

I think I like Carduncellus pinnatus best before it blooms...

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



June 22, 2009
11:50 AM

Post #6721972

Funky plants Alta! And I agree with Rann that your Ramonda looks fine June!

I'm amazed that you get so much less precip than I do Rann...no wonder you do well with plants that I thought would rot in your area.

My Incarvillea mairie Grandiflora is also in bloom

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St. John's, NL
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June 22, 2009
11:52 AM

Post #6721974

Campanula pilosa

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



June 22, 2009
11:53 AM

Post #6721977

Lewisia Little Plum

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



June 22, 2009
11:55 AM

Post #6721983

Saxifraga paniculata 'Lutea'

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



June 22, 2009
11:55 AM

Post #6721984

and Saxifraga Southside Seedling

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rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2009
12:20 PM

Post #6722042

I'm pretty amazed by it too Todd ... we've been led to believe that Iceland is pretty wet! lol

Love the Campanula pilosa ... is it hardy? And I like the Southside Seedling too, very pretty.

Alta - more cool platns! :-)

Rann

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



June 22, 2009
9:50 PM

Post #6724724

Rann, that campanula pilosa is native to Alaska so I would think it was quite hardy!
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 23, 2009
2:25 AM

Post #6725840

Wow, now that's an Incarvillea mairei v. grandiflora! (I was thinking last year I should move my incarvilleas into the rock garden, where they seem to do better... still haven't done it.)

Silene nigrescens:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 23, 2009
2:27 AM

Post #6725849

Close-up:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 23, 2009
2:33 AM

Post #6725876

The two-tone effect of Campanula pillosa is gorgeous. All your plants are so mature and well grown, Todd - it's wonderful to see them!

Acckk, five years from seed to bloom for escobaria?!? Gee, if I hadn't killed the first batch from the seed you sent me, Rick, it would only be 3 years more... dang!
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 23, 2009
9:52 AM

Post #6726509

I see you have tufa galore Alta...I'm so envious! Your Silene is quite cute. It's another I was not familiar with...you certainly grow some unique plants.
Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

June 24, 2009
6:49 PM

Post #6732860

Happy Birthday for yesterday Todd...! Great plants everyone. Enjoying seeing these very much.
rannveig

(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2009
7:33 PM

Post #6733063

A Happy Beleated Birthday Todd! Hope you had a great day :-) Sorry I missed it!

Thanks for the info Todd - I need to keep an eye out for that C. pilosa ... very pretty!

Alta - very cool looking Silene!

Here's my Incarvillea mairei ... .can anyone tell me what the difference is between the species and var. grandiflora?

Rann

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



June 25, 2009
12:34 AM

Post #6734265

I'm not sure the difference...grandiflora is suppose to be a larger plant overall but that's all I know.
Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 25, 2009
12:58 AM

Post #6734350

Happy Birthday, Todd!

I like the C. pilosa especially, too.
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 25, 2009
4:34 AM

Post #6735348

If the name makes any sense at all ("grandiflora"), it should have larger flowers than the species... Does it? I don't know.

Lewisia 'George Henley'...
(By the way, I really only have a few pieces of tufa in a small area, but a tufa bed is in the works. Bought the tufa late in April, and have just been moving plants, waiting for bulbs to finish blooming, and thinking since then... I'll probably start construction this weekend.)

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 25, 2009
5:08 AM

Post #6735453

Alyssum tortuosum:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 25, 2009
5:38 AM

Post #6735498

Oxytropis splendens is starting to bloom... not an alpine, but a gorgeous native plant!

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



June 25, 2009
9:17 AM

Post #6735639

That Oxytrope has always been one of my fav native AB plants...wish I could grow it here!

After 4 years my Ramonda myconi Alba has graced me with a single bloom. The seeds came from Harry Jans when he spoke to our chapter some years ago.

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St. John's, NL
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June 25, 2009
9:18 AM

Post #6735641

First bloom is opening on Edrianthus graminifolius

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 26, 2009
4:02 AM

Post #6740037

Penstemon cyananthus. (Just got done keying it out to check. Whew, exhausting!)

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



June 26, 2009
11:56 AM

Post #6740629

More power to you Alta! Keying out Penstemon is no easy task.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 27, 2009
10:08 PM

Post #6746658

My columbines have been doing what they are famous for...crossing with each other! My miniature species (barnebyi, laramiensis, burgeriana 'Calimero', scopulorum, bertolonii) have been naughty. Here are samples of miniature blue-foliaged columbines in my collection which are obvious hybrids...who the parents are I cannot swear!

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St. John's, NL
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June 27, 2009
10:09 PM

Post #6746660

another

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St. John's, NL
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June 27, 2009
10:11 PM

Post #6746671

Meanwhile growing in the crevice garden at work is A. desertorum, one of my fav species.

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St. John's, NL
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June 27, 2009
10:12 PM

Post #6746673

and this formosa

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St. John's, NL
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June 27, 2009
10:13 PM

Post #6746678

and triternata...at least if these three hybridize the offspring should still be red and yellow!

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 28, 2009
2:34 AM

Post #6747740

Sedum hispanicum v. minus 'Aureum':

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 28, 2009
5:32 AM

Post #6748223

Saxifraga x longifolia... thank heavens the hybrids thereof are not monocarpic, unlike S. longifolia.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 28, 2009
5:36 AM

Post #6748229

Saxifraga paniculata v. minutifolia 'Red-backed Spider'... or so it was labelled, though I have not been able to verify that such a cultivar name was registered.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 28, 2009
5:39 AM

Post #6748233

Leptodactylon pungens ssp. pulchrifolium has been blooming sparsely... interesting foliage and structure. Maybe next year it will put on a show.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 28, 2009
5:42 AM

Post #6748239

Silene falcata... the very long, red calyx is striking on this one.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 28, 2009
5:44 AM

Post #6748242

Eritrichium canum v. canum continues to bloom... nice plant, even if it is not one of the sought-after eritrichiums.

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 28, 2009
5:45 AM

Post #6748243

Silene saxifraga:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 28, 2009
5:47 AM

Post #6748245

Furry, white seedpods on Astragalus purshii v. lectulus:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 28, 2009
5:49 AM

Post #6748247

Astragalus angustifolius:

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altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

June 28, 2009
5:50 AM

Post #6748248

Carduncellus pinnatus, open now.

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Galanthophile
North East England
United Kingdom
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2009
7:30 AM

Post #6748326

Great pictures everyone - such variety is wonderful to see.
Todd_Boland
St. John's, NL
(Zone 5b)



June 28, 2009
11:37 PM

Post #6751110

Leptodactylon is a new genus to me...looks cute but unlikely in my climate. My encrusted saxs are also peaking. Here is Kathleen Pinsent

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



June 28, 2009
11:38 PM

Post #6751117

Sax. Winifred Bevington...one of the rare crosses between different sax groups...in this case paniculata X umbrosa

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Leftwood
Saint Bonifacius, MN
(Zone 4a)

June 29, 2009
1:55 AM

Post #6751591

Another round of interesting plants, every one of them. This is the best forum!

I've tried a few times, but never got my A. desertorum seed to germinate.

And I am still intrigued by the floral parts of that Carduncellus.

Symphyandra armena

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



July 1, 2009
8:34 PM

Post #6764546

The link to the July alpines :)

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1009634/

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