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 . . .
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, 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!
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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 ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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!