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.
Alpines in June
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
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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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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:
i am going to have to keep an eye out for Geranium ferreri. Very nice!
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?