Saxes in 2011

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Boland
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Saxes in 2011

The sax season has finally started in Newfoundland....just a few open yet...lots in bud. here is Saxifraga oppositifolia and S. sancta

Lori S.
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Very nice, Todd!

It has suddenly occurred to me that growing lots of S. oppositifolia is a brilliant idea... I usually miss them in the wild (not wishing to slog through miles of snow) but if I grew them in the yard, I could just dig them out of the snow to enjoy the bloom!  :rolleyes:

You're way ahead of us (grumble, grumble)... still just buds on S. sancta var. macedonica:

Okay, y'know all the whining I did about the late spring last year?  I take it all back... THIS is the worst year ever! I haven't even been able to cut all the perennials off yet!  >:(

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Sellars
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Lori:

I have found growing lots of Saxifraga oppositifolia very rewarding.  They are easy to propagate and the European forms will always flower beautifully.  The catch is that they have very particular growing requirements.  I have found they have to be planted in a north facing slope shaded by rocks from the sun in the summer.  Our flowering has just finished this year.  Here is a sample from a couple of weeks ago.

David Sellars
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Lori S.
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Wow, beautiful, David!  Planting them in the shade of rock crevices makes sense... that seems to be where I see them in the mountains.  As I extend the tufa garden this year, my thought is to create shady, north-facing slopes... I was thinking of Haberlea and Ramonda there, but perhaps S. oppositifolia would be happy there too?

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Sellars
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Lori:

You are right in your thinking.  I grow Haberlea and Ramonda in exactly the same garden habitat as Sax oppositifolia.  They all do well in our north facing crevices.  This year was not the best for flowering of Saxifraga oppositifolia so I have attached a few photos from previous years.

David Sellars
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Boland
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Beauties David!  Wish the NL form was as reliable for blooms.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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Saxifraga oppositifolia is one of the earliest flowers where I live growing on the rocky headland (Malvik Odden, Central Norway) seen from my house in the first picture and regularly exposed in winter to seaspray.  I had a walk out there today and show a few pictures. I was told recently that a white form grew there - had a good search, but didn't find it. Loons (Red Throated Divers) were displaying out in the bay as I took my pictures - waiting fo the ice to disappear from their breeding lakes inland... I've tried to introduce it in my garden unsuccessfully (on the north side of my house).

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

Hoy
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Very nice, David!

Stephen, I didnt know rødsildre grew there!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Barstow
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Malvik Odden has a lot of nice plants, many of which are otherwise only found in the mountains, including this one:

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
63.4N
Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

Sellars
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That's incredible Steven that you can see Sax oppositifolia by walking from your house.  The North Cascades are our closest mountains and Sax oppositifolia only grows above 2000m.  It is very hard to see the plant in flower in our mountains as it flowers in June when the access routes are still snow covered.

The North American populations of Sax oppositifolia are quite different from the European forms.  The flowers are not so spectacular here but the foliage is very tight, unlike the lax growth in Europe.  Here is a picture of a huge bun (about 0.7m wide) of Sax oppositifolia growing at 2000m in the North Cascades.

David Sellars
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Hoy
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Very different indeed, David. I have never seen oppositifolia make any kind of cushions here!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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