A superb website for alpines and rock gardens: Marijn van den Brink

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Lori S.
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A superb website for alpines and rock gardens: Marijn van den Brink

In case you have not come upon it yet, the website of Marijn van den Brink has the most amazing galleries of photos of alpine travels and plants, and others.
http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/

Do take a look at his rock garden construction project as well - it is stupendous!

I'm particularly taken by the Chinese alpines, and here is a tiny sampling of the wonders, to entice you in for a closer look:
http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/nieuwChina-Yunnan/113843...
http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/nieuwChina-Yunnan/113843...
http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/nieuwChina-Yunnan/113843...
http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/nieuwChina-Yunnan/113843...
http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/nieuwChina-Yunnan/113843...
http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/nieuwChina-Yunnan/113843...
http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/nieuwChina-Yunnan/113843...
http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/Asia/nieuwChina-Yunnan/113843...

(These photos have swept away the last shred of resistance I was trying to maintain as I work my way through the various Czech seed collection lists. I'm just going to ask for one of everything. :rolleyes: :o)

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

Mark McD
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Ah, I have lost MANY MANY hours on the Marijn van den Brink site, a tremendous resource and certainly some of the most incredible alpines ever.  The photographs are outstanding, and there's information on most species.  I really value a resource such as this where there are so many excellent photographs (almost all plants identified) showing plants in the wild in documented locations.  I found one plant (on one of the links you posted) that was listed as "??" without an ID, yet it looked familiar to me, surely if was the endemic Chinese version (Phytolacca polyandra) of the American Poke Weed (Phytolacca americana).  More about this small but toxic genus here:  http://www.srgc.org.uk/forum/index.php?topic=6788.0

I did offer a comment on the site as to the ID :)

The site is so useful because you can go to Marijn's main site at http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/
and do a search on any genus, like Corydalis or Acantholimon, to just explore his photos on that genus, aqnd feast one's eyes.  Thanks for the reminder Lori; everyone should bookmark this destination.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Schier
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Well, now I'm in for it, I can see I'll be spending a great deal of time Marijn's site, and, as you said Lori, on some of the incredible seed lists, I too will want one of everything! Thanks for the links...

Faith S.   Gardening in central Alberta climate, from min. -44 c to max. 36+ C. ( not often! ) Avg. annual precip. ~ 48 cm  Altitude ~ 820 m. Have "frying pan gardens" up around the house, and also some woodland areas down the pa

Lori S.
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I didn't know about the search capability, Mark.  Thanks for pointing that out!

Some astounding plant life in Peru:
http://photos.v-d-brink.eu/Flora-and-Fauna/South-America/Peru-Northern-p...

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

Tim Ingram
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Joined: 2011-04-27

My goodness - what wonderful pictures! The trouble is how do you divide your time between the computer and the garden?

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

maggiepie
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Oh, Lori,

I just randomly clicked on your second link and am in shock.
I have never seen such a wondrous sight, the Paraquilegia anemonoides pic is simply amazing.
Not sure I dare click on more links.

Helen,
New Brunswick , Canada
zone 4b

Booker
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Who in the world might I ask, can outshine the quality or outnumber the quantity of images displayed by Marijn van den Brink or John Lonsdale.  We are so very fortunate to have such magnificent resources at our fingertips and at our disposal.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Tim wrote:

My goodness - what wonderful pictures! The trouble is how do you divide your time between the computer and the garden?

Well Tim, the winter months are upon us, so it's a great time to pull up a comfy chair, put on seatbelt and googles, and throttle into overdrive armchair botanizing ;D

Cliff, I share your sentiment, it's great to have such fantastic resources out there, and John Lonsdale's site is another one that I use quite a bit.

Helen, I dare you to click on just one more link, how can you possibly resist! ;)

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

maggiepie
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Thanks, Mark.
I could never pass on a dare!!
Will now be awake all night running a slide show in my head. :o

Helen,
New Brunswick , Canada
zone 4b

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