Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis

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Allison
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Tim wrote:

... The form I have grown has quite strong pink buds but opens almost pure white. ....

I just received S. canadensis 'Don Armstrong' from Wrightman Alpines. It has one small flower on it and it looks very pink! Now if I can keep it happy.... should get some good pictures next year!

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Mark McD
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Don, I certainly agree, the flowers are elegant, albeit, somewhat briefly presented, particularly if receiving warm weather.  Mine went over quickly once some unusually warm weather arrived, in the mid 80s F.  I'm amazed at just how quickly the leaves enlarge, rather pretty leaves I think, large textured fans.  In the photo, the flowers just shattered their petals.

Lis, I have not heard of the 'Don Armstrong' selection, so I visited the Wrightman Alpines page, where the variety is descibed, but no photo.  In fact, could not find a photo of it on the web.  So please do post a photo next week!

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

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OK, I've tried three times now to post a picture of S. canadensis 'Don Armstrong'. It doesn't show in the preview, and the post gets a database error. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?????

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Mark McD
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Lis wrote:

OK, I've tried three times now to post a picture of S. canadensis 'Don Armstrong'. It doesn't show in the preview, and the post gets a database error. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?????

Occasionally people have reported experiencing latency or slowness on the forum, particulatly lately, I have experienced this too, where it often takes more than one attempt to successfully upload photos, and we get the "datebase error" message.  Some things to check and some tips:

Make sure your photo is resized to be under 500 kb in file size. 

Resize photos to be approximately a maximum of 760 pixels wide x 580 tall x 72 dpi.

Draft your message in a simple text editor (such as Notepad for Windows users), then paste into a forum message.

Or, if you prefer to draft the message right in a forum edit window (as I do), before attempting to attach any photos, do the following:
      1.  Copy your completed drafted message to the Windows clipboard (highlight whole message, the Ctrl-C)
      2.  Use the "back button" on your browser top go back to the view of the topic, leaving the edit window mode behind.
      3.  Then repeat hitting the "Reply" button or the "Quote" button to restart the edit window for your new message.
      4.  Paste in the drafted message from the Windows clipboard (Ctrl-V) or from your text editor such as Notepad.
      5.  Then go to additional options and select your photos to attach.
          (Note:  the "preview" mode in NARGS Forum editor window does not show photos, it only displays your text)
      6.  Uncheck "return to this topic, not sure why, but it helps with avoiding the database error message.  Then click Post.

What I have found, is that if a certain amount of time elapses while drafting a message, and then one attempts to attach photos, the database error happens more often.  So, the procedure above helps to minimize the elapsed time of being in the edit window, and makes posting photos more successful.  There is a topic over on the SRGC Forum where they experience the same problem sometimes; NARGS and SRGC are using the same forum software, thus we experience similar problems.

I hope that helps.

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

Allison
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Awright, sportsfans, let's try that.

Here is (hopefully) a (poor) picture of S. canadensis 'Don Armstrong'. A better picture will have to wait for next year as the flower is already falling apart and has gotten pretty white anyway. As well, I'm going to try to post a picture of my multi-petal form which is very pink in the bud and pale pink the first day, then fades to white. Just because I like that flower!

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Allison
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OK, except that they came out in the other order, that worked. Whew. My faith is restored! Thanks, Mark!

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Lori S.
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Lis, here's another way around the problem... if you get the message that your entry can't be posted, copy all text from it, then go back one step on the browser by pressing the back arrow key.  Then press "Reply" again in the thread you are intending to respond to, paste in your copied text, reattach your photos, and press "Post".  It always works the second time, for whatever reason.

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

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Both really nice, Lis.
The multi-petal form is very pretty, without triggering my 'too-much' gene  ;D

What sort of soil preparation do folks give for Sanguinaria and other eastern NA woodlanders? Do you need a really high humus content, or are they fairly adaptable? My native soil is called 'grey-wooded' and does not have a deep humus layer except in wet areas, or areas of deep conifer duff, though I usually add some leafmould and or some black soil from an old pile where  was excavation was done to build our sewer  in a low  wet area...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

RickR
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Lori, that's what I do when posting photos doesn't work the first time, too.

Cohan, I don't do a lot of fussing with soil for native woodland wildflowers.  Just good garden soil and regular shredded leaf mulch left to decompose naturally.  What I have witnessed as devastating is flow of subsoil material from construction leaching and creeping over the surface (downhill) where wildflowers grow.  I never realized, before, how much actual good those silt fences that separate a construction zone from outer environs do.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Thanks, Rick.. I'm not sure I have much of anything that could be described as garden soil...lol.. there are a few spots on the property that have some older plantings, though they have been a bit neglected in recent years, and probably not much different from the native soil, which is what I am working with generally- most of my new plantings are on previously uncultivated soils- drier and greyer at one end of the property, moister and blacker (at least on the surface!) at the other end- not counting the parts that are still native forest.. Most things, though, in terms of perennials and vegetables etc do just fine in our native soil with little or no moderation, though typically we add some rotted manure etc to actual veg plantings..
Interestingly, I've realised no place on the property is out of reach of falling spruce needles (nor poplar leaves)- even spots not that close to the trees, still within wind reach! Not sure how much impact that has on the soil, must have some....

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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