Re: Image of the day - 2013

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All gorgeous! the Oenothera seems to have very pleasing foliage as well..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F;

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A little less warm and inspiring than Brian's series! here's a few quick and  chilly views from this morning... Probably somewhere below -20C when I took these..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F;

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.... and here's me finding it difficult to cope with single but high end centigrade figures ;D

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

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My mother would have said that "the trees are in their party frocks"

From the High Desert Steppe
of the Great Basin and the Eastern
Escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range
Located in Reno/Sparks,NV  zone 6-7
John P Weiser

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It's all relative, David, all This should be a short cold spell- yesterday and today, high of -10 tomorrow, and forecast +6 by Tuesday- we'll see! We still haven't had anything below -30C- barely that even- so really nothing extreme for us, and just a medium snowfall yesterday (maybe 12-15cm) no blizzard like many places in the last few days..

John- good phrase! It's among my favourite looks for the trees..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F;

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Brian, those images are stunning...I am in love with that Townsendia.

Here is an image of Soldanella alpina growing in the wilds of the Pyrenees, Spain.

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

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Nice one, todd- do you have any idea whether those grasses get tall over the summer or whether they are naturally small or even grazed or something?

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F;

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Soldanella montana is a nice plant and one I actually do grow in my woodland.


But I fell in love with Brian's two Mentzelia species although they possibly are a little too big for the typical rock garden. Brian, have you tried them in the garden? They seem drought tolerant but do they tolerate more rain?

And of course, the Townsendia is lovely and I like the blue Delphinium too.

After 3 weeks with spring weather up to +9C we are back to the realty of winter - and uncommonly sunny, very cold (that is -6C today!) and no wind. No party frocks on the trees though :-\

In lack of motifs in the garden I dug out this Spruce from last summer:

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

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Nice photos everyone.  We recently had a big snow storm, and cohan's photos are perfect.  


Delphinium bicolor ssp. calcicola is endemic to southern Montana and has a similar dormancy as the typical species (although it blooms later).  It is distinguished by its larger flowers, bright blue sepals and petals that lack veins.  

The prickly poppies are one of my favorite plants.  We have A. polyanthemos here, but its not too common.  Last summer I found some beautiful prickly poppies growing in sandy soil.  They were much shorter than A. polyanthemos (but with the same large flowers) and had deeply lobed blue/grey leaves that were covered with fine hairs.  I identified them as A. hispida, a plant that grows in southern Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.  This smaller species would be more suitable for the rock garden.

Both Mentzelia species can grow quite tall, but around here M. laevicaulis is usually under 24 inches.  Last summer, I collected seed from M. pumila in the Pryor mountains.  These have lemon yellow flowers and are usually 12 inches tall.  Of course, with the smaller size comes smaller flowers.

A few more:

Stanleya tomentosa weaving its way up through a juniper skeleton:

Clematis columbiana var. tenuiloba

Opuntia polyacantha:

Lewisia rediviva in black shale:

A "cottonball" during late summer.  I think there are about 7 rosettes hidden under the wool:
(Moderator: Townsendia spathulata "Pryor Mountains Form")

Fritillaria atropurpurea

Mark McD
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Beautiful photos, in particular, Fritillaria atropurpurea is to die for, great vantage point looking up into the flowers. 

Brian: I added a plant name to the "cottonball" photo so that the name can be searched on the forum; hope I got the name correct.

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


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