What do you see on your garden walks 2014?

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Hoy
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Claire, your Pseudotrilliums are beautiful! I have some seedlings from your seeds now but no flowers yet!

I also have a patch of Erythronium americanum but although they spread they don't flower. What do they lack??

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

Hoy
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Ron, nice irises. I tried I. bucharica some years ago but they didn't last long.

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

Fermi
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Discovered these in bloom on a walk in the garden this morning!

Biarum davisii - garden gnomescheeky

cheers

fermi

Biarum davisii
Biarum davisii

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Lori S.
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Fermi, the Biarum certainly are cutely bizarre!  I assume the foliage is out in spring?

Hmm, I had Iris bucharica for a while too.  Have finally gotten around to ordering it again this year, and planted in better drainage, perhaps it will hang around longer.

Our snow is nearly gone since it started warming up on Friday - just some icy ridges here and there... and finally some signs of life.  Robins have just shown up this week, rather late to our yard this year.  (Just as well - I hope they stayed somewhere warmer until now.)  

At long last, Bulbocodium vernum in the front yard; the bleached and rabbit-chewed flower on top was about to bloom before it started to snow again a week or so ago:

Some promising buds in a trough that I replanted last summer - Pulsatilla vernalis and what is supposed to be Townsendia nuttallii (not sure if the leaves are correct for it):

Astragalus loanus still hanging in there, even the wimpy smaller seedling, which seems to have taken hold: 

A couple of Glaucium flavum aurantiacum have survived the winter; another in a different bed looks crispy though: 

Eritrichium howardii  with green growth starting:

Pulsatilla patens buds:

Looking pretty dreadful but alive - Calceolaria biflora:

 

 

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

Fermi
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Hi Lori,

yes, the foliage emerges after the flowers. Here are the flowers the following day

Biarum davisii Biarum davisii

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Tim Ingram
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What a curious little plant Fermi - only seen this at Shows. And nice to see the Astragalus loanus and Eritrichium howardii​, especially the latter as it begins to show signs of new growth. I grew this quite a few years ago and it is just like Edraianthus pumilio over winter, hardly a sign of the resting buds.

This a trio in pink at the moment, three good plants for a raised bed: Thalictrum orientale, Matthiola scapigera and Ptilotrichium spinosum.

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.
 

Cockcroft
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Hello, All,

Sorry to be slow in answering your nice comments on the trillium -- I just got back from two weeks in Greece.

You have good eyes, Gordon, to spot the four-petaled trillium.  I hadn't noticed that before.  I will look around and see if there are others.

I have grown and bloomed Iris bucharica for several years now.  It has spread and makes a nice early show.  I'm growing it under a deodor cedar on a south-facing bank.  A strange location but it satisfies the iris.

As for Erythronium americanum, it is situated in a very sunny spot that stays fairly dry in the summer.  It comes up, blooms, sets seeds if I hand-pollinate, then disappears for the rest of the year.

...Claire

Claire Cockcroft
Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8

Lori S.
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Cockcroft wrote:

I have grown and bloomed Iris bucharica for several years now.  It has spread and makes a nice early show. 

Enviable, Claire!

A bit more spring-like here... between bouts of snow, anyway.

A few crocus popped open this weekend; Pulsatilla vernalis in bud; buds on Synthyris platycarpa; water hawthorn (Aponogeton distachyos) in the greenhouse: 

       

And here's a traffic-stopper... Arabis androsacea  ;-)  Well, it's early...

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

Tim Ingram
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The Arabis​ is delightful Lori - full of buds and growing well in tufa. We have it in the sand bed but so far I can see no flower buds this year. Several plants that are flowering: Iris pumila 'Dozzey' (from the Czech Conference & Garden visits last May), Dianthus 'Conwy Star' (a superb hybrid from Keith & Rachel Lever at Aberconwy Nursery), and Pulsatilla rubra 'Eva Constance'.

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.
 

Fermi
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A few flowers worth looking at in the garden as we wind down towards winter,

Narcissus viridiflorus

Oxalis palmifrons

Narcissus obsoletus

cheers

fermi

Narcissus viridiflorus
Oxalis palmifrons
Narcissus obsoletus

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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