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Barstow
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More great Alliums Wim and Tony!

A couple of years ago I toured Northern Norway early June and a lovely white flowered Allium I hadn't seen before was in full bloom and I was told it was Allium humile. I can't find much reference to it on SRGC or here as it's such a lovely floriferous plant. It is very early (only paradoxum beats it here) and is a few days earlier than zebdanense. I was given a plant and it flowered here for the first time:

1) Picture taken in Tromsø, Northern Norway
2) I wondered what it was when i saw it in bud (I didn't immediately think Allium)
3-4) In flower last night

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
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Beautiful Allium, Stephen! I regret I didn't ask for a bulb when I visited you ;D I will next time ;)

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

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Last week I had several Allium experiences which I'd like to share with you. I've had a project the last 3 years for the Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre collecting old perennial edible onions from old gardens and mostly old people across Norway (mostly Allium x proliferum, Allium fistulosum, A. schoenoprasum, A. scorodoprasum and A. victorialis, about 11 species in total and well over 100 accessions).  I'm currently growing them out in my garden so that we can compare the different accessions. Anyway I had to give a presentation of the project at a seminar in Southern Sweden. On the way home, I visited the Copenhagen (Denmark) and Gøteborg (Gothenburg) botanical gardens and took a lot of Allium (and other) pictures. In particular, Gothenburg has an amazing collection of plants and I could easily spend a couple of days there.  

Gøteborg has an fantastic bulb garden with many Alliums in honour of Per Wendelbo (1927-1981) who was a botanist and professor at the garden, specialising in Himalayan plants and many of the plants in the garden were collected by him. Here is a selection (see the file names for the plant names):

Stephen Barstow
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The last batch from the Wendelbo garden, more from the open garden later. Let me know if you see any mistakes!

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
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You have to mention, Stephen, that Per was a Norwegian (and I thought that he was an expert of bulbs from Iran (he also worked at the botanical garden in Teheran) and surrounding countries). He died 1981 in a car accident when he should start his work in Bergen.

Marvellous bulbs you show, anyway!

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

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Yes, I thought he was Norwegian, but there is no mention of this important fact on the Swedish sign and I didn't find anything on his wikipedia page (very short), so I didn't mention it....

On the Norwegian wikipedia page, http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per_Wendelbo you will see that the page is classified under Swedish Botanists....

By the way, the sign mentions that the garden contains some 1,600 accessions!

Stephen Barstow
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Stephenb wrote:

Yes, I thought he was Norwegian, but there is no mention of this important fact on the Swedish sign and I didn't find anything on his wikipedia page (very short), so I didn't mention it....

On the Norwegian wikipedia page, http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per_Wendelbo you will see that the page is classified under Swedish Botanists....

By the way, the sign mentions that the garden contains some 1,600 accessions!

Better with this one then ;D
http://www.snl.no/.nbl_biografi/Per_Wendelbo/utdypning_%E2%80%93_1

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

Barstow
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Excellent, takk!

Stephen Barstow
Malvik, Norway
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Mark McD
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I have much to catch up on, and lots of Allium pics besides... still sidelined by a deadline for work, will try to catch up in a few days.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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In the meantime, as I was wandering around the garden, it seemed that you were with me, Mark. See the following set of images (none of the plants were in flower, so I won't bore you with pictures of greens):

Stephen Barstow
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Age: Lower end of the 20-25,000 day range

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