Alpines in August

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Lori S.
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Alpines in August

What's looking interesting in your rock garden beds in August?  I'm sure late season bloom or interest is important to all rock gardeners.

Here, Linum sp. (not Convolvulus holosericeus; come on, guys, please tell me when I'm screwing up!) continues to bloom nicely:

My Tonestus (Haplopappus) lyallii have finally recovered enough to bloom again after a traumatic transplant (evidently!) out of a disintegrating trough to the tufa bed...  perhaps a pathetic little display, I suppose,  compared to what I see in the wild, but I'm pleased!

Scutellaria hypericifolia continues to bloom beautifully:

First flowers, finally, on Phlomis sieheana, from seed in 2010 (seeds from M. Pavelka; collected at 1500m from Salda Lake, Turkey); there are a few browning leaves on the inflorescence due to, I think, rather wettish conditions this year:

  

I need to figure out the name of this Campanula... it's not C. rotundifolia (or was not supposed to be) though it is certainly similar:

Campanula hawkinsiana continues to bloom:

I thought I'd try Campanula cervicaria... I guess it is clear why C. glomerata is more widely grown (sort of similar but much showier):

  

 

 

Hoy
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Your bed(s) looks good still, Lori!

When I think of Convolvulus I always have a weedy winding plant in mind! Seems not all are like that.

Your not supposed to be Campanula rotundifolia looks very much like a rotundifolia! Those growing here tend to spread a little by underground runners though. They are in full bloom here now.

C cervicaria is native here. It is a big plant and often shortlived, never making huge patches like C glomerata.

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

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Campanula zoysii

Campanula zoysii

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RickR
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Oh my goodness, Michael!  What a specimen to be proud of!

 

Hoy wrote:

Your not supposed to be Campanula rotundifolia looks very much like a rotundifolia! Those growing here tend to spread a little by underground runners though. They are in full bloom here now.

 

I'm glad you said that, Trond.  With my very little worldly knowledge of the species,  I'll now put in my 2 cents (worth about 1 cent).

Wild Campanula rotundifolia in Minnesota don't spread underground at all, and I usually find them with only one to three flowering stems.

I grew C. rotundifolia Olympica (not sure how valid the name is) to see what difference there might be, and it definitely runs (mildly) underground.

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

Lori S.
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Fabulous plant, Michael!  One I hope to succeed with outdoors in the ground one day.

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

Lori S.
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I have the impression that our version of C. rotundifolia doesn't spread from the roots also, Rick.  The gorgeous foothills plants that we see on our way to the mountains are distinct plants.  The welter of bluebells that I have in the front yard seem to spread by seed, I'd say.

Here is a difference from C. rotundifolia that I've noticed re. my tufa garden plant; the basal leaves are strongly toothed (see photo below), unlike that of C. rotundifolia... it certainly is similar in general appearance and habit though.

Campanula hercegovina nana:

Erysimum capitatum var. capitatum:

I don't have this dryland prairie native plant in the rock garden, but it would be a good choice for there - Heterotheca villosa:

Rosularia turkestanica; Orostachys spinosus

    

The start of bloom on Campanula stricta var. alidagensis:

One of a couple of late-blooming Primula scotica:

Overall view of Phlomis sieheana:

 

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

Hoy
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Lori, the leaves of your campanula is definitely not like our rotundifolia!

This is a typical plant - all the stems are from the same root (Campanula rotundifolia) from our mountain meadow:

 

I didn't picture the leaves but the flowers. Here are some from different plants in the meadow, they are very variable:

 

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

Lori S.
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Antirrhinum molle, in its second season in the tufa garden; Anaphalis cf. monocephala, also in its second season; Acantholimon kotschyi ssp. laxispicatum, starting a big bloom: 

    

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

Hoy
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Lori, the Acantholimon looks exciting!

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

Lori S.
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Thanks, Trond.  I have two of the same that will be blooming spectacularly soon!

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

Lori S.
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Synthyris pinnatifida v. canescens; Achillea gypsicola; a striped bud coming along on Gentiana vietchiorum (essentially invisible in the photo, sorry!), from seed in 2011; Primula scotica (yet again); Cystopteris fragilis and little mushrooms:

    

   

Lots of buds on Trachelium rumelianum; a flower on Campanula shetleri:

  

 

 

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

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