Beautiful flowers Anne/Cliff! Polygala chamaebuxus is one of my garden favorits and the Ranunculus is on my list of unattainable gems!
Yesterday we did drive home - a 800km trip from Trøndelag in 14 hours. We went through some of the most spectacular montane landscape in Norway but the mountains (more than 10 is higher than 2000m) were hidden in clouds (Without clouds: http://www.sognefjellet.no/ ). The highest point of the road is 1400m ASL and here people still enjoy skiing. We also went through about 100km with tunnels altogether, inclusive the longest road tunnel in the world, Lærdalstunnelen 24.5km long.
We didn't stop here though, just passed by, because we had made a stop at lower altidude to look at the flowers and straighten the legs.
Pyrola norvegica in a rich meadow and a Salix in the gravel.
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
Astragalus frigidus had opened the flowers since we passed the other way. Veronica alpina.
While we waited for the ferry I pictured Veronica officinalis, a very common plant both in the mountains and by the seaside. Here in the fjords a lot of alpine plants go down to the sea, like this Saxifraga cotyledon. Compare my hand to the rosette!
Fantastic scenery and beautiful plants, Trond! Looks awfully wintery up there - I'm always surprised to see roads through such places. (If it was up to me, travel in the alpine zone would be self-propelled only, ha! Just one of the many reasons why I'll never get elected Supreme Ruler of the world... ;-) )
I'm really enjoying seeing what seem to be the European counterparts to many of "our" plants. Cornus suecica is intriguing... so similar and yet different from Cornus canadensis, the only one we see here (though I know C. suecica occurs elsewhere in North America); Trientalis europaea versus Trientalis borealis; Veronica alpina versus Veronica wormskjoldii (which, assuming the Wiki article is correct and complete(?), also occurs in Greenland). Lovely photos, both for the compositions and the subjects!
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
And, by the way, I am about to start an "Alpines in July" thread... stay tuned.
Once I find out how (and assuming I remember to do so!), I'll move the last messages from this thread to the July thread....
Thank you Lori! You know I have to keep up to your standards ;-)
I have noticed the similarities between "our" and "your" plants and assume they sometimes had been classified as the same species if they had occurred in the same country.
I grow Cornus canadensis in my garden and have just got going Trientalis borealis to compare.
Regarding roads in those heights, you know, it is sometimes the only possible way from A to B! But they make new roads literally through the mountains these days.
Friends and I took a trip to Stampede Pass (just east of Snoqualmie Pass) to see Penstemon rupicola. (It's hard to remember that a month ago it was rainy and cool! I'm slow posting pictures -- things are a little hectic right now.)
There were fields of Xerophyllum tenax (beargrass) in full bloom.
Ribes lobbii caught my eye. The wind almost knocked me over while I photographed Saxifraga bronchialis.
Bellevue, Washington Zone 7-8
I'll attempt a comment, though I doubt my internet is up to trying to post photos right now.. Trond very cool to be able to drive through those zones, and great plants!
Claire- very nice- that Penstemon is quite wonderful! Would the area where it is growing be moist most of the year, or tending to dry, or..?
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
Right now that area is hot and dry -- temperatures 80-90 degrees during the day and cool at night. We've had no rain for the last 31 days and forest fires are a big threat. Everything crisps up until the fall rains awaken them.
Very nice, Claire! Penstemon rupicola is a gem! Have you tried it in the garden?
Is beargrass a high altitude plant?
Ribes lobbii looks nice. Wouldn't mind one in my garden!
Claire, mouth-watering photos Penstemon rupicola. And the Bear Grass view is terrific, a fantastic plant, but I hadn't see a view like this with so many in flower. I share Trond's sentiment, wouldn't mind Ribes lobbii in my garden, it's on my list ;-)
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Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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