Alpines in May

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Lori S.
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[quote author=Skulski link=topic=229.msg1965#msg1965 date=1272998560]
Rick, from googling, I haven't found any association of the genus Pulsatilla with the word 'Nigrescens'... ?
Oops, sorry - I guess I should have been addressing that comment to Todd, not to Rick.  I did not read carefully enough.

Thanks for the info on Viola canina, Trond.

PS  More fine spring weather - a skiff of snow, ice, and a forecasted high of -2 deg C today.   :P

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

RickR
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You know, weather predictors have always said that my region would be one of the least affected by global warming.  While I consistently have longer falls and this super early spring, I can hardly imagine the still periodic snows that you three are having.

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

Hoy
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RickR wrote:

You know, weather predictors have always said that my region would be one of the least affected by global warming.  While I consistently have longer falls and this super early spring, I can hardly imagine the still periodic snows that you three are having.

The cold weather here now has nothing to do with global warming but with less activity on the sun (fewer sunspots). The weather in Westen Europe is affected by sunspots and lack of them! The last winter has been one of the 10 warmest globally but one of the coldest here for 100 years and the sun's activity hasn't been lower for more than 70 years.

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

Hatchett
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I am new here so i thought i would dive right in and try not to make too many mistakes(you know, old dog, new tricks). I took some pictures of some of the plants in my Idaho garden yesterday(may 5 2010). we are still freezing at night so we are not at the peak flowering season yet. here are a few pics. my url for the rest of them is at :
http://ImageEvent.com/teita/may52010rocakgarden

http://photos.imageevent.com/teita/may52010rocakgarden/websize/5-5-10-8.jpg

http://photos.imageevent.com/teita/may52010rocakgarden/websize/4.jpg

Jim Hatchett, Eagle Idaho zone 3?

Jim Hatchett
Eagle, Idaho Zone 3?
Elevation  2600', Annual precipitation 11" avg.

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Boland
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Wonderful photos Jim!  Please consider adding them to the image gallery.

Most nights are close to freezing here too...not much signs of global warming in my area this spring.

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

RickR
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Wonderful pics.  Collomia has been on my want list since Panayoti introduced it to us.

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

Hoy
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Rick, you said in another thread that the grass isn't greener on the other side but surely it often seems to be!

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

Lori S.
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This is nothing to write home about yet (if ever), but I'm pleased to see it!  
Here is the miniscule first showing of a Ligularia soldanella, from seed in 2009.  (The tufa gravel is ~1/2 inch nominally, so you can see how tiny it is!)  When I started these, it took forever for a true leaf to form - actually I don't even recall if a true leaf ever did form before the two seedlings went dormant.  I wondered at the time if the species actually required cold conditions after germination(?)  Anyway, after they went dormant, I planted them out, finding strong healthy white roots all the way to the bottoms of the pots.  
So far so good!

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

Hoy
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I thought all Ligularia were big not-so-good-for-rockery plants! What is the ultimate size for this dwarf?
Here are two of my "rockery" plants. They grow wild everywhere here at my cabin. The Viola tricolor finishes flowering early but the Armeria maritima goes on almost all summer but are best in June.

PS! Not exactly alpines but I had no better for the moment!

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

RickR
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You are a brave one, Lori; the thought of transplanting such a tiny plant would never have crossed my mind!

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

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