First Androsace is open...A. carnea 'Alba'
Opps, forgot the pic!
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
1800 mm precipitation per year
Very nice! Is that very early for you? My Andosace carnea 'Alba' is in bud but it will be at least a couple weeks to go.
I do have this little androsace in bloom, which is supposed to be A. carnea ssp. brigantiaca... but the flowers are so puny, I wonder if is it really that? I've seen some forms with relatively large flowers, and also sometimes with shorter stems. (I didn't get a photo this evening that shows the plant clearly, sorry.)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
Yes Lori, this is very early for us. It is currently snowing on the poor thing. Androsace Millstream also has a couple of blooms open but I did not get a chance to take a picture before the weather changed for the worse.
Well, it took less than a couple of weeks, after all. Here's Androsace carnea 'Alba', about 3 weeks earlier than last year (a late spring), and with very short stems this year.
Sweet Lori! Mine has very long stems this year but I have another just coming into bud...I hope it has short stems like yours.
Another is open...Androsace Millstream
Hmm, it's not new but perhaps I should update Androsace carnea 'Alba' with a photo that looks a bit more characteristic of it (longer stems, etc.)?
A few more Androsace are open. A. carnea 'Halleri', A. chaixii and A. sempervivoides
I love the Androsaces: the chamaejasme section has been blooming for weeks. My current faves are A. minor and A. jacquemontii below...
For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.