Garden Visits - what inspires you!

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RickR
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Thanks for the offer, Trond, but I do believe there is good reason for quarantines and customs with plant materials, and I feel better that I follow them.  Seeds are more safe.  There are myriads of things on my wish list, as well as my have list that keep me very busy.  If I grew them all, I would have to quit my job to care for them!  So outside the U.S.A., I don't give or receive anything except seed.

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

Hoy
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RickR wrote:

Thanks for the offer, Trond, but I do believe there is good reason for quarantines and customs with plant materials, and I feel better that I follow them.  Seeds are more safe.  There are myriads of things on my wish list, as well as my have list that keep me very busy.  If I grew them all, I would have to quit my job to care for them!  So outside the U.S.A., I don't give or receive anything except seed.

That's very reasonable!

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

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

What inspires me?  This beautifully designed and executed crevice-style rock garden, for one!  Here are a few photos from a truly spectacular and world-renown garden, that of Stephanie and Dave Ferguson here in Calgary... These photos will mostly be just for visual enjoyment... not too many plant names (when I have visited, I have simply been too busy poring over every inch to to spend much time scribbling down plant names!  ... and there are thousands of species so where to start?  :o)
This is a mix of photos from mid May and late June.   I have been meaning to add these to this thread for some time, and perhaps Todd will add his much better photos (complete with carefully-noted plant names!) when he gets a chance...

Rosulate violas(!!):
 

     
Douglasia nivalis:
 

Among the many cacti, South American Maihuenia spp.:
 

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

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

More of the most extraordinary things!
Ajuga pyramidalis; Pyrethrum leontopodium; Daphne velenovskyi:
   

Spring saxifrages, S. oppositifolia:
     

Among the many paintbrush spp., propagated and planted with Townsendia "hosts", Castilleja integra(?):

Lilium lophophorum:

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

Howey
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Joined: 2010-05-17

What lovely photographs Lori.  Another reason I must visit Calgary and see this fabulous garden.  The yellow lily is quite different from most lilies I have seen - both the leaves and the flower - was it in "full flower" or was it sort of opening up or perhaps starting to close down?  Fran

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

I was marveling at the Ferguson's rock work in your pics in the other recent thread, Lori.  Except for pics of one garden in the Czech Republic, I've never seen better crevice work.

That superbly grown Pyrethrum leontopodium would look all moldy to the normal gardener...  I'm glad I am not normal!

The American Maihuenia sp. is wonderful.  I haven't been able to get the seed to germinate, although I have pretty good luck with other cacti seed.

That is a to-die-for lily!
Fran, the "best" forms of Lilium lophophorum  do not open completely, and the petals do not detach at the tips (as shown).  I might add that that one is a fully mature and excellently grown specimen; they never produce more than one flower, and are often mishapen in regards to grace and symmetry.   I didn't realize the species also had undulating foliage, too.  I have a couple young ones languishing in my garden, and I assumed the "deformed" leaves were just due to the relatively poor environment I have for them, but maybe not (?!)  They always go dormant very early, and I'll be moving them this summer.

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

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

RickR wrote:

That superbly grown Pyrethrum leontopodium would look all moldy to the normal gardener...  I'm glad I am not normal!

I think in the "normal" garden, it would indeed be moldy!  ;)  For the brief period until it expired, anyway...  
I love to see furry plants like this!

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

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

A few more:
Aethionema oppositifolia; Pulsatilla vernalis; various cacti:
     

A couple of fabulous peas:
 

Eriogonum ovalifolium, locally-native form:

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

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

And...
Salvia dorrii; Physoplexis comosa (well, formerly Phyteuma, anyway!); a spectacular and imposing primula labelled as Primula maximowiczii (x2 - very puzzling, as what I grew under this name was quite different!); a very intriguing Saussurea sp.:
         

The variety of fascinating plants, and the beautiful design, workmanship and scale of the whole venture (the front yard crevice bed alone is, my guess, ~90' x 30'??) are mindboggling!   :)

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

Toole
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Joined: 2010-07-02

Wow !!!!!! Lori

It's the sort of garden i often dream about at night....... :)

If i only had the space, the slope,an open sunny exposure and maybe winter snow cover ,(or at least less year round moisture), it's the type of project i would attempt myself.

My congratulations to the owners and thanks for posting.

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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