Re: Alpines August 2012

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cohan
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that Lactuca is getting some nice texture :)
Very nice to see the Antirrhinum hardy..
I have quite a few Cyclamen purpurascens seedlings that have survived outside now (some still in pots) for a couple of years; those in the ground were put there about a year ago and have not exactly taken off yet, though looking healthy, may have to try some different kinds of spots (though they aren't all the same) amazingly, one tiny plant with two little leaves has a bud! Some that I kept indoors as insurance flowered last spring already..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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Great news on the Cyclamen, Cohan!  Whenever I poke around under the plants in the area where mine are planted, I find several single leaf seedlings... ants distribute the seeds around, due to their interest in the elaisome on the seed, apparently.  I should gather them up and plant them where they'd be visible... (I suppose that goes without saying.  ;D)

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

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I have never had a cyclamen self-seed although one of our other members has had hederifolium self-seed. 

That perennial snapdragon only survived one winter here but I see a seedling popping up that will hopefully survive this winter.  I'll echo Mark that your Plantago is indeed a keeper!

Primula glomerata has been blooming here for nearly a month.  It is the last of the primroses to bloom, but florindae still has some blooms and saxatilis is beginning to rebloom again.

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

cohan
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Lori wrote:

 I should gather them up and plant them where they'd be visible... (I suppose that goes without saying.  ;D)

One of these days!

As I'm writing, the news is showing results of a big hail storm in Calgary yesterday- hope it didn't hit your area? We had thunderstorm watches and warnings yesterday evening, but didn't so much as see any storms passing by on their way to wreak havoc farther east...

Todd, that's a nice one for long blooming..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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Beautiful, Todd!

Cohan, we did duck that hailstorm, fortunately!  There was some large hail (no damage) and a few millimeters of rain here last night but the brunt of it missed us.  The news says it hit other parts of the NW hard - lot of photos of golf-ball size hail posted!! - reports from car dealerships of car windows being broken and side mirrors knocked off!  Same of course for cars parked outside at people's houses, and also some house windows broken.  Sheesh, what a climate!

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

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Todd, lovely Primula glomerata! It is somewhat similar to P capitata, isn't it?

Lori, hail as big as golf-balls :o Somebody could get killed! The biggest hail I've ever seen were like peas in size.

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

cohan
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They showed a lot of pictures of that hail and damage on tv..
Yesterday was warm here (25C) and very humid and then we had a significant thunderstorm today- we went to town earlier, wondering where all the rain forecast for today was, and it finally arrived in force before we left town- I was in a supermarket and the power went off- luckily they have generators unlike where I work, so some lights stayed on and electronic cash registers were still working.. outside was pouring and blowing, and there had been some small hail while I was inside. The drive home was low visibility between heavy rain blowing almost sideways and the heavy spray from vehicles, especially the constant big trucks.. Calm now, though cloudy, 12C, possibility of more rain/storms later, then supposed to be a sunny week, 26C saturday...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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Lori wrote:

Beautiful, Todd!

Cohan, we did duck that hailstorm, fortunately!  There was some large hail (no damage) and a few millimeters of rain here last night but the brunt of it missed us.  The news says it hit other parts of the NW hard - lot of photos of golf-ball size hail posted!! - reports from car dealerships of car windows being broken and side mirrors knocked off!  Same of course for cars parked outside at people's houses, and also some house windows broken.  Sheesh, what a climate!

Lori,
on my only visit to Calgary [so far!] after the NARGS conference in 1999 we drove down from Banff to visit gardens and could see a hail-storm ahead of us! When we got to the gardens many were the worse for wear. However one garden owner prodly showed us her Meconopsis punicea in flower - how had it survived? She had stood outside in the hail holding an umbrella over the flowers till the storm had passed! The climate was NOT going to deprive her of her moment of glory showing those stunning red flowers to the visiting masses!
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

cohan
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That's funny! not feasible in general, sadly...

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Lori S.
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Yes, I can understand that impulse, Fermi!  If I had Meconopsis punicea in bloom, I might have done the same!  ;D ;D  

Potentially fatal indeed, Trond - fortunately, no injuries were reported in the news.  I hate to think how livestock in fields would cope with horrible storms like that.  

Recognizing that the damage had been spotty the other night, Mother Nature did take another swipe at us today... no hail here but some elsewhere, with power outages and winds of up to 100 km/hr; the temperature dropped from over 20 deg C to 10 deg C in about an hour.  At least the bit of rain was welcome!

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

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