Re: Got the Blues

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Lori S.
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Re: Got the Blues

And, with respect to this posting: http://nargs.org/smf/index.php?topic=285.msg2544#new ... given the constant fascination that people seem to have with blue flowers, perhaps it would be appropriate to whet that interest by posting some?

I'll start with Gentiana verna:

Lori S.
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Ahh, I just knew this topic would bring out the crowds.   ;D  

Oh well, if only for my own amusement...
1, 2, 3)  Penstemon nitidus, in bloom in the front yard.
4) Myosotis decumbens

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

Hoy
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I used my blue poppy elsewhere and where I am now it is only a small, blue violet (Viola rupestris) in bloom. I am not sure my camera can capture it. Here the snow cover has just receded.

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

Hoy
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I managed to take a picture of the violet. It is only 3.5 cm high. It is growing in the sub-alpine zone in short grass.
PS! The penstemon seems to be a plant to search for!

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

Hoy
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Here's my version of Myosotis decumbens, a common native plant in the subalpine zone. The other is Ajuga pyramidalis, also common from the sea level to the lower alpine zone. The flowers are blue!

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

Lori S.
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Hoy wrote:

The penstemon seems to be a plant to search for!

It always seems to be offered in the NARGS seed ex from various donors (I am one  :)).  I'll check if I still have seeds from last year and could send them if so, Trond... not sure it would like your wet climate, but with enough drainage... ??

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

Hoy
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Skulski wrote:

It always seems to be offered in the NARGS seed ex from various donors (I am one  :)).  I'll check if I still have seeds from last year and could send them if so, Trond... not sure it would like your wet climate, but with enough drainage... ??

You know, when you read a seed list like NARGS's you get a wish list much too long! I try to find pictures of plants I don't know but haven't time to look for all. This forum open your eyes for new species.
When you speak of climate I have three places to put down plants and two of the places have dry climate, at least much drier than at home. So I would like to give it a try!
(I have looked at your weather here: http://www.yr.no/sted/Canada/Alberta/Calgary/time_for_time.html )

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

Anne Spiegel
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Moltkia petraea is one of my favorites.  I'd call it a sub-shrub.  The flowers are a good blue and last a long time.  It seems to be very cold hardy (Zone 4b/5a here, noone knows for sure anymore)

MMcD, NARGS Moderator:  Anne, I re-uploaded your image as it was curiously named "convolvulus compactus 012.JPG", surely a typo.

Lori S.
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That's a beauty, Anne, and it's great to hear of its hardiness.  I tried it from seed this year... no joy yet, though.

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

Anne Spiegel
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Hi Lori,
I'd rather grow from seed also, but if you have no luck I think that Harvey Wrightman has this in his catalog.
It gets better and better each year, a worthwhile investment.  My garden is very dry so I never worry about anything getting out of bounds, but I think this is really a sub-shrub and will behave itself.

Boland
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Beautiful Moltkia Anne!  It is one of my favs too.  Mine is just starting to show buds.

Here are some of my current blues..the best is by far Gentiana angustifolia 'Frei', the others are Viola corsica and Viola cucullata.

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

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