Ron Ratko/Northwest Native Seed

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deesen
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Fermi wrote:

deesen wrote:

Is this one of the ones you meant Peter:-
http://www.southwesternnativeseeds.com/

But sadly they don't send to Australia :'(

Fermi, I'd be happy to order on your behalf.

David Nicholson
in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

Tim Ingram
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Just received my seed order from Southwest Native Seeds. Beautifully packed and including several amsonia and shrubby species like sophora which have always interested me. Also Dicentra chrysantha which there has been occasional reference to in cultivation in the UK. I have tried this in the past but never obtained germination - has anyone ever had success with it? It sounds like many of the fire adapted plants of Australia and South Africa, stimulated by chemicals in smoke. Very unlike its relatives!

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Saori
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It's too bad that Ron Ratko has retired from his seed business, since he was one of the best. I talked to him last week at the Northwest chapter meeting and everybody kept asking him if he really wasn't selling seeds anymore... Unfortunately, he kept saying no. Too bad... :'(

He led us on a trip to Tronsen Ridge this summer and it was great!

From the beautiful Pacific Northwest, USA,
where summer is mild and dry but winter is dark and very wet... USDA Zone 7b or 8 (depends on the year)

 

Mark McD
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Wow, a natural garden full of beautiful plants; a lupine heaven.  Surprising to see such a sandy area in that mountain scene.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Lori S.
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That sure looks like a nice place to explore!  Where abouts is Tronsen Ridge?

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

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McDonough wrote:

Surprising to see such a sandy area in that mountain scene.

I agree.  I thought sand was only the product of moving water.  Is it possible that location was an old lake shore?  Or possibly an area where running water slowed depositing sand?

James

Saori
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Lori wrote:

That sure looks like a nice place to explore!  Where abouts is Tronsen Ridge?

Lori, Tronsen Ridge is located in Wenatchee, in the Okanogan National Forest in North Central Washington. It's about 3 hours drive from Seattle. We went there in July and there were beautiful wildflowers everywhere in bloom and the view from the ridge was absolutely amazing! While on this hike I realized how much I had missed by not coming out before. The mountain in the background is Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in Washington.

Mark and James, this picture was taken near the highest elevation of our hike and as I remember only this area was covered by sand; actually it felt like walking on a beach. Most of the hike we were walking through meadows and more rocky terrain like this picture below.

From the beautiful Pacific Northwest, USA,
where summer is mild and dry but winter is dark and very wet... USDA Zone 7b or 8 (depends on the year)

 

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