I have recapped my history with Bergenia stracheyi on a blog you might want to read: http://prairiebreak.blogspot.com/2011/01/oh-tales-i-could-tell.htmlHere is a picture of our best colony at the Gardens (the last picture in the blog shows it in winter color) in bloom:
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.
I have to admit to be jaded by swathes of cabbage Bergenia when I lived in Seattle Washington for 4 years, as there wasn't a single garden that didn't have them. But I have to admit, they do have a great presence, and some that you show demonstrate impressive flower power as seen in the B. ciliata photo and the second B. cordifolia species. :o :o :o
I hope that my seed of B. stracheyi from Chris Chadwell collection in Little Tibet germinates. Thanks for showing these, I think I need them, maybe good partners with Epimedium.
PS. welcome back to NARG Forum :)
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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All great plants, Panayoti! The little white is interesting, just because its different from the usual pink!
west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/
Yes, great plants! Although I have a few already I will have more ;)
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
I planted one B. 'Tubby Andrew's' last year which the resident squirrels promptly chewed off the flower stem! >:( I'm going to have to be vigilant this year with the repellents if I'm ever to get some flowers.
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4
I must admit I do not grow a single one! I'll enjoy them vicariously through others!
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
1800 mm precipitation per year