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Michael J Campbell
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Do you know what kind of creature that nibbles your plant?

I found the little blighters this evening munching on the flowers (small black slugs) they have gone for their holidays. ;)

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.campbell.395 Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/michaelJcampbell63

IMYoung
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So , it was slugs?  Well caught, Michael.

Perhaps it is only my sparrows which are guilty of flower nibbling. The little hooligans:P

Ian  and/or Margaret Young ( -here it is usually Margaret) Aberdeen , North East Scotland, UK Zone 8a

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Michael wrote:

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Do you know what kind of creature that nibbles your plant?

I found the little blighters this evening munching on the flowers (small black slugs) they have gone for their holidays. ;)

Slugs! Is that good news or bad news though? Are the slugs newhatched or older? I have found some newhatched slugs in my seedpots >:( I don't like it at all!

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

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Michael wrote:

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Do you know what kind of creature that nibbles your plant?

I found the little blighters this evening munching on the flowers (small black slugs) they have gone for their holidays. ;)

Hope you got that problem nipped in the bud before they can nip too many of yours!

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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A few more Hepatica.Hepatica Purple nidan saki.Hepatica Purpre nidan sakiHepatica japonica Akane.Hepatica japonica AsahizuruHepatica japonica Haruno awayuki.Hepatica nobilisHepatica japonicaHepatica nobilisHepatica nobilisHepatica nobilis rubra plena

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.campbell.395 Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/michaelJcampbell63

Lori S.
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Beautiful! It's very heartening to see those vivid colours, Michael!  Can any colder zone gardeners who have experimented with H. japonica comment on their experiences? 

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

Michael J Campbell
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Last few.

Hepatica americana.Hepatica americana.Hepatica transylvanica Blue Jewell.Hepatica Japonica Murasaki.Hepatica nobilis

Michael J Campbell in Shannon, County Clare, Ireland http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.campbell.395 Lewisias, alpines ,South African bulbs http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/michaelJcampbell63

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More beauties!

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

RickR
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The colors are quite clear.  Excellent!

Michael (or anyone), do you find that the pH of the soil is important in bringing out the "correct" hues?

I have some H. americana that grow in sandy soil, pH about 6.5.  They seemed to be the same color blue-purple as their parents in the acid soil (pH 5.5-6.0) in Northern Minnesota.  Now I have moved some of them to a clay based pH 7 soil with more sun, and they are pretty much white.

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

Michael J Campbell
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I grow mine in a loamy soil and never bother much about the PH, just throw a handful of lime into the compost when mixing. I would think that it is the sun bleaching the flowers.  Mine are shaded from March until November and full winter sun (and we don't get much of that) the rest of the year.

cheers.

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