tiny phloxes

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penstemon
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More pictures of the sand piles. (Grade Z pictures, sorry.)

First is the large sand pile. Second is the little sand pile. Cages are for irises, etc. (Iris paradoxa in cage in lower left of first picture.)

The sand piles were created so I wouldn't have to do any watering. 

 

Bob

 

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

deesen
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Been doing some browsing through the Alplains catalogue, making lists and things. Better stop before the kid's inheritance hits nil!

David Nicholson in Devon, UK  Zone 9b

Gryboski
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Bob, what's a rough estimate on the depth of your sand pile?

Lori S.
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Been doing some browsing through the Alplains catalogue, making lists and things. Better stop before the kid's inheritance hits nil!

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You know, in the long run, the kid will probably appreciate more what he/she earns for him/herself...  

(Just trying to help you out there, David!  wink)

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

penstemon
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Anywhere from one to three feet deep. (30-90cm.) Half sand and half pea gravel. There are several beds like this. 

If container-grown plants are planted, they need extra watering to get their roots down into the sand. 

 

 

 

Just about the coldest place in North America right now. Low of 0 (-17C) for tonight. 

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

Lori S.
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Winter hit suddenly and with great finality on Sunday here.  There's probably nothing more pathetic than feeling compelled to one-up your already dismal weather forecast but...I hate to say that it's already -15 C here, with an overnight low of -22 C forecast.  Phooey.  My hands are cold just sitting here at the computer.

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

penstemon
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Oh, I looked at the weather channel for Calgary and they have things mixed up. I guess it's nice to know that all this air isn't aimed directly at me.

I suppose it will be 30C here next week. It's nice to know that alpine plants manufacture their cryoprotective sugars year-round. 

 

Bob

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

penstemon
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More phloxes. 

Phlox hoodii, P. muscoides (aka P. hoodii subsp. muscoides, or whatever), P. alyssifolia. Low-res pictures. 

It's the middle of November, and it will be ten below zero tonight.

 

 

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

penstemon
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More tiny phloxes. These are from twenty-year-old slides.

Phlox caespitosa (two pictures), P. kelseyi (with Vanessa cardui), Phlox pulvinata (two pictures).

 

 

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

penstemon
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Yet more tiny phloxes. Phlox tumulosa (P. griseola subsp. tumulosa)

Bob

extreme western edge of Denver, Colorado; elevation 1705.6 meters, average annual precipitation 30cm; refuses to look at thermometer if it threatens to go below -17C

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