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Plants in the Garden: Alpines in the garden are flowering early this year.

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Contribution from Paul Lewis 30 March 2012, 21:48top / bottom of page

With the relatively mild winter and the unseasonably warm weather we have been experiencing this spring, I have noticed that many of the alpine plants in our recently constructed raised bed rock garden and crevice bed are coming into flower already!

In the crevice bed we have Dianthus 'Conwy Rose' from Keith Lever's excellent nursery and the first flower opened today. It is not supposed to flower until May?

Also flowering on the crevice bed are Androsace laevigata, Lithodora zahnii and Gentiana verna ssp. tergestina. On the raised bed a Lewisia cotyledon hybrid is flowering for the second time since November 2011. Also flowering is Gentiana verna, Androsace sempervivoides 'Susan Joan' and Veronica armena.

Several of these plants are normally summer flowering?

Does anyone have similar experiences of early flowering alpines?

Paul Lewis

Contribution from Jon Evans 16 April 2012, 18:41top / bottom of page
Catching up after the London Show

Here are some of the plants which have flowered in my garden in the last few weeks; I finally have a chance to catch up a little.

Anemonella thalictrioides

Flowering in the shady end of the garden

Anemonella thalictrioides
Erythronium revolutum
Erythronium revolutum
Trillium rivale
Trillium rivale
Hellebore hybrid
Hellebore hybrid
Pulmonaria Blue Ensign
Pulmonaria Blue Ensign
Babiana pygmaea

In the Alpine House some of the South African bulbs have been in flower, including this Babiana.

Babiana pygmaea
Ixia pumilio
Ixia pumilio
Lapeirousia hybrid pink
Lapeirousia hybrid pink
Nothoscordum ostenii

from South America

Nothoscordum ostenii
Tropaeolum azureum

The tropaeolums are flowering as well. This one won't make it to the shows this year; I brushed against its support and it pinged at the bottom, so the leaves are dying back, but it is still covered with deep blue flowers.

Tropaeolum azureum
Tropaeolum beuthii
Tropaeolum beuthii
Tropaeolum kingii

No excuses for posting this again - I am delighted.

Tropaeolum kingii
Tropaeolum rhomboideum
Tropaeolum rhomboideum
Pulsatilla grandis
Pulsatilla grandis
Pulsatilla vulgaris

I love pulsatilla flowers even more when they have rain or dew on them.

Pulsatilla vulgaris

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