Alpine Images forum: My favorite alpines

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ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 18, 2010 5:56 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
I love so many alpines it is hard to narrow down my favorites. I must say I am rather partial to Incarvillea mairei...I grew this one from seed over 10 years ago.

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Imagerannveig
Feb 26, 2010 10:18 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Hi Todd! Nice to find you over here Hurray! Love the looks of your cubit Thumbs up I'll have to have a look around!

I love Incarvillae mairei as well ...... but like you said, it's hard to pick a favorite!
Imagerannveig
Feb 26, 2010 2:59 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
I think my favorite alpine changes each year .... it's usually something I've raised from seed that's flowering for the first time.

This was a top favorite last summer:

Penstemon crandalii

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Imageboojum
Feb 26, 2010 5:55 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Great to see you again Rannveig! I hope you and your family are having a cozy winter. I love the color of your penstemon!
Imagerannveig
Feb 26, 2010 8:09 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Nice to see you again too Kathy! The color on that penstemon just blew me away Smiling never before seen a blue penstemon up close and personal ;-)

Unfortunately we're going through a crisis on a personal and national level so ...... we're just trying to cope and take it one day at a time. I'm hoping and praying that I'll still have a garden in the coming years, but I might not Sad

Here's another favorite from last summer ..... apparantly I'm easily impressed with blue flowers .... lol
This is Gentiana bavarica, also raised from seed Smiling

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Imageboojum
Feb 26, 2010 11:04 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
So sorry to hear that. I realized that I have heard about Iceland's woes on the radio. I know first hand what is like to face losing your house and/or garden. But so far we remain here and I continue to go wild. I love gentians as much as irises. I have never heard of that one. It is gorgeous! I also love true blue flowers. What season do they bloom? I lost a spring gentian but my scabra and fall ones are very consistent.
Imagerannveig
Feb 27, 2010 5:12 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
G. bavarica is a spring gentian, looks very much like G. verna which I've had no luck with so I was thrilled when I got a bloom on this one!

Sorry you've had trouble as well, I sure hope you'll be able to stay where you are, your gardens are amazing.

This winter has been a mild one, with little snow, so it'll be interesting to see how the alpines have fared. They're lost under a foot of snow now though so they should be nice and cozy at the moment ..... it's not supposed to last long though.
Imageboojum
Feb 27, 2010 7:11 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Ha! We just had a run of snowstorms here. Want some?
ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 28, 2010 4:36 AM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
Hi Rannveig! Welcome! I won't be around much for the next week as I head out of town within the next few minutes! I have no luck with that particular Penstemon or Gentian so you are two up on me!
Imagerannveig
Feb 28, 2010 12:22 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thanks Todd - hope you have a good trip. I'd pretty much decided the penstemon wouldn't survive here before I tried it ... so it was a very pleasant surprise how well it's done so far. We've yet to see how it'll do after this winter ... we've had a lot less snow cover. The gentian is braving it's first winter outside so the jury's still out on that one ;-)

Another plant I thought didn't stand a chance here .... but so far so good. I think this is it's 3rd winter.

Verbascum dumulosum, absolutely love it Smiling

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Imageboojum
Feb 28, 2010 4:37 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
So pretty!!
ImageTodd_Boland
Mar 6, 2010 2:37 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
Considering that particular penstemon comes from sagebrush regions, it is amazing it is growing in Iceland. You might do better with the Dasystemon group as they are more tolerant to wet...these include P. fruticosus, P. lyallii, P. davidsonii, P. ellipticus, P. scoulei, P. cardwellii and P. rupicola.
Imagerannveig
Mar 6, 2010 3:07 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Todd - yeah, I can't figure it out. Even leftover plants I had standing in pots on the north side of the house in wind and rain over winter made it! I have P. fruticosus and it's doing very well. I'd like to try P. rupicola too .......

P. fruticosus

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ImageHappyJackMom
Mar 23, 2010 7:25 PM CST
Name: Donna Yates
Happy Jack, AZ - Zone 5a
Rannveig, those are beautiful. I've never seen some of them before. That Penstemon crandalii is outstanding. I wonder where I could get seeds of it? We live at 7,000 in the mountains of North central Arizona, so we share the weather with others on here. No desert for us, IF we can help it. ^_^ Penstemon do very well here and even have some wild ones that DH transplanted from the backyard to the front yard. I was surprised they made it and should do well again this year.

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ImageTodd_Boland
Mar 24, 2010 4:19 AM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
Welcome Donna! Yes, you live in the land of Penstemons..they are among my favs!
Imageboojum
Mar 24, 2010 5:55 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Same here. I used to live in Tucson and I grew many colors of penstemons and salvias! They don't do as well here. I do have a basic coral penstemon though I can't seem to grow the big fancy ones.
Imagerannveig
Mar 24, 2010 6:57 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Hi Donna! Thank you for your kind comments. I ordered the penstemon seed from Rocky Mountain Rare Plants ..... they have a website: http://www.rmrp.com, lots of goodies on their seedlist!
ImageHappyJackMom
Dec 31, 2010 12:32 AM CST
Name: Donna Yates
Happy Jack, AZ - Zone 5a
Thank you for the link Rannveig. I love the blue of the Penstemon angustifolius they have. I will have to look into that one for sure. Thumbs up
Imagerannveig
Dec 31, 2010 7:52 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
you're welcome - but you'll have to be quick to order - I think this is the last year they're offering seed.

Rann

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