Nice to see you again too Kathy! The color on that penstemon just blew me away 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
Here's another favorite from last summer ..... apparantly I'm easily impressed with blue flowers .... lol
This is Gentiana bavarica, also raised from seed
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .......
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.