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Next WPG
« on: February 19, 2011, 12:30:22 PM »
UPDATE: All Erics WPG projects discussed in this topic, presenting his collections of Alpine Garden Show photos, have now been added to the main page on the web site reserved for users of Ideas Genie Pro.
Heres the link:
http://www.ideasforgardens.net

Rather than add to the Palustris page I have started a new one.
http://www.ideasforgardens.net/palustris/Pershore/
Had real difficulty with this one. One page (maybe more, not checked them all properly yet) would not load. Discovered that the link on the site was to a Page which did not exist. ie Pershore0014 was the page with the picture and information on it, but the site wanted to look for Pershore0126. So I changed the name of 0014 to  0126 to match and it now seems to work. Very odd!
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Re: Next WPG
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2011, 07:53:52 PM »
Well done again Eric 8)

Ive been through them all, and I saw photos for each one.

I particularly like that little Astilbe crispa Perkeo.
Have you ever tried to grow it? If its readily available, I will give it a try.

I'm also very fond of Erigerons, and Erigeron Canary Bird looks like a lovely colour break.

On to the Campanulas - they are all fantastic. If I had to pick one, I'd go for Campanula hercegoviniana nana, Campanula Blythe Spirit and Campanula raineri Gothenburg form (tee hee  ;D).

Thymus ciliceus is putting on some show, isn't it! Wouldn't mind one or two of them :D

I'm also an avid collector of Leucanthemums - they do really well in my garden.
Leucanthemum African Eyes reminds me of a plant which I grew called Rhodanthemum 'African Eyes' .
It survived for about 3 or 4 years outdoors, but "passed away" 2 years ago. Recommended!
Another dainty and exquisite one I grew was Leucanthemum catananche. Problem was, the slugs also loved it. It survived for a few years and I'd love to grow it again.

What took your fancy when you visited that show Eric?
Were there plants for sale?

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Re: Next WPG
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2011, 08:48:57 PM »
There are always plants for sale, but cannot remember what I bought. I think there were a lot went home with us. Probably all dead now.
They have changed a lot of names so your Rhodanthemum was probably the same plant.
Tried Canary Bird a few times. It dies!

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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2011, 09:06:35 PM »
If you cant keep it growing with your alpine gardening expertise, then I would have no chance, Eric :'(

You may well be correct about the Rhodanthemum. I'll check it out.

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2011, 08:51:57 AM »
Checked yesterday, we have something very similar to the Astilbe Perkeo which has survived in a shady part of the rock garden for a good few years now. There are a couple of others  very similar, A. pumilum and A. Willie Buchan (or something like that name). All are very easy and hardy.

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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2011, 01:19:55 PM »
The final set of pages from last years shows
http://www.ideasforgardens.net/palustris/Wilmslow

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2011, 07:43:43 PM »
You get around Eric!
Its very good of you to share the photos of the plants which obviously impressed you on your visits.
I'm browsing through this last set on coffee breaks :)

Many thanks for your supreme efforts :)

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Re: Next WPG
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2011, 08:41:57 PM »
Have to think of something else to do now ! At least until Loughborough on the 5th.of  March. Going to try changing the White Balance on the camera to see if that helps. If not then there is always Blackpool the following week!

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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2011, 10:30:47 AM »
After changing  lot of mistakes (not all mine, some were the exhibitors) here are the show plants from Blackpool
http://www.ideasforgardens.net/palustris/Blackpool/

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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2011, 11:49:36 PM »
Great work again Eric, and over 200 photos this time. That must take you ages to prepare.
Thanks again for sharing your show experience with us.

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« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2011, 08:36:46 AM »
Obviously the pictures are yours for the using in the Database as required.

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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2011, 08:19:25 AM »
Thanks Eric. That is very much appreciated, believe me. I will enjoy adding those when I finish the Bank Genie Pro project.
Keep up the good work :)

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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2011, 04:36:36 PM »
And here is the effort from the Whitworth show.
http://www.ideasforgardens.net/palustris/Whitworth/

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Re: Next WPG
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2011, 09:51:55 PM »
Great show again Eric (your photos of course ;D)
Thats a lovely little selection of Corydalis you've pulled together.
I had no idea there was such a diverse range of colours available in that genus.
Ive a yellow variety in my garden which self seeds easily. Flowers all summer.
Ive tried to grow C. flexuosa a number of times, but it doesn't do well and lasts one season.
Thats it as far as colours Ive tried, so its nice to see white through to salmon.
Are they hardy in the garden?

Beautiful presentation of Primulas. I just love those plants. Spring would never be the same without them.
Are those varieties hardy?

Fritillaria gibbosa - unusual flower shape. Looks like the usual shy nodding bells (if anything similar to the varieties I know) have opened wide for the camera, and so has Fritillaria kittaniae Yellow form!

Soldanella's - gorgeous! Aren't they really quaint.

Thanks again for sharing them with us here Eric!



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Re: Next WPG
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2011, 10:29:16 AM »
The forms of C. solida seem to be hardy and easy to grow in our shade garden. Not really tried any of the others. They are the IN plant of this season.
The P. allionii are from the Alps, but they grow under overhanging limestone cliffs in one small area. They will take any amount of frost, but absolutely hate getting any water on their sticky leaves. They are grown indoors in Britain in as draughty a greenhouse as possible and never watered from above.  There is/was a nursery in Ireland which has/had dozens of different ones on offer.

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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2011, 09:34:17 PM »
Yes, I buy a few plants from that Nursery each year Eric - its about 10 miles from me.

How do you propagate your C. solida? I'd love to give them a try.
Are they same colour as this:
http://www.finegardening.com/plantguide/corydalis-solida-fumewort.aspx

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« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2011, 10:17:47 AM »
All Corydalis are best propagated from fresh sown seed. They do spread from bulbs, but not quickly (at least in our garden). I have never had any success from seed. They germinate ok, but I do not have the knack of getting them through their first dormant period. If you want different colours then look for ones labelled C.solida Penza strain. Seeds from a collection of them should give a full range of colours.

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« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2011, 10:07:46 PM »
Thanks for that info Eric. Ive done a bit of surfing and find they are a very desirable plant.
Theres a good range on offer here:
http://www.odysseybulbs.com/alliumtoipheion2.html


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« Reply #18 on: April 03, 2011, 09:08:03 AM »
Now that is just cruel, showing all those plants in an American catlogue!

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« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2011, 09:56:29 AM »
Wicked of me, eh?  :D
Good news for our American members, of course. They are spoiled for choice  8)


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Re: Next WPG
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2011, 12:49:59 PM »
I think Janis Ruksans in ?Latvia sells a lot of them too, but again rather out of my price range. I have bought a few from AGS shows members stalls.

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« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2011, 10:22:11 PM »
We have one Alpine event in N.Ireland each year. Ive never been yet, but if I gate a chance I certainly will.
Heres a link to a very old page as a reminder to me:
http://www.greenmountgarden.co.uk/news/news_story.php?news_id=19

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« Reply #23 on: April 15, 2011, 09:39:09 PM »
Well done again Eric. How do you manage to take so many photos at one show! In this case, 226 + the photo you use as a starter.
Its really good of you to think of others and sharing what you see on the day. Its dedication beyond the call of duty.
I hope you find time to chat to the exhibitors and friends you meet.

I see one plant in there that I actually have (rare in that you specialise in Alpines - difficult to grow for me)
Rhododendron 'Patty Bee'.
Mine is in flower at the moment. Its a small plant yet, only three years old, and its very slow growing.
I have to say its a beauty, and well worth of its AGM status.

Nice range of Trillium in there Eric. Do you grow any?
The Cassiope's seem to be very floriferous plants. Do you grow any?

That Cyclamen coum looks rather special - I love that foliage!

Those Daphnes are smothered in bloom!

Lovely photos Eric, and many thanks once again for spending what must have been hours making up your WPG website.


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« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2011, 08:21:37 AM »
I have a few Trilliums in the shade garden, but they arenever as good as those show plants for some reason. We have a friend who has them spreading through their garden, self seeding. Most frustrating really.
We have tried without success the Cassiopes. they just die off on us. I think our humidity levels are wrong for them.
The C. coum is one which I have somewhere, but it does ot seem to self seed plants with the same quality of leaf.
Lost almost all my Daphnes this winter, will not be replacing them. Even baby plants are beyond our pockets these days.
And you need to almost double the number of photos taken as I also take pics of the labels if they are not obvious in the single shot. They are then discarded once the photos are named. That is what takes the time more than anything else.
Managed the upload with about 2 minutes to spare in the 2 hour window.