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Piccies of Alpines today.


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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 7:33 pm    Post subject: Piccies of Alpines today. Reply with quote

Gentian.







Lewisia.







Phlox.







? Daphne?







Lychnis Alpinus.









More Lewisias.








Androsace.




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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More lovely pics! Isn't the blue of the gentian a knockout? I'm interested to see the lewisias. I killed the first one I bought, years ago - I didn't know they need such free drainage. I've recently bought three more and hope to do better with them. Maybe I'll be posting my own pictures of them in a year.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe you could do a midnight run down to Limerick and rob a few and pass them off as your own!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That red and green one near the end is stunning, v.exotic looking!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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More lovely pics! Isn't the blue of the gentian a knockout? I'm interested to see the lewisias. I killed the first one I bought, years ago - I didn't know they need such free drainage. I've recently bought three more and hope to do better with them. Maybe I'll be posting my own pictures of them in a year.


Some of my Lewisias have died. The roots rotted, even though I thought they were in fast draining soil.

Half are still alive but I'm certainly not happy with that because normally I struggle to kill anything. Look at these sideways and I think they die. Smile

I've found out since, that they like to be north-facing, like acidic soil and you should remove all the compost that they come in and then plant the roots into a fast draining medium. However, having said that, it was my north-facing ones that gave up the ghost first !?!?

If I can find some more for sale this year, I'll let you know how I get on with the plantings. This is going to be a challenge because I'd say I'm up against it with this lot. Sad

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That's too bad! I hope any new ones you get do better for you. I'm going to pot mine up next month, I think. I'll gratefully follow your tips on removing old soil, etc. thanks.
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Hi KS. Ive just had a look at your "Little Garden..." on our laptop and I'm finding all the buttons work properly. My previous difficulty must be something to do with my Ipad. Its a lovely slideshow and does your garden proud. Sometime, I'll get to see it for real, I hope!
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If you ever "fall out of the bottom" of Donegal and keep on going down south, you're more than welcome.
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Given the tendency of gravity to attract things towards the centre of mass (didn't someone once tell me Limerick is the centre of the universe?) it's more likely than not that I'll vist someday.

Thanks for the invitation.
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Allendale Charm yesterday.

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That is beautiful. A real treat and well named.

I've just had to go on an Internet trawl as the name Allendale intrigued me. It's a village in the upper Tyne valley in the north of England and I have family connections there. We spent two lovely summer holidays there when I was little. There are lots of Allendale cultivars - do you know anything about Ray Fairbairn who bred them?
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I've heard of Ray Fairbairn who bred all the Allendale varieties. There's a note about him in one of my copies of "The Alpine Gardener" but I can't seem to find it at the mo'. I think all the Allendale varieties have short flower stems (but I could be wrong on that). If Allendales are Geordies then they'll be tough plants. Smile Smile

I put in the bones for three new troughs at the weekend but it'll be a couple of months before I'll have plants to put into them.








(I still have to tweak this one.)

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Was that a tin of exploding spaghetti on the wall?
Is that tofu in the third picture?
Might be going to Waterville shortly, that visit could be on.

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tagwex wrote:

Might be going to Waterville shortly, that visit could be on.


I'm emigrating. Smile Smile

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