Rock Gardens forum: 2015 General Rock Garden Chat

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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Mar 21, 2015 8:37 PM CST
Last week after so much warm weather, I "just had" to uncover my wintering boxes.
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And a good thing, as the Lewisia rediviva were sprouting.
These were the seed batch from last year that went dormant rather quickly. I had hoped they would be doing better...
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Unpacked.
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Most of Minnesota is officially in a drought.
Now I am looking forward to the "big" snowfall we're supposed to get tomorrow and Monday. I am smack dab in the middle of the projected center. Hurray!
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My fritillaria seeds were planted last September, and I get my best germination after a spring snow that stays for a couple days or so.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Mar 22, 2015 2:34 AM CST
I like that screen enclosed "wintering" box.
Squirrels and magpies play havoc with anything not contained here.
I have been using translucent plastic boxes,
but eventually they give out after several winters.
Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Mar 24, 2015 8:03 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Mar 24, 2015 8:07 AM CST
Yay! You received a good amount of it!

It looks similar here, too.
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Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Mar 24, 2015 6:51 PM CST
Well, we finally got a bit of rain here--thankfully!
and I was looking at this picture (cursing the focus)...
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and discovered that one of my fledgling daphnes was celebrating Hurray!
so I ran out to sniff it Lovey dubby and took a picture in the dark, in the rain
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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Mar 24, 2015 7:04 PM CST
Wow! Amazingly beautiful, and so much farther along than we are!!

In contrast, here's mine from yesterday. Hilarious!
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Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Mar 24, 2015 7:32 PM CST
I'm sorry Chelle!
but you probably won't be dragging the hose around for a while--
we've had a terribly dry (and mild) winter here and everything is early. My roses have never looked better though, and none of them have to start over from the ground this year, which is nice Thumbs up
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Apr 9, 2015 8:01 AM CST
I tidied up the rock garden yesterday, and wouldn't you know it but the first wild animal damage of the year was in there! Guess I'll be attempting to toss around Milorganite today, while juggling a bucket and an umbrella. Hilarious!

The good news is that the new transplants seem to be doing okay so far ...even with the nearly non-stop rain. Now if I can just keep the critters away...!
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
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Leftwood
Apr 9, 2015 11:26 AM CST
Would love to see a pic of your Lewisia rediviva, Chelle. I'm pretty sure there are doing much better than mine.... Whistling
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Apr 9, 2015 11:37 AM CST
It still looks very much the same as it did last fall, but as soon as ( or if Whistling ) it does something new I'll post a picture of it. That's the one that didn't disappear as soon as the snow cover left. I'm not at all sure about the status of other one.

What are yours doing?
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Name: Rick R.
near Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Region: Minnesota Plant Identifier
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Leftwood
Apr 9, 2015 2:35 PM CST
So I went to look for the Lewisia I have pictured in the first post of this thread, and at present, it is lost within my pot ghetto. Whistling

But now, 2 weeks after that big snowfall, I have some others germinating at the 40°F temperature regime:
Lewisia rediviva from wild collected seed in the Wenatchee Mtns, and Lewisia rediviva from garden collected NARGS seed
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Oxytropis viscida - unscarified seed planted in early spring 2013. Only seven seeds, so 2 full years and the third season seems to be the magic number.
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Also Fritillaria stenanthera and F. sewerzowii so far.

Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
May 17, 2015 8:08 PM CST
Check it out--it lives and blooms this time Smiling
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 22, 2015 11:46 PM CST
I was wondering if anyone has ever grown this Raoulia albosericea. A friend gave me one but it looks dead. I'll get a picture in the morning.
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jun 22, 2015 11:51 PM CST
You might want to research the care for it. I bought a 4" pot at a nursery and it was dead in a week or so.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 22, 2015 11:53 PM CST
I looked not much out there for info. I think this is dead but maybe it will come around. Planted it in some semp soil.
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jun 22, 2015 11:58 PM CST
I don't know if I watered it too much or not enough. It died before I got it planted out. Tomorrow I'll check some of my rock garden books for info.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 23, 2015 8:50 AM CST
Thank You!
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Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jun 23, 2015 2:58 PM CST
This is what I have found. Raoulias are alpine plants native to the mountains of New Zealand. Plant in sunny place in well draining moist, gritty soil (like scree that has some organic matter mixed in). They take regular watering in the summer but protect from winter wet. Not sure what that means in the PNW. Confused Information indicates they are evergreen.

Synonyms: Raoulia hookeri var. albosericea and R. australis var. albosericea (from Catalog of Life).
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Jun 23, 2015 3:54 PM CST
Thank you Connie. PNW is just wet so not much hope if this is still alive.
Sempervivum for Sale
Name: Connie
Willamette Valley OR (Zone 8a)
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pardalinum
Jun 23, 2015 5:52 PM CST
I would love to grow it but it sounds like it would have to be in a container that could be pulled under the eaves. This is the kind of plant that I think would look best in the garden or trough. I have too many plants to babysit in the winter as it is!

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