one day closer to spring

See how optimistic I can be?

Back in the old days, in the last century, spring used to start right about now, with alpine plants blooming, but then a curse fell over the garden, a curse that apparently can only be lifted by installing heating cables under the ground. I’m not exactly sure what’s happened to winters here, but those long spells of temperatures in the 60s seem to be a thing of the past.

Oh well. I scanned some more of Cindy’s slides. Their original purpose was to have plenty of slides to show when the occasion arose. It took about five rolls of film to produce one “acceptable” slide, a process I never really understood.

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Fritillaria meleagris

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Gentiana acaulis hybrid, probably with G. angustifolia.

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Gentiana, or Gentianoides, algida on Loveland Pass

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Gentiana algida

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Iris reticulata ‘harmony’

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Iris reticulata ‘Springtime’

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Iris reticulata ‘Natascha’

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Lewisia rediviva, the bitterroot

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Lewisia tweedyi

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Linum spathulatum

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Linum hirsutum subsp. pseudoanatolicum, Rosa kokanica above

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6 Responses to one day closer to spring

  1. Ricki Grady says:

    That must have been one finnicky photographer, but the keepers are truly stunning. They lift my spirits no end.

  2. Those linums are to DIE for…and what a clump of Fritillaria michaelovskyi. Hard to believe it was once thought to be extinct. Do you still have the Rosa kokanica? I remember that from Kazakhstan…it is stunning!

    More, MORE MORE! I want MORE pix!

  3. The gentians are stunning. Have only tried to grow one once, I wonder if I would have any luck if I tried again, maybe on a plant table?

    • paridevita says:

      Visitor here from Portland, said he wished he could grow gentians. I thought everything grew there. Maybe they like having their hindquarters frozen off every winter……

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