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28th August 2011

Butterfly on Carlina acaulis

Dendranthema zawadskii

Gentiana cashmeriana

Gentiana hexaphylla

Hirpicium armerioides

Gentiana pannonica

Senecio and Kniphofia

26th July 2011

Aster alpinus

Cyananthus lobatus

Meconopsis napaulensis-Hybride

Potentilla ambigua

Saussurea alpina subsp. depressa

24th July 2011

We’re well into summer now with the Himalayan Edelweiss in flower and the spikes of the Yellow Gentian, Gentiana lutea, framing the views to the mountains. The indigenous Saxifrages, Saxifraga aizoides and Saxifraga caesia, are in full bloom. Unusually, the early start to the summer with the snow melting at least 4 weeks ahead of time has been maintained with the flower buds of Eryngium alpinum turning blue already, which usually occurs in mid-August. Adding to the blue Felicia rosulata, shown in impressions from the 2nd of July, are the yellow “buttons” of Cotula socialis and the pink flowers of Diascia cf. barbarae. Another August flowerer, Senecio macrospermus, isn’t waiting for the weather to turn warmer before opening its yellow daisy-like blooms. Perhaps the Kniphofia caulescens will manage to flower this year before the garden closes on the 7th of September. The race is definitely on to flower and reproduce before the onset of autumn and/or winter.

Campanula cochlearifolia

Epilobium fleischeri

Gentiana lutea

Viola cornuta

2nd July 2011

Calceolaria biflora with sleet

Felicia rosulata from Lesotho, Southern Africa

Lilium carniolicum

Meconopsis napaulensis hybrid

Pyrola minor with sleet

Silene davidii from China

23rd June 2011

Ajuga pyramidalis

Asperula capitata

Leontopodium alpinum

Lotus alpinus

Mertensia ciliata

Primula muscarioides

Primula reidii "williamsii"

Thalictrum aquilegifolium

7th June 2011

The big attraction in July will undoubtedly be the Megacarpaea polyandra with its majestic flower scape up to 2 m high. A member of the Cabbage Family, Brassicaceae, it needs approximately 10 years from seed to flowering. After flowering the scape is covered with large seeds, hence the name mega = large, carpaea = seed. At the end of the season the plant dies and the next generation has to be propagated from the seed again. This is definitely an unusual plant which does not tolerate any heat or dryness when in growth.

Megacarpaea polyandra

The Blue Poppy from the Himalayas is also opening its first buds together with the early flowering species of the Himalayan Primulas. On the way up to the garden keep your eyes open for the sky blue flowers of Clematis alpina growing beneath the trees. Gentians, Primulas, Pinguicula and other gems of the meadows are also in full flower.

Arnebia pulchra

Clematis alpina

Cotula pyrethrifolia

Daphne glomerata

Gentiana angustifolia

Gentiana angustifolia 'Alba'

Primula ioessa

Primula parryi

Ranunculus parnassifolia

Photos and text: Jennifer Wainwright-Klein

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