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23rd August 2012

The mild to warm weather we’ve had this summer has brought a profusion of flowers in the Lesotho plant area. Diascia barberae, Athrixia fontana, Helichrysum basalticum and Kniphofia caulescens are just a few of the plants in full bloom. All of them originate from the cooperation project with Katse Botanic Garden in Lesotho. It’s been exciting to see all these new plants, selected for the Schachen from the high mountains in eastern Lesotho which enjoy a wet climate, doing so well in the Alpine Garden. They reach their flowering peak after the Himalayan plants are over and extend our flowering season right up until we close in September.

Campanula collina

Campanula raineri

Cyananthus lobatus

Delphinium confusum

Diascia barberae u.a. Lesotho-Pflanzen

Senecio macrospermus

7th August 2012

Aster alpinus

Athrixia fontana

Cremanthodium arnicoides

Delphinium beesianum

Dimorphotheca jucunda

Hieracium villosum

Lilium bulbiferum

Primula reptans

Primula wollastonii

Lesotho plants

28th July 2012

After a cool start to the week with temperatures below 10°C last Monday, by Friday Summer was back with the temperature soaring to 24°C.

As I’m writing this I can see the mist sinking and the rain won’t be far behind. The blue poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia) is in full flower. The indigenous flora is past peak flowering while the Himalayan plants are in full flower. The southern hemisphere plant areas are still a few weeks away from their peak flowering period.

As always, there are many interesting plants in flower.

Calceolaria biflora

Campanula scheuchzeri

Celmisia spec.

Cremanthodium arnicoides × delavayi

Dianthus pavonius

Erodium manescavii

Hebe hectori

Lilium monadelphum

Meconopsis betonicifolia

Meconopsis napaulensis

Ruschia spec.

Silene elisabethae

Himalayan plants

19th July 2012

Campanula pulla

Campanula thyrsoides

Felicia rosulata

Globularia cordifolia

Gymnadenia conopsea

Haplocarpha rueppellii

Lilium bulbiferum

Lilium jankae

Lilium kesselringianum

Lotus corniculatus

Meconopsis quintuplinervia

Meconopsis racemosa

Meconopsis × cookei

Mertensia ciliata

Nomocharis saluenensis

Primula reidii var. williamsii

Primula secundiflora

Primula sikkimensis

Primula sikkimensis subsp. hoppeana

Trollius ranunculoides

Zaluzianskya oreophila

After the warm days of the past weeks and rainstorms most nights, the Alpine Garden is shortly before peak flowering. The first flowers of Meconopsis × sheldonii are open and the mass of buds promise a good season of flowers. Meanwhile the smaller plants of Meconopsis quintuplinervia and M. henrici are in full bloom. The latter has been covered with a fine mesh as pure seed are needed for the next generation of this seldom seen Meconopsis. The meadows in close vicinity to the garden are in full flower with Primula farinosa forming carpets of flowers in Schachengrund dotted with flowering plants of Gentiana clusii and the occasional Pinguicula alpina.

29th June 2012

Arnebia pulchra

Corydalis cashmeriana

Gentiana angustifolia 'Alba'

Gentiana punctata

Meconopsis grandis

Ourisia caespitosa

Phyllodoce empetriformis

Primula farinosa

Primula minkwitziae

Ranunculus amplexicaulis

Rhodothamnus chamaecistus

20th June 2012

Adonis pyrenaica

Anemone obtusiloba

Cortusa matthiola

Fritillaria pallidiflora

Gentiana angustifolia hybrid

Polemonium viscosum

Primula amoena

Primula pedemontana

Primula szechuanica

Primula warshenewskiana subsp. rhodantha

Schachen alpine garden

6th June 2012

Crocus albiflorus

Primula clusiana

Primula denticulata

Rhododendron thompsonii subsp. chamaedendoron

Alpine garden

Photos and text: Jennifer Wainwright-Klein

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