Saturday, August 13, 2011

More popular demand (Jeff anyway)

Common around the world (including on Horseshoe) I never tire of finding and sniffing Moss Campion (Silene acaulis), as good a reason as any for climbing a mountain. And no, mine don't bloom like this in my garden!

Physaria alpina is a great specialty of the Mosquito and Saguage mountains in central Colorado. It was only named in the 1980's: wonder what people thought it was before that? People includes me, since I hiked up there back then and must have seen it!

Ranunculus eschscholtzii may be the most annoying of all buttercups to spell. In Colorado, it is much less common than R. adoneus, and just as lovely.

Horseshoe has fine displays of Dryas octopetala, literally carpeting the slopes! And there is more (much much more)...but this should keep you amused for a while!


  1. Physaria are the best. And they are easy to germinate and grow. Why don't we see more of them in the garden?

  2. Farrer didn't praise them enough: so much of what we do is just mimicking the Brits (bless 'em). Once the English discover something, then it's OK for us to grow it too...or am I being cynical?


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