I first went to China in the late 1990's as part of a Sister City's trip to Kunming (Denver's Sister City). The Chinese staged an unbelievable Floral Exposition there that occupied well over 100 acres and our ostensible purpose of the trip was to pay official homage. They made a huge deal out of our visit (not many Europeans or non-East Asian attended this amazing exposition which attracted over 20 million visitors during its duration of a year)...I understand the site was transformed into a permanent horticultural park--I plan on checking it out before or after this tour to be sure. It was a pretty fantastic sight and I ran out of film on my trip to it... I returned to China a few years later and was due to visit many new sites in the mountains--but my two days in the Yulongshan on my first trip was my only taste of the Chinese Himalaya...it was NOT ENOUGH!
|Anemone demissa on the Yulongshan foothills|
|Arisaema aff. yunnanense growing on rocky scree, Yulongshan|
|Arisaema utile,in subalpine forest of Yulongshan|
|Adiantum venustum on Yulongshan|
|Cypripedium macranthum on Yulongshan|
|Cypripedium macranthum on Yulongshan (C flavum in the background)|
|Gentiana melandriifolium photographed by Ed Conners in Cangshan above Dali|
|Iris forrestii in the Rock Alpine Garden 1986 or so|
|Iris delavayi in the Rock Alpine Garden ca, 1997|
Another "siberian" from Western China: this one was dazzling for several years and produced buckets of seed, which of course I neglected to bank...
|Iris delavayi in the Rock Alpine Garden|
|Primula pulverulenta on the Yulongshan|
|Primula beesiana on the Yulongshan|
|Quercus dentata on Yulongshan (see Jim Henrich for height comparison!)|
|Stellera chamaejasme on Yulongshan with Iris decora photobombing....|
I end with a twofer! This Stellera was quite abundant, as were some dazzling daphnes, including the golden ones...
Click HERE if you want more info on the trip. The trip is one that Harry Jans, the dedoubtable Dutch plantsman has led many times and passed along to us. Do check his amazing website and you can see images he's taken on this very trip (from Lijiang to Shangrila) on several occasions. Or maybe you shouldn't: he has so many great pictures if you get on his Smugmug photogallery you may not need to take a trip ever again!
Thus far, we have ten pretty special people signed up for this trip. There will be a lavish spread about it in the upcoming Rock Garden Quarterly that expect will fill it up--but I thought that my Blog readers deserved a chance to sign up before I start a bigger campaign to be sure we get to Yunnan this summer, OR BUST!