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Title: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Tristan_He on March 09, 2021, 08:49:54 AM
A couple of pictures of saxifrages from the rockery. They are perennial, long-lived, attractive and easy, so it's important to take care not to have a rockery that ends up with these and nothing else! Looking at the dates they are about a week later than last year.

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Saxifraga sancta. This has made a lovely patch over the years but it now needs to have its spread curtailed to prevent it overwhelming other things.

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A S. burseriana clone I bought at the joint show in Kendal in 2016 (our daughter who was 7 at the time picked it). As sometimes happens in tufa areas it didn't really take and languished for a couple of years before I dismantled and rebuilt the rockery around it. Now it's thriving and has approximately doubled in size in the last year.

Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: suesimpson33 on March 10, 2021, 04:40:58 PM
Sax house 2021

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Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: alan2222 on March 11, 2021, 03:23:21 PM
Some saxifrages currently brightening up the greenhouse on a wet and windy day:

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Frederick Chopin

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Sissi

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Dana

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Primrose Dame

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Polka

Cheers, Alan
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: alan2222 on March 11, 2021, 03:40:12 PM
And a few more:

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Lojzicka

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Auguste Renoir

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Red Poll

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Allendale Jo

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Donnington Manor

Cheers, Alan

Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: shelagh on March 11, 2021, 05:06:24 PM
What wonderful plants everyone they certainly brighten up a windy/rainy day. thanks for letting us see them.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: kris on March 11, 2021, 08:07:47 PM
Very nice saxifrage. They grow very well in the  green house. Treat for the sight.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Giles on March 14, 2021, 02:41:19 PM
Saxifraga oppositifolia
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on March 14, 2021, 03:11:42 PM
Saxifraga oppositifolia

BIG flowers, Giles!
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Giles on March 15, 2021, 09:38:11 AM
'Blush'
'Ruth Draper'
'Splendens'
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: DaveM on March 15, 2021, 12:18:13 PM
In a trough:
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Saxifraga 'Cumulus' (top); 'Jenkinsae' (centre); 'Tenerife' (right), with S. apiculata 'alba' in part on left. Trough with Lakeland green slate.

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Saxifraga oppositifolia in same trough

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Saxifraga 'Sulphurea' in a tufa trough

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Saxifraga ?x boydii ??? name long gone or buried beneath cushion; in the rock garden
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: alan2222 on March 15, 2021, 02:43:54 PM
The milder weather in the Black Isle over the past week has been bringing the saxifrages on a treat.  A few more photos of these little gems:

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Allendale Charm

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Miluj Mne (LOVE ME)

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Omar Khayyam

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Penelope

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Tysoe Burgundy

Cheer, Alan
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: alan2222 on March 15, 2021, 02:51:13 PM
And a few more:

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Walter Irving

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William Shakespeare

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Burgel

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Winifred



Cheers, Alan

Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Mike Ireland on March 15, 2021, 02:54:01 PM
Fantastic saxifraga everybody. 

Saxifraga Tenerife on my tufa wall.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Pauli on March 15, 2021, 02:58:17 PM
Wonderful plants here.
Unfortunately they are difficult to grow here in lowland Austria nowadays because of climate change. Only plants from southern origin drive with some effort, those with Himalayan background dwindle away....
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: ruweiss on March 15, 2021, 08:52:17 PM
Herbert, I fully agree your writing. Until 30 years ago, the cultivation of S.oppositifolia was was no problem
for me at all, but now the summer temperatures permit me this. The same is with most of the other species and
cultivars  and also most of the cushion forming Androsaces. Our climate now is good for growing wine and steppe
plants. Me must try to make the best of it and keep gardening.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: kris on March 17, 2021, 01:08:05 AM
very attractive saxifrage everyone. I love the diminutive nature of the plant with lots and lots of flowers.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on March 18, 2021, 05:21:55 PM
Saxifragas now  in the  alpine  house  of  Sue  Simpson....... and  Happy  Brithday today, Sue!

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Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: kris on March 20, 2021, 12:46:05 AM
 :) feast for the eyes.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Tristan_He on March 21, 2021, 11:45:20 AM
That's quite a saxifrage collection! The perfect domes they form are very beautiful.

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...that said I also love the way saxifrages will mould their shape to their surroundings in a crevice garden, as they often do in the wild. Here is Saxifraga oppositifolia, one of my favourites.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: ashley on March 21, 2021, 02:18:20 PM
That looks so natural & happy Tristan.
Here it is in N Sweden, usually among rocks but sometimes in more open ground on lateral morraine:
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: alan2222 on March 24, 2021, 08:52:23 AM
Another week and another batch of saxifrages coming into their own.  Weíve been blessed with wonderful weather on the Black Isle this year:

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Allendale Desire

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Tenerife

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Allendale Bamby

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Coolock Gem

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Coolock Kate

Cheers, Alan
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: alan2222 on March 24, 2021, 09:04:41 AM
Wonderful views of Sueís greenhouse and fantastic saxifrages - one day Iíll maybe manage to reach that standard!  Definitely something to aspire to.  In the meantime, a few more from my more modest collection:

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Arthur

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Tvuj Uspech (YOUR SUCCESS)

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Tysoe Robin

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Tysoe Makalu

Good growing, Cheers, Alan
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on March 24, 2021, 01:38:13 PM
Your saxes care  looking super, alan2222 !
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: kris on March 24, 2021, 01:43:39 PM
Fantastically grown saxifrage Alan
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: David Sellars on March 29, 2021, 03:15:13 AM
Great to see such wonderfully grown Saxifrages.
I built a tufa crevice garden in 2015, planted it with Saxifrages and there is lots in flower right now.

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Coolock Kate (above)

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Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: kris on March 29, 2021, 04:24:15 AM
Great to see such wonderfully grown Saxifrages.
I built a tufa crevice garden in 2015, planted it with Saxifrages and there is lots in flower right now.

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Coolock Kate (above)

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Colourful wall David. I specially like the magenta colour sax
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Herman Mylemans on March 29, 2021, 07:39:44 AM
Great to see such wonderfully grown Saxifrages.
I built a tufa crevice garden in 2015, planted it with Saxifrages and there is lots in flower right now
Great tufa crevice garden, David. Time will make it more beautiful!
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: David Sellars on March 30, 2021, 03:07:31 AM
Thanks for your comments Hermann.  They grow slowly in tufa but nice and tight.
Here's a couple more images:
Saxifraga Winifred

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From the left: Tysoe Burgundy, Kvety Coventry, Bohemian Karst

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Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Tristan_He on April 01, 2021, 10:13:11 PM
Saxifrages really look great in tufa.

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These are in my dry stone wall and really brighten it up. I must remember to plant more in the autumn (doing it now is unlikely to succeed as we are entering the driest part of the year).

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This seems to be a white mutation of 'Gregor Mendel'
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Maggi Young on April 04, 2021, 10:38:06 PM
Pictures of Saxifraga oppositilfolia - from SRGC President Julia Corden

Julia says " Saxifraga oppositifolia in all its glory, the best show Iíve seen it do in this location in 18 years. You donít even have to get out of the car as the Cliff is right by the road 😊. Highland Perthshire "

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Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: ruweiss on April 08, 2021, 08:57:38 PM
Beautiful pictures - thanks to the photographers.
Saxifraga Gregor
Saxifraga Perseus
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: ruweiss on May 01, 2021, 08:58:39 PM
Saxifraga corymbosa, easy and reliable flowering rather
late in spring:
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Tristan_He on May 02, 2021, 08:33:36 AM
I like the citron yellow of corymbosa Rudi. Will those rosettes die and have to be raised from seed, or do they form clumps in time?

'Perseus' is a good one too, will keep an eye out for that one.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: ruweiss on May 02, 2021, 08:32:31 PM
Tristan, Sax. corymbosa (syn.luteoviridis) is a very robust plant for places which get
not too hot in summer. It increases slowly by forming clumps, but it is more fun by
raising them from seeds if you are patient enough.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Tristan_He on May 16, 2021, 10:21:43 PM
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Saxifraga pubescens subsp. iratiana, a nice little mossy that seems to be settling in well.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Yann on May 27, 2021, 01:55:12 PM
Growing cushions plants which needs cool summer is if not a challenge, impossible in most lowlands parts of europe.
For the last 25 years i climb each season on the same mountains where i monitor Andrisace and Sax. I can affirm that 60% of these areas are now empty or with few subjets that burn a bit more summer after summer. For the 40% remaining plants moved 300 or 400m higher or those already at these altitudes are in good conditions. 25 years is a lot for a man but nothing for climate, just thinking about that is scary.
I've a good exemple on mont Visio, the last 3 years i tried to spot zones where Androsace helvetica used to be found, well nothing to watch except dry plants still fixed in the rocks. Last studies say s.oppositifolia climbed from 170m in the italo-franco alps range.

Except daily watering, shading and cooling plants it's a real challenge to grow these cutties.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Tristan_He on June 14, 2021, 10:26:49 AM
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Saxifraga hypnoides
. This is one of those saxes that spreads rapidly when it is happy, and goes backwards rapidly when it is not.

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One of the encrusted species - callosa perhaps?
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Gerdk on June 15, 2021, 10:33:43 AM
Growing cushions plants which needs cool summer is if not a challenge, impossible in most lowlands parts of europe.
For the last 25 years i climb each season on the same mountains where i monitor Andrisace and Sax. I can affirm that 60% of these areas are now empty or with few subjets that burn a bit more summer after summer. For the 40% remaining plants moved 300 or 400m higher or those already at these altitudes are in good conditions. 25 years is a lot for a man but nothing for climate, just thinking about that is scary.
I've a good exemple on mont Visio, the last 3 years i tried to spot zones where Androsace helvetica used to be found, well nothing to watch except dry plants still fixed in the rocks. Last studies say s.oppositifolia climbed from 170m in the italo-franco alps range.

Except daily watering, shading and cooling plants it's a real challenge to grow these cutties.

Sorry, I unfortunately  found this only today. Based on your observations it became more clear to me that here cultivatian of alpines in troughs in summer is only possible with daily careful care. This is how you have to endure carrying water cans. Another way is to restrict myself to more heat tolerant species.
Gerd
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Tristan_He on June 30, 2021, 11:35:53 PM
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Saxifraga aizoides. This grows quite well in a shady spot. I have two clones raised from seed, this one is flowering well this year.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: David Nicholson on August 05, 2021, 07:11:31 PM
I spent yesterday emptying out a couple of troughs whose contents had either reached beyond their time-span or weeds had conquered. Having done that the time is right to think about what I may re-plant in the troughs.

I've decided to go for a selection of Porophylla Saxifrages but here's the problem? The troughs are set up as mini-crevice troughs (nothing special, but I happened to have available quite a few broken paving slabs!) and I need to have quite small plants to use(ie seedlings). Saxes I've bought  over the years from a range of UK Nurseries would have been too large to plant in my quite narrow crevices. 

Really I could do with 20-25 plants, ideally all different.  So, be you a professional grower or a amateur, and you have plants to suit my needs do get in touch with me please, I'm happy to pay for plants, package and postage.   
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: ian mcdonald on August 05, 2021, 09:38:45 PM
David, Mendle Nursery usually have a good selection of small sax,s.
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: Tristan_He on August 05, 2021, 10:09:24 PM
David, pm me if you want some pieces of any of the Saxes I grow. They usually produce plenty of spare pieces.

Tristan
Title: Re: Saxifraga 2021
Post by: David Nicholson on August 09, 2021, 12:26:09 PM
David, Mendle Nursery usually have a good selection of small sax,s.

Thanks Ian, but I think it is some years since Mendle Nursery did any Saxes, they seem to specialise in Sempervivum these days.
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