Wildflowers of Scotland – part 2 – Orchids

There are beautiful wild orchids in the Scottish Highlands. We saw them lots of places while hiking.   I think they were my favorite wildflowers from the trip.  Identification is tricky and some photos are a bit blurry.  I hope these are correct.

Heath spotted orchids – shades of pink, lavender, and white
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Marsh Orchids – white
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Pink
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Magenta
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Lesser Butterfly Orchid
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They were all absolutely gorgeous, and I was so pleased to be able to find them in bloom.

Wildflowers of Scotland – Part 1

There’s a garden out in my yard somewhere, but its buried in snow.  I think the last thing anyone wants to see is more snow pictures so perhaps a travelogue might be more fun.  Last June, we took a wonderful trip to Scotland.  We hiked in Braemar, Durness, the Isle of Skye and Glencoe.  I took a lot of photos of wild flowers, and I hope I have identified them correctly.  Here are some of my favorites.  Enjoy!

Butterwort
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Bog Asphodel
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Starry saxifrage
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Blue milkwort
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White milkwort
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Thyme
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Tormentil (yellow) with Lousewort (pink)
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White lousewort
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Eyebright

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Honeysuckle
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Stonecrop
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Spring pea
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Vetch
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Dwarf Cornel
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Heath Bedstraw
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Heathers
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Martagnon Lily
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Lady’s Mantle
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Bell Heather
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Thrift
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Bog Cotton
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Yellow Flag Iris

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and of course, a Thistle

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Alpine’s – the troughs

My previous post dealt with the formation of the Alpine garden..  now I want to show you the troughs.  I discovered that some plants did better in troughs than in the ground.  I have a bunch of different ones.  Some are hypertufa which I made in a workshop with my garden club.  One is an old rusty tin pot I found in the woods.  I also have an old soapstone sink that was given to me.  The troughs allow me more flexibility since I can move them around (except for the sink- that’s very heavy).  I use a soil mixture of potting soil, perlite, turface and chicken grit.

 

This trough is an old iron pot with different Saxifraga

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Starting to bloom

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This one is Saxifraga ‘Esther

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another saxifraga

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more

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full bloom

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the soapstone sink makes a great trough – and a fairy lives there

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Dianthus- Nyewood cream

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Heuchera santarosa

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Heuchera

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Alpine daisy

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Sedum and sempervivum

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This is one of the hypertufa troughs with blooming Silene alpestris

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more hypertufa

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Saxifraga sancta and Saxifraga apiculata alba

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Saponaria x oliviana

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Androsace sempervivoides

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The end of June….

I’ve been away for two weeks in glorious Scotland.  I will write a wildflower post highlighting all the beautiful flowers I found in the highlands at some point, but first there is much to catch up on here at home.  I missed the full bloom of the peonies and the Louisiana Iris.  I did manage to grab a few shots of things the morning before we left on June 14th so I’ll post those as well as a few other things that were blooming in mid-June.

 

This is the Louisiana Iris I got from friend Lee many years ago..  one blossom opened for me the morning we left for Scotland .  The whole patch has grown to be 5 feet across.. need to do some thinning..

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Peony buds – these came with the house

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Some white ones I purchased a few years back

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A hot pink purchase

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Another lovely peony that came with the house..  I have divided this many times…

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Penstemon – common name is Beardtongue:  I have a number of different ones.. here’s some Husker Red

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A dwarf variety  in light purple

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Dwarf white

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A blue one

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This is a really small one called Penstemon hirsutis var. pygmaeus given to me by Peter George of the North American Rock Garden Society

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Also blooming in mid-June :

Corydalis
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Meadow rue – Thalictrum aquilegifolium (with Baptisia and Gillenia trifoliata photobombing)

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Gillenia trifoliata – Bowman’s root

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Anemonella

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A very pretty salvia  – this one doesn’t flop

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Filapendula

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Allium bulgaricum (Nectaroscordum)

These funky plants are just the thing if you want something funky in your garden.   They are in the allium family and are bulbs.   They are very cool at all stages of development.  They  are all twisty when they first come up  and then the buds swell….

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then they stretch out

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then they start to unfurl

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opening a bit more

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ta da!

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close up of the blossom.. aren’t they cool?

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Old man willow

Well the old guy finally came down today…  its always hard to watch a part of the landscape disappear, but the tree was rotted out and was in danger of falling on someone or something.   Unfortunately, he had to come down…….

 

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