The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

A Real Alpine Garden


By siris


Growing naturally at around 2000 metres altitude, many of the plants we cultivate in our gardens have their origins in the Alps. During our recent holiday we walked through alpine meadows, where we saw….

Dryas octopetala

Aster alpinus

A Rampion sp, Phyteuma with a white compositae, daisy to you and me.

More Phyteuma, either obiculare or globariifolium

Knautia dipsacifolia, a scabious.

More Rampions and Daisies

Campanula thyrosoidea?

Veratrum alba? The white false Helleborine

A dwarf Alchemilla

Orchids in the marshy area feeding the lake with glacial melt water.

Blue bellflowers with Clovers

Rocky areas sheltering little treasures

A wild Geranium

The cultivated area around the lake puts on a wonderful display during the summer holiday season.
Aquilegia, with enormous flowers

Lupins in an amazing variety of clolours

Cultivated martagon Lilies, althought they do grow wild in the mountains here. I think that Lily beetles don’t survive here as the lilies show no signs of attack. Slugs are not a problem as they would freeze during the winter.

Ivy leaved Pelagoniums. This must be the most unusual greenhouse for tender plants!

Returning to the UK, my garden was parched and wilting. No substantial rain for almost a month here in the south! I am still in the process of tidying up the overgrown plants and clearing away the dead vegetation. I think I will need a holiday!

More blog posts by siris

Previous post: Bressingham gardens

Next post: Indoors if wet! Cacti, Succulents and tender Plants



How wonderful to be able to see such sights :o)
Interesting to see flowers growing in their native habitats ...

30 Jul, 2014


The Lupins look ever so lovely (iam partial to lupins) and as has been said by Hywel it is interesting to see flowers growing in native habitat, Southern Africa is a perfect climate for Pelagoniums and i love the ones in your photos.

30 Jul, 2014


Yes, it was lovely to walk around the lake when the weather was clear enough to see. Had hailstones one day, 3 degrees! UK had better weather!

30 Jul, 2014


Lovely Blog my sort of plants thanks for posting.

1 Aug, 2014


Lovely blog Siris, thanks for sharing :-), what a beautiful place!!!
I grew the Campanula Thyrsoides from seed a couple of years ago, great little plant.

4 Aug, 2014


I hope the Campanula was such. Looked it up in my wild flowers of the Alps book.

5 Aug, 2014


Looks the same as mine Siris :-), I bought my seed from Plantworld, here's a link to my picture.

6 Aug, 2014


Thanks Simbad, I have already seen it when I was looking thro' your plant file. I got back about 50 pages x 15 per page. How sad is that! Your variety and quality of pics is ...... Umm....all encompassing. Thanks again for the pleasure.

6 Aug, 2014


Super blog :o)

6 Aug, 2014


How lovely, it was great to see them growing naturally,thankyou Siris for sharing your lovely photo's..

8 Aug, 2014

Add a comment

Recent posts by siris

Members who like this blog

  • Gardening with friends since
    16 Mar, 2009

  • Gardening with friends since
    7 Aug, 2007

  • Gardening with friends since
    2 Nov, 2009

  • Gardening with friends since
    17 Jan, 2012

  • Gardening with friends since
    9 Aug, 2009

  • Gardening with friends since
    22 Jun, 2011

  • Gardening with friends since
    3 Sep, 2009

  • Gardening with friends since
    14 Aug, 2008

  • Gardening with friends since
    22 Oct, 2008

  • Gardening with friends since
    29 Mar, 2010