As promised, a follow-up post of closeup shots taken at the Mount Goliath alpine garden. While I had to exclude hundreds of shots to keep this post within reason, I still managed to go overboard with over 30 images. As a result, I have embedded a slideshow so that those of you with a slow connection are not left trying to load this page for the next week.
I’ve identified as many plants as possible. If you’d like to know the names, click through to their Flickr page.
[Note: For some reason the images are compressed in the slideshow in a way that makes them look very low res. Until I can resolve the issue, I'd suggest taking a look at the original images as they look okay in that version. Sorry about that!]
American Bistort (Polygonum bistortoides). The wetland area was dotted with these small, white puffs.
I took this photo at Summit Lake, which is at a higher elevation and much colder (therefore the plants that were blooming were different). I was unable to identify this plant but am very taken with it. If you know what it is or even have a guess, I’d be grateful to know.
If you’re interested in learning more about cold-hardy alpines or growing them yourself, I highly recommend, “High and Dry: Gardening with Cold-Hardy Dryland Plants” by Robert Nold. It’s an exhaustive and excellent book on the subject. A second book that I keep meaning to pick up for myself is “Hardy Succulents: Tough Plants for Every Climate” by Gwen Kelaidis.