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23rd August 2012

The mild to warm weather we’ve had this summer has brought a profusion of flowers in the Lesotho plant area. Diascia barberae, Athrixia fontana, Helichrysum basalticum and Kniphofia caulescens are just a few of the plants in full bloom. All of them originate from the cooperation project with Katse Botanic Garden in Lesotho. It’s been exciting to see all these new plants, selected for the Schachen from the high mountains in eastern Lesotho which enjoy a wet climate, doing so well in the Alpine Garden. They reach their flowering peak after the Himalayan plants are over and extend our flowering season right up until we close in September.


Campanula collina


Campanula raineri


Cyananthus lobatus


Delphinium confusum


Diascia barberae u.a. Lesotho-Pflanzen


Senecio macrospermus

7th August 2012


Aster alpinus


Athrixia fontana


Cremanthodium arnicoides


Delphinium beesianum


Dimorphotheca jucunda


Hieracium villosum


Lilium bulbiferum


Primula reptans


Primula wollastonii


Lesotho plants

28th July 2012

After a cool start to the week with temperatures below 10°C last Monday, by Friday Summer was back with the temperature soaring to 24°C.

As I’m writing this I can see the mist sinking and the rain won’t be far behind. The blue poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia) is in full flower. The indigenous flora is past peak flowering while the Himalayan plants are in full flower. The southern hemisphere plant areas are still a few weeks away from their peak flowering period.

As always, there are many interesting plants in flower.


Calceolaria biflora


Campanula scheuchzeri


Celmisia spec.


Cremanthodium arnicoides × delavayi


Dianthus pavonius


Erodium manescavii


Hebe hectori


Lilium monadelphum


Meconopsis betonicifolia


Meconopsis napaulensis


Ruschia spec.


Silene elisabethae


Himalayan plants

19th July 2012


Campanula pulla


Campanula thyrsoides


Felicia rosulata


Globularia cordifolia


Gymnadenia conopsea


Haplocarpha rueppellii


Lilium bulbiferum


Lilium jankae


Lilium kesselringianum


Lotus corniculatus


Meconopsis quintuplinervia


Meconopsis racemosa


Meconopsis × cookei


Mertensia ciliata



Nomocharis saluenensis


Primula reidii var. williamsii


Primula secundiflora


Primula sikkimensis


Primula sikkimensis subsp. hoppeana


Trollius ranunculoides


Zaluzianskya oreophila

After the warm days of the past weeks and rainstorms most nights, the Alpine Garden is shortly before peak flowering. The first flowers of Meconopsis × sheldonii are open and the mass of buds promise a good season of flowers. Meanwhile the smaller plants of Meconopsis quintuplinervia and M. henrici are in full bloom. The latter has been covered with a fine mesh as pure seed are needed for the next generation of this seldom seen Meconopsis. The meadows in close vicinity to the garden are in full flower with Primula farinosa forming carpets of flowers in Schachengrund dotted with flowering plants of Gentiana clusii and the occasional Pinguicula alpina.

29th June 2012


Arnebia pulchra


Corydalis cashmeriana


Gentiana angustifolia 'Alba'


Gentiana punctata


Meconopsis grandis


Ourisia caespitosa


Phyllodoce empetriformis



Primula farinosa


Primula minkwitziae


Ranunculus amplexicaulis


Rhodothamnus chamaecistus

20th June 2012


Adonis pyrenaica


Anemone obtusiloba


Cortusa matthiola


Fritillaria pallidiflora


Gentiana angustifolia hybrid


Polemonium viscosum


Primula amoena


Primula pedemontana


Primula szechuanica


Primula warshenewskiana subsp. rhodantha



Schachen alpine garden

6th June 2012


Crocus albiflorus


Primula clusiana


Primula denticulata


Rhododendron thompsonii subsp. chamaedendoron


Alpine garden

Photos and text: Jennifer Wainwright-Klein

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