On the way to Munich today I stopped near the Hiking Parking area and walked back along the Kaltenbach, a fast flowing mountain stream after all the rains we’ve had. The first messenger of late summer and autumn, Gentiana asclepiadea, was just coming into flower on the grassy banks. Other earlier flowering plants such as Saxifraga mutata are setting seed. In the Alpine Garden, approximately 800 m higher the Saxifraga mutata is still in full flower. Gentianella campestris, another signal of the approaching autumn, is coming into flower on the Schachen. But before the autumn takes hold there is still a wide assortment of plants jostling in line to flower and set seed before winter. Campanula raineri is covered with buds waiting for a break in the rain to unfurl its flowers. The dark purple flowers of Campanula glomerata cover the plant bed of the Bavarian Alps and those still keen to see Edelweiß (Leontopodium) have the choice between the varieties of Edelweiß species from the Himalayas. The selection of photos which follow will hopefully share with you the delights of the Alpine Garden, rain or shine there’s always something to fascinate!

12th August 2010

Androsace sarmentosa

Aster alpinus

Campanula cochlearifolia

Campanula glomerata

Campanula lactiflora

Campanula rhomboidalis

Campanula scheuchzeri, Rhodiola wallichiana

Corydalis thyrsiflora

Cremanthodium arnicoides

Delphinium cashmerianum

Dierama pauciflorum

Epilobium angustifolium

Eryngium alpinum

Gentiana asclepiadea

Hedysarum boutignyanum

Edelweiß, Leontopodium leontopodioides

Meconopsis betonicifolia

Pyrethrum tatsienense

Rhodiola semenovii