For my last two posts I have been talking about the newly planted bed by my front door. I say newly planted because all the plants there now were put in last summer. Anyway, in addition to the Echium wildpretii shown in my last post, and the Salvia sclarea 'Piemont' in the one before that, I also planted some Eryngium alpinums I got from Dancing Oaks Nursery. These were very good looking well grown plants, and the picture you see above is one of them blooming now. These flowers look very much the same as the flowers of Eryngium 'Blue Jackpot' which I wrote about here and here. They look slightly different from my oldest Eryngium alpinum which I got from Heronswood many years ago. That plant is pictured here. I have read that there is some variation in Eryngium alpinum flowers grown from seed, and indeed, there are several strains of Eryngium alpinum on the market. The bottom line, though, is that these plants from Dancing Oaks are great and I would highly recommend them.