This is why I love alpines. This week when it was hot and (almost) unbearable my favorite dwarf Gentian (Gentian acaulis) popped into bloom. This weekend, with snow threatening it will be just fine, thank-you very much. It seems bizarre to have blooms 4-5 cm above a carpet of green foliage but this is definitely a drive-by beauty ... or as my son calls it " a positive externality"
Only other Calgarians will notice I find the flower form bizarre and not the weather. Go figure.