Seedlings appreciation day II

You would hardly recognize them in this stage, even if they grace your garden; unless grown from seeds of course :)

Featured image: Aconitum lycoctonum 

In between

In a temperate continental climate there is always a stretch of time called by those with an optimistic inclination – early spring. Surely it’s not winter anymore, and it’s not spring yet; this is the ‘in between’.

A whole plethora of plants will fast come into bloom as soon as it gets warm: snowdrops, crocuses, winter aconites (Eranthis), Cyclamen coum, some Helleborus, Corydalis solida, to name just a few. Others like Stylophorum, Corydalis nobilis, Lathyrus vernus, Hepatica, Primulas will show up wearing tight future flower buds – a tantalising promise.

The ‘in between’ can bring great joy and also even greater disappointments when very low temperatures return abruptly.

But even so, every day means one more step that helps to cross the ‘in between’ – to spring! :)

All images of yesterday (before the last night temperature of -9˚C!)

*Primula species were grown from seeds, and I eagerly await for P. elatior ssp. meyeri (a wild collection from Abkhazia) to flower!

Seedlings appreciation day

Our plants are greatly admired and praised for their flowers or/and foliage/fruits, but so rarely when in the seedling stage. Hence, a special day for all of them :)

Polygala paucifolia (gay wings, fringed polygala) new seedlings

Polygala paucifolia new seedlings

Polygala paucifolia

Pulsatilla aurea new seedlings

Pulsatilla aurea new seedlings

Pulsatilla aurea

On the featured image – Kalopanax septemlobus (tree aralia)


Belle of the ball – Calycanthus

I am known to be on the lookout for promising ballerinas (see Arisaema and Primula –rina)… This year my eyes were drawn by the Carolina allspice seedlings. Surely there is great promise; I just don’t know if in the ballet because after the first stage the twirled cotyledons have rapidly put on some weight ;) but there are other genres to try out…

The belle of the ball in the germinatrix: Calycanthus floridus seedlings with convoluted cotyledons (which are rarely seen in other species):

Calycanthus floridus seedlings

Calycanthus floridus convoluted cotyledons

Calycanthus floridus with first true leaves

Calycanthus floridus seedlings with the first true leaves

This is an excerpt from the shop about Carolina allspice and I have nothing else to add:
“Calycanthus floridus is a deciduous shrub with glossy, aromatic foliage that can grow to about 3-4 m high, and the same or more in width. Remarkable when in flower; it has fragrant, red-wine coloured, and many petaled flowers that look a bit like Magnolia flowers; very attractive for pollinators too.
It is a very adaptable shrub that can grow from sun to shade, in almost any type of soil, and is very resistant to pests. A really trouble-free shrub for any garden; on my list of ‘to do it for myself”…


Calycanthus floridus seeds - nicked and soaked before to sowing

Calycanthus floridus seeds – nicked and soaked prior to sowing