More new seeds

A short note again about the last seeds added to the shop, about a Lilium and thanks for sharing

The most recent Lilium species added to the shop doesn’t have a name, yet. The seeds were collected in the Durmitor Mts. of Montenegro, and it is offered for now as Lilium ssp. B17Durm.
The collector thinks it is a species from L. carniolicum/ chalcedonicum group.
Someone who already started germination tests, shared their findings and came back with the same conclusion (based on the fact the seeds displayed neither delayed hypogeal at warm, nor immediate epigeal germination).

Lilium ssp. B17Durm.; identifying Lilium after the seeds, an almost impossible task (1 mm grid)

Sometimes it is very hard to correctly identify certain species when plants reach seed maturity. Add to this being for the first time in a certain region and it becomes even more difficult. The only option in such cases is to ‘attach’ a collection name to the seeds; after the species is identified later everyone can refer back to it and write the correct name in their garden journal.

On this occasion, I would like to thank those who take time to write back and share their germinations findings, pictures, as well as other seedlings & plant related stories. I couldn’t possibly test by myself so many different species and any reliable piece of information is greatly appreciated.
It is always a pleasure to receive your emails – Thank you very much indeed :)

So, these are the last species added to the inventory (hover with the mouse to see the names).
Also in the Seed list,  Papaver ammophilum joins the others Papaver species (P. bracteatum and nudicaule) and the above mentioned Lilium.


Fridays Seeds in lieu of flowers – Pulsatilla

I don’t remember if I’ve already done a Friday’s seeds about Pulsatilla; in any case this is more to draw attention to the Pulsatilla species from the shop.

There are not many, but all are fresh of this year and this is the best time to sow!
See them here in the
Pulsatilla category.

I don’t have many pictures of these gorgeous species, reason why I have to show the seeds. I know they are not as attractive as the flowers but what can I do, and in any case, they can be used for ID purpose.

Pulsatilla albana ssp. armena – the Pulsatilla ‘seeds’ are actually fruits – achenes with “fluffy tails”.

Pulsatilla vernalis

A good idea is to admire pictures while also reading advice on their germination at the same time – all on the Scottish Rock Garden forum! This is the link to Pulsatilla 2013 thread, but there are more topics on Pulsatilla:

Note: I’ve already sown my batch (I have to practice on this genus) and there are few leftover seeds of Pulsatilla alpina var. alpina, which will come attached as a gift to the first order containing other Pulsatillas.

Pulsatilla alpina ssp. alpina (large, white flowers)

 While talking Ranunculaceae seeds that need to be sown asap, I recommend to also have a look at  Adonis vernalis.

Adonis vernalis

New seeds for 2018!

Saying goes I should be more proactive with the shop announces so here they are – Latest additions to the shop, and more to come…
Hover the mouse over the pictures for the names or click to open the gallery.

Winter getaway – Dobrogea II

Continuing the Dobrogea I with other species which call this particular and beautiful region home.
I hope you already got a taste of it; this should make it easier when growing some of these species from seeds and also help selecting the garden location.

First a mention for two endemic species:

Campanula romanica:

Campanula romanica growing on a lichen covered rock outcrop, North Dobrogea, Romania

Centaurea jankae: a species with few populations known only to exist in Romania and Bulgaria. Good luck (and broken stems by wind/animals) made it to find a few late flowers to photograph.

Centaurea jankae

Remembering the sunny days of past summer, the flowers, the rocks and wildlife:

Stachys atherocalyx, very similar with Stachys recta that I offered seeds from Carpathian Mts.

Stachys atherocalyx

Hedysarum grandiflorum, as well just one late flowering stem was waiting to be immortalized :)

Hedysarum grandiflorum

Hedysarum grandiflorum habitat

Convolvulus cantabrica, perfect in a rockery and probably hardy in our area (Ontario) with reliable snow covered. I have a two-year old Convolvulus tragacanthodes growing in the rockery, we’ll see how it comes out from this winter.

Convolvulus cantabrica in wild habitat

Iberis saxatilis, you have to imagine it covered in white flowers in the spring :)

Iberis saxatilis

Cephalaria uralensis

Cephalaria uralensis

The Dobrogean tortuga for a variation

Dobrogean tortuga, Testudo graeca

Thymus zygioides, found growing in the company of Paronychia cephalotes

Thymus zygioides

One more view from Macin Mts.

And a little lizard (Lacerta) basking in the sun

There were many other species of course; more to follow when the next wave of arctic air hits us!


Fridays Seeds and much more about the fuzzy wild bean – Strophostyles

I wanted something special for this arctic day and the woolly seeds of Strophostyles helvola are just perfect; I will stress again the woolly :)

Strophostyles helvola coiled pods and seeds

Strophostyles helvola, trailing wild bean (or amberique bean)  is an annual vine native to eastern Canada and the US; the pea-like flowers are light pink/lilac and they form pods very similar with those of Phaseolus vulgaris; the pod coils when it dries up to release 4-8 woolly  seeds.
The stems will trail on other plants, or if not, will inter-twine with each other on the ground, just like Amphicarpaea bracteata does (google images).

This species has had various medicinal uses for the Native Peoples, and there are also indications that the seeds were used as a food source; they were found in a few archeological sites in NA.

Those interested can read more about this in the curriculum of the Advanced Paleoethnobotany Seminar from Washington University:

And, while talking wild foods, it’s winter so new ideas are always welcomed – have a look at this article which recommends other edible species found on the coastal habitat (same where Strophostyles can also be found):

What about: amberique-bean humus with cattails au gratin?
Go foraging this year! :))

Hurry up!

As it happens, I got to greet the New Year by counting seeds to prepare an order; maybe it’s a good omen :)

After Christmas I noticed the first sprouts on Helleborus caucasicus. They already got a bit more advanced, so this is the last call, in case someone wants to give them a try.

Helleborus caucasicus germinated seeds; they were placed in moist storage in mid October.

Among all other moist packed seeds, some, like Stylophorum, Claytonia, Sanguinaria… are more predictable but I don’t know how well/long the left over seeds of Jeffersonia diphylla and Aconitum ‘Ivorine’ will last.

Hurry up while not too late!