Digging fever

“The boy smiled and continued digging. Half an hour later, his shovel hit something solid. An hour later, he had before him a chest of Spanish gold coins. There were also precious stones, gold masks adorned with red and white feathers…” The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

The act of digging is associated with feelings of expectation, anticipation, validation, lost, renewal…and so on. Finding treasures of any kind is always linked to digging and a feverish rush that few can resist.

My recent digging brought out precious fat gold nuggets aka. Corydalis solida bulbs from underneath a clump of Hakonechloa grass and teardrop-shaped diamonds aka. bulblets dripping from Dicentra cuccularia rootstocks!

The much needed validation came when lifting the gorgeous Aconitum that I presented wearing the Chic hat. The shape of the tubers, globose with short stolons, confirms now the name Aconitum variegatum subsp. paniculatum.

Aconitum variegatum subsp. paniculatum tubers

Aconitum variegatum subsp. paniculatum tubers

Good luck to everyone in fall digging – there are old treasures to be found and new ones to be discovered!

Aconitum variegatum subsp. paniculatum

Aconitum variegatum subsp. paniculatum

PS. Dicentra cuccularia bulblets (in the featured image) detach easily from the short rootstock and when used for propagation instead of seeds, will ensure plants that reach the flowering size faster.

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    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Best in pots when small, in a mix with very good drainage (I mixed in some sand in a regular potting mix) and don’t plant them too deep; even the mature ones are quite superficial in the ground comparing with other bulbs and tubers.

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