from the Germinatrix
I certainly try to grow too many plant species – maybe because I can’t decide what’s more exhilarating: seeing a freshly germinated pot of seedlings or seeing the plants in their wild habitat?
I hope to clarify my feelings but until then this is a busy time to organize the Germinatrix. A few seedlings become too big to stay inside while the small ones still need the warm light. They’ll reunite later under the summer sun (if have one this year). It is time to leave the Germinatrix for a few Aquilegia spp., Thalictrums, Delphinium, Draba spp., Dierama and so on…
It is time to stay for the baby gingers and all other species that got a natural chill-out time under the snow and were brought inside only in early April, including the newly germinated Gentiana.
I am trying a few annual Gentians this year: G. nivalis (from wild collected seeds) and G. vernayi (a small alpine gentian from Bhutan, Nepal). It would be exciting to have Gentiana flowers to quench my thirst and not worry about what’s happening afterwards.
Gentiana nivalis – alpine or snow gentian, is a dwarf annual gentian from alpine regions of Europe (also isolated in N. America), growing in open grassland, screes and rocky meadows on limestone soils – with ultramarine blue flowers in July-August (ID after the characteristic calyx with a narrow, angled tube).
Ambivalence has its sweet side after all :)
Note: featured image – Carlina acaulis, alpine thistle.