Entries by diversifolius

Friday’s Seeds – Tiger Iris

A few new Iris seeds from the rare side, so pictures are warranted. Despite its name, Iris tigridia (common name Tiger iris) is a completely harmless iris ;) hailing from the Altai region of Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China. Not an easy one, but extremely beautiful dwarf iris with blue streaked petals. Images in wild […]

Friday’s Seed- Matthiola fragrans

Today I present the seeds of an interesting Matthiola: M. fragrans. It grows wild in steppe regions from Ukraine to E. Kazakhstan, sometimes on chalky sediments. The flowers are reddish-brown or yellowish, similar of another nice but rarely cultivated Matthiola, M. trojana. The seedlings seem to do well, already developed the indumentum; it will be […]

Certainty: Helleborus germination

Among the few life’s certainties ;), at this time of year there is also the Helleborus germination. I only started to grow them from seeds a few years ago after I found a few seeds left on a Helleborus purpurascens specimen from the Carpathian Mts.; pure luck. Some of those seeds were swapped for other […]

Wildlife Wednesday – horror and surprise

It’s been a while since I joined the Wildlife meme hosted by Tina at her lovely blog: My gardener says. As the saying goes – winter happened… Finally last week in a midst of a ‘heat wave’ :) I was able to open my cold frames. They host a variety of small pots mainly with […]

Paronychia cephalotes’ secret

I am wondering why this interesting, cold hardy, beautiful and excellent rockery plant is absolutely ignored. Is there a secret? Last year I easily germinated seeds and grew the seedlings into a fine clump by the end of the season (the seedlings pot was planted in the rockery as a whole in May). I am […]

Friday’s Seeds – Papaveraceae

Back to seeds, and just a few here from the last published seed gallery. Many of the species of Papaveraceae family present seeds with elaiosomes, a well-known adaptation to ant dispersal (myrmechory). In the general term ‘elaiosomes’ are included various seed appendages rich in lipids (with oleic acid as the main component), amino acids, carbohydrates […]

On the mend – Rhododendron caucasicum

I spent the last week coughing out my lungs while entranced in computer/website related problems – an awful combination ;( Today, I found the first tiny seedlings of Rhododendron caucasicum waiting for me under the lights – it was a very cheering image!!! It feels like things are on the mend… Germination: at warm/room temperature […]