Entries by diversifolius

Kitaibelia vitifolia – representing Croatia and Macedonia

Kitaibelia vitifolia goes around by the common name of Russian hibiscus, and I also used it just to go with the flow. But it’s neither Russian, nor a hibiscus; you can read its whole story below: http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Kitaibelia/Kitaibelia.php Shortly, the white flowers resemble more Malva flowers and it hails from a territory that belonged to former […]

A Gentiana representative

We can’t celebrate without a Gentiana and there is no other species easier to grow from seeds (and in the garden) than G. dahurica; granted, I still have a lot of Gentiana species to try. Laden with blue flowers in mid- summer, it will make both you and the pollinators happy for  a very long […]

Out in the woods

Sanguinaria capsules were not ready to collect as I thought, but  everything looks green and lush which is very good news after last year’s terrible drought. Medeola, Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense), Cornus rugosa and Viburnum acerifolium were flowering; Lonicera canadensis berries were beckoning in the filtered shade and Mitella seeds were ready, waiting in their […]

Refreshing – Aconitum ‘Ivorine’

White on blue is a refreshing combo. Yesterday, amidst the heat wave I took few pictures of Aconitum ‘Ivorine’ just starting flowering. Pure white, tinged with green flowers on sturdy stems make this Aconitum very appealing.  The bluish background provided by Juniperus ‘Wichita’ is pure serendipity – most of my plants were planted where I […]

Tricotyledony in Swertia perennis

The spontaneous formation of more than the usual number of cotyledons within a species has been referred as pleiocotyly or polycotyly. I’m sure for many this already comes with the exclamation – boring!!! But, this is not a common event and I didn’t find any source reporting it for Gentianaceae so, here it is, my […]

Exception – Sedum atratum

Growing annual plants is very satisfying – they germinate, grow, flower and set seeds in one season; some will also self-seed themselves for the next year; nothing to worry about throughout the winter…I can understand the attraction. But I still like to grow perennials ;)) Sometimes I make exceptions – and Sedum atratum is one […]