Canada 150 Celebration Seeds Sale!

Canada is 150 years old this year!

In the spirit of celebration, I thought to join the party and kick off a festive sale before the new seed wave arrives. I wanted to wait until I collect the Sanguinaria next week but entrepreneur ;) people already noticed the new category in the shop so it’s time to let everyone know about the celebration!

If the mood strikes and I can collect enough seeds, to celebrate our diversity :) species representing other colours will be included, so stayed tuned.

Click on the image to see the list; it is a bit short for now but few interesting things out there. More species will be added when new seeds become available. Some will be on sale just for a short time while for others the party will go on all year long!

*This offer can be combined with other coupon discounts (ORGS, SRGC, vip); they will apply only for non-sale items in the cart.

Transition – Hepatica seeds added to the shop!

The Hepatica seeds were added to the shop!

Seeds of the more special forms were only enough for pre-orders and trades with friends. Taking into consideration that most often there are 1-2 specimens to collect seeds from, it is understandable. Considering that all seeds are open pollinated, we can always obtain a ‘special’ form even from the most regular H. americana seeds because they were collected from the same populations.
As well, there is no guarantee that from one of the special forms all seedlings will come true to type.

They all grow together and they are all wonderful!

The most important thing is that you don’t need to worry about germination. I even did a small experiment and went the ‘grower style’ by sowing in the cell packs ;) The first flower will appear in the third year if plants grow well.

I would like to show, again, the transition that seeds undergo during storage.  Don’t worry that after seeing the pictures of fresh green/yellowish seeds you will receive ‘black’ ones. The former is the normal transition of the outer tegument during maturation. Also, at this stage, the white elaiosomes are not visible anymore (their only function being to attract the ants who disperse the fresh seeds).

Sanguinaria, woodland poppies (Stylophorum sp.) and the gingers – soon to join the moist group!



Change the label for Mimulus!

Everyone who bought Mimulus – given as alsinoides in the shop – it flowered in my garden and it seems to be M. guttatus – my apologies.

I hope no one gets upset; after all, guttatus has these large, bright yellow flowers, and it’s a short form!

Mimulus guttatus – bad picture, it was very windy

When collecting seeds from a new region for the first time, mistakes are bound to happen (more than usual). When I collected the seeds, all I could see were a few almost faded flowers of M. alsinoides, so it is possible that both species are mixed in the seeds harvested and sent.

Life in the fast lane – first seeds of the season available!

The very first seeds of the season, fresh and moist ;) are available!

Corydalis solida in various colours (although there is no guarantee on the seedlings colour) and the beauty of the spring, Claytonia virginica.
You can obtain 100% germination with both and have nice colonies developing in your garden in no time!

Dicentra cucullaria has put on a very nice show but it disappointed, yet again, when it came to setting seeds. But, ‘rice grains’ are always available to order (shipping only in Canada) and it saves you 1 to 2 years’ worth of growth.

Take advantage of the new shipping rates, very convenient for buying just a couple of packets, or keep an eye open until late June when Sanguinaria canadensis, Stylophorum and few others will join the moist company ;)

Hepatica seeds soon to follow after the pre-orders are finalized…


Breaking the tradition – Medeola virginiana germination

More updates on germination requirements

It seems that Medeola virginiana seeds don’t follow the traditional double morphophysiological dormancy (MPD). Unlike most species with this type of dormancy, which require a cold-warm-cold cycle to germinate and produce roots in the warm period (2 years seeds), M. virginiana seeds do not form a root during this time; instead, root and cotyledon emerge at the same time in the second spring after sowing.

Medeola virginiana seedlings; seeds sown fall 2015 – germination spring 2017

Speculations are that this sort of germination pattern may represent a transition towards a type of more complex MPD.
Or is it sorcery involved ? ;-)

OK, the practical meaning of all this: be patient and don’t scratch the pots looking for tiny roots in the first year.

For me: I could keep the seeds in moist storage until the second spring, if I would have that many…

Note: again, we are talking here about sown fresh/moist kept seeds.

Alien vs. Predators – Aquilegia scopulorum

When in bud, the long spurred Aquilegia species bring visions of ‘Aliens’ waiting to ambush the ‘Predators’ :-)

Aquilegia scopulorum

Two years ago I lost A. scopulorum I had from Wrightman Alpines; don’t know if because I transplanted it or it was short lived, but luckily I collected a few seeds. The seedlings are just about to flower, and well, maybe they won’t be entirely true to species, but they look very close. I also obtained two variegated seedlings which I hoped in vain will revert to green. I’m not very fond on variegated foliage and so my question is: to keep or not to keep? – that’s a hard one…

Aquilegia scopulorum variegated seedling

Meanwhile, I hope the Predators won’t show up at night….I love my Aliens. I will post an image with the fully open flower in a couple of days.

Thanks to the heat wave, it opened fast – so here it is, the very image of its ‘mama’ :))

Aquilegia scopulorum

Lost in translation – updates on germination requirements

Slowly, as I have the chance to try more species myself, and/or find reliable info, I work on making updates for the germination requirements on the Seeds shop. I already mentioned about Sanguinaria canadensis.

It is easy to ‘get lost in translation’ when reading about various types of morphophysiological dormancies, but a short summary for species from temperate regions that require warm/cold cycle for germination will be as follows:

This dormancy breaking requirement is naturally fulfilled by summer (high temperatures) followed by fall (lower warm temperatures) and winter (cold stratification). Note the need of high followed by low(er) warm temperatures.

Because of the collecting/shop logistics and peoples habit of buying seeds in late fall, this means that such species, when sowed in late fall/winter will need the whole next season to undergo these requirements, although otherwise they would not qualify in the ‘2 year germinators’ category.
So it goes: changed from require ‘cold stratification’ to ‘warm – cold stratification’:

Hydrophyllum virginianum
Hydrophyllum canadense
Aralia racemosa
Prosartes lanuginosa (moist packed seeds available this fall I hope)
Ilex verticillata

Hydrophyllum virginianum seedlings, seed sown fall 2015, too late for the warm treatment, germinated this spring (2017)

Prosartes lanuginosa: seeds sown after collecting in early September 2016 – germination right now (I only had about 9 seeds)

Other warm/cold germinators that we already know about and I already posted pictures (many require moist storage): most Corydalis, Allium tricoccum, Asarum canadense and europaeum, Saruma, Anemone quinquefolia and A. nemorosa, Dicentra (D. formosa in the featured image), Thalictrum thalictroides, Jeffersonia, Hepatica….

Corydalis nobilis seedlings

Simplicity – Geum triflorum

Easy to grow in the garden and from seeds, this North American Geum is an absolute a delight!  An unpretentious, care free plant in most locations; sun and good drainage required. Best when planted in large numbers for the ‘smoky’ effect of the feathery seed heads (Prairie Smoke ;) in the summer.

Geum triflorum – Prairie Smoke, Old Man’s wiskers; rosy-red, nodding calyces/flowers, followed by feathery seed heads; the compact, ferny looking foliage will become reddish in the fall.

Propagation from seeds: I did a whole bunch last year – sown in the fall and left outside (cold/moist stratification) and the germination was excellent; I planted the seedlings in the garden by late fall.
The grown up clumps can be easily divided every few years.

Note: Other sources indicate sowing at warm.

Geum triflorum seeds head

Out in the woods – Hepatica

It is that time of year when Hepaticas are flowering in the woods (and in the garden). Scouting in areas with large populations always leads to finding interesting forms!
The Hepatica acutiloba specimens shown below are isolated clumps and there is a good chance that a good proportion of the seedlings to come true to the mother-plants.

Hepatica acutiloba 1 – 2017

Hepatica acutiloba 2 – 2017

As well, this is the first find of a Hepatica americana with true pink flowers

Hepatica americana pink – 2017

Semi-double forms are not that rare as the pink flowered, but still a nice find.

Hepatica americana sd- 2017

The Hepatica shop section will be updated as soon as we’ll be able to tell how the seed forming is going on.

Also Claytonia virginica is in flower and soon Sanguinaria canadensis….a kind reminder that the Pre-orders page is up and running!
Usually there are plenty of Sanguinaria seeds and they keep well in moist storage, but asking for seeds of Claytonia, Erythronium and some of the special forms of Hepatica late in the fall, can only lead to disappointment…

Report on the shipping rates

I’ve been secretly working on adding new shipping rates and I’m happy to ‘report’ that it’s done! I’ve hoped to finish by the time the first signs of spring appear in the woodlands and the timing was right – Dirca palustris is just starting to flower, the first Allium tricoccum shoots are emerging and the Spring beauty (Claytonia virginica) will soon burst into flower.

As of April 1st, new shipping and handling rates will apply for all orders – Shipping & Delivery. No need to remember them though because they are displayed on the shopping cart as soon as the country of the destination is entered – simple and clear!

They allow more choices for both domestic and international customers, a very low rate for small international orders (I’ve been listening ;), free shipping for specific amounts, and so on…Coupon codes will be applied as usual.

These settings took me out of my computer ‘comfort zone’ but the hard work is done and the framework is in place; further tweaks will be easy to apply – only the sky is the limit, or better said the bottom of the ocean because there is nowhere lower to go than these shipping rates ;)

Enjoy – grow more plants from seeds this season!

The woodland is quietly awakening

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