Amidst the continuing heat, humidity and drought there is a general confusion. Some woodland species don’t know what to do better than aborting their fruits while others, like Actaea rubra, are in a hurry to have them ready so they can go to ‘sleep’.

Actaea rubra fruits

Actaea rubra fruits

In the garden, while collecting seeds of Cortusa matthioli very early in the morning, I noticed a new, fuzzy flower stem rising up from among the leaves.

Cortusa matthioli

Cortusa matthioli flowering again

As well, Aconitum ‘Ivorine’ shows a split personality, one trying to keep flowering, and one wanting to mature its fruits… Meanwhile, a Consolida ajacis decided to play tricks on me and flowered in a new, pale pink colour (in the header image); a nice addition to the blue form, already in the garden.

Aconitum septentrionale 'Ivorine'

Aconitum septentrionale ‘Ivorine’

And what is this tall and fragrant, tag-less Primula doing here in the middle of July? Wait a minute, I remember, it is Primula florindae – a late flowering species. Why do I grow the Giant Himalayan cowslip which needs a lot of water? I am confused.

Primula florindae

Primula florindae

One thing they have in common though – and there’s no confusion about that – they are all easily grown from  seeds.

(*Aconitum – seeds fresh or kept moist)

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    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      You’re right Tina, every year is something else/ or better say the same? :) Too hot, too cold, too rainy, drought…

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