and the Rock harlequin
Usually mid-month I check on the moist stored seeds. No surprise this time; Trillium grandiflorum had a wave of germination in October, as per usual. No reason to panic; knowing it will happen I collect more seeds than would sell. The remaining of the seeds will germinate only after a cold period. In the case of T. erectum only very few seeds will germinate in the fall (without a cold period).
What I would like is to be able to tell which ones will germinate right away; unfortunately, these little skotomorphogenetics like to keep a bit of a mystery about themselves…
What else? Asarum canadense is also one dependable germinator, and so is Allium tricoccum.
Then there is the ‘grand mischief’ – Capnoides sempervirens (formerly a Corydalis). It will germinate when it likes (from summer to late fall) and where it likes (that is, almost everywhere :) Later the seedlings are easily moved to a desired location or potted up).
I noticed the seedling in the image below since it was very tiny and I enjoyed seeing it grow. To be honest, who else besides the Rock harlequin, would like to call home the tiny space between the garden rock and a cement slab?
Centaurea species seeds don’t need moist keeping but are also dependable germinators, and one result: C. triumfettii ssp. stricta was looking so magnificent yesterday that I couldn’t abstain taking one more picture. Snow will arrive soon and every little flower must be enjoyed!