My petit inventory

Fall has officially arrived and I thought it would be wise to start doing what I call my ‘petit inventory’ :) Lots of seeds have been sown this year and many have germinated. As usual, some seedlings have perished, while others have grown well; a few have been planted in the ground, and some are even flowering! (see Iris dichotoma and Scabiosa caucasica).

An inventory always helps me remember what I’ve grown during the year and it adds to the experience. In most cases, the inventory entails only 2-3 plants, or worse, 1 – truly ‘petit’! I will show a few from the alpine section for now.

Few Caucasian species are my joy and pride: Potentilla divina, Astragalus levieri and Eremogone lichnidea.


Potentilla divina a bit difficult to grow, I hope to get it through the winter


Astragalus levieri – a high altitude species, easy to germinate but usually hard to establish; the young seedling was planted in the ground in May


Eremogone lichnidea – another new species, I left them as they were in the seeding pot (some alpines react well to this treatment)

As well other species, like Silene jailensis and Paronychia cephalotes, have exceeded my expectations. I also have good hope to finally see the alpine thistle – Carlina acaulis, established in the rockery (seen in the Silene background).


Silene jailensis (a Crimean collection) – seedling planted early outside


Paronychia cephalotes – another new one, the seedlings were looking so nice that I was afraid to prick them out and planted the whole seedlings pot in the ground.

As you notice, I have continued my experiment of planting asap very young seedlings in the ground, and it has proven again to be the better way to go, at least for me. They can have the roots going deep down fast and establish well throughout the season, while the ones left in pots are more difficult to manage water-wise, plus that the pots are not deep enough for their liking.

In the feature image: Artemisia umbelliformis (Alpine wormwood), another little alpine gem I’m happy to see doing well.

Next to come – the Chinese Podophyllum babies from the shady section!

8 replies
  1. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Thank you for sending this post out October 13. I love seeing what seedlings look like in their first year of growth. Timing and placement is everything for alpine growth success. I will make an effort to plant out asap next year.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      It was a glitch, this post remained frozen somewhere in the cyberspace :) I hope my ‘rock pile’ will start looking better in the next years, but certainly planting early
      in the spring is best in our region (with seedlings started very early or of previous year).

  2. Tina
    Tina says:

    Good to see those babies a’growing! A proud gardening parent, you must be. The Paronychia cephalotes has very attractive foliage.

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Thank you Tina. I am very interested to see Paronychia development; I thought the scarcity in cultivation may be due to poor germination/fussy seedlings, but these options have been eliminated :) so we’ll see…

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