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 could find a proper space in this new garden without much thinking of colour combinations.

Aconitum septentrionale ‘Ivorine’

It doesn’t clump excessively, which is unfortunate; I could use more seeds, so this is the next ‘ivory’ generation! Very easy to germinate if the seeds are sown fresh or kept moist and allowed a warm/cold cycle. The pots can be brought indoors around February to germinate and grown under lights will achieve a better growth by June. I had no more space available this year so they germinated outside somewhere beginning of May.

Aconitum septentrionale ‘Ivorine’ freshly transplanted seedlings





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)