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Kjell Kvalstein
· July 8, 2017
En av få som selger frø av amerikanske Hepatica

Spigelia marilandica has just been added to Canada 150 Celebration Sale list!
The seeds mature gradually and there will be more this year, therefore the first ones are being offered 'in kindness'.
Those interested can read the blog here:

Yesterday evening I was crawling around a bed planting Crocus bulbs when I came face to face with a little Iris dichotoma flower!
I was wrong to say it didn't flower this year. Anyway, one little flower doesn't mean seeds but there is hope for more next year. I have few well kept seeds and will produce more seedlings.
The Colchicum Waterlily matches well the colour

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Gentiana septemfida var. lagodechiana seeds - ready to go


Gentiana septemfida var. lagodechiana – Crested gentian Fam. Gentianaceae Native range: Caucasus Growing conditions: full sun to light shade; alpine meadows. Height: up to 25 cm Hardy to zon…

This is the perfect time to sow peonies and other species who require a warm period for the root growth followed by a cold period(winter) for breaking the shoot dormancy. If sown too late they will need two years for complete germination.
Species peonies are now in stock (maybe more later)
Hydrophyllum species: virginianum and canadense have the same germination pattern and are also best sown at this time.

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On today Friday's seed - or is it a fruit? about Triosteum aurantiacum.
We refer to ‘seeds’ many times without actually realizing that we are talking about the fruits.
Should we care if we sow seeds or fruits? Sometimes we should. You can read the whole post:
Or, have a look at the short story in the pictures.

Past the zen moment, Medeola virginiana seeds have been added to the shop! (pre-orders are safely kept apart, no worry). I've written quite few times about it, including its interesting germination pattern.
Those wanting to read more, by using the Search form in the blog, will obtain 9 results about the Medeola

1Breaking the tradition – Medeola virginiana germination 19 May 2017 /in Propagation, Wildflowers of North America 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 typ...
Those following my blog know my penchant for zen moments… Even with insects – some can sing some can’t. Issa  

Out in the woods - the time for more fruits & seeds, but there are also new flowers to be enjoyed

There is a subtle change in the garden...

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Gabriela Costea added 3 new photos.

Last flowers on Gentiana cachemirica, first ones on Datura and Deschampsia glitter in late afternoon soon - summer's end?

From mid-summer to late fall Dahlia coccinea is a wonder in the garden. It was grown from seeds kindly gifted by friend few years ago. At the time I thought - what now, should I grow Dahlia from seeds as well?! Not one moment of regret...

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Today I was packing seeds, moist and dry, nothing new for me of course, but sometimes I get questions from people who still don't know what 'moist packed' seeds means and the reason they need to be kept like this, so those interested can read more:
As well, by using the Search form in the Blog, you can find various other posts about this topic.

As I was packing seeds today, I thought that maybe some people who never bought or they buy for the first time moist packed seeds may wonder what they would get. Sometimes I get questions as well, …

Just a quick note about Allium tricoccum (ramps) - the first seeds have been collected for pre-orders; also few packets are available in the shop. They are moist packed and will start to germinate somewhere in October! (reason why more seeds are collected only when pre-ordered).
Other Allium species are available now, including wild collected seeds of Allium siculum ssp. dioscorides (Bulgarian honey garlic).

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For those who love the 'vegetal carnivores' - Pinguicula alpina and Pinguicula vulgaris seeds are in stock!


Pinguicula alpina – Alpine Butterwort Fam. Lentibulariaceae Native range: mountains in Europe, Asia. Growing conditions: full sun to part shade, alpine meadows Height: 5-10 cm Hardy to zone:…

Linum ucranicum (syn. L. uralense) just added to the Shop!


Linum ucranicum Syn. Linum uralense Fam. Linaceae Native range: Urals Mts. regions, Russia Growing conditions: sun, rocky substrate. Height: +/- 25 cm Hardy to zone: 5 Seed count/package…

Overheating - Roscoea tibetica f. atropurpurea


In this part of the world, the heat & humidity combined together can be quite unbearable. Today, we reached around 38C, with the humidex! Even the little Roscoea tibetica f. atropurpurea couldn…