Thalictrum: Meadow Rue

blooms last June

blooms last June

Meet my all time favorite garden plant, the thalictrum.

At this time of year, its foliage is very much like the columbine. Both are a dull green lump with scalloped shaped leaves. Both due well with shade as long as it isn’t deep, never see any sun at all shade. Both have lots of new babies in the spring so there are plenty more for filling in.

What is striking about the thalictrum is that it is tall, reaching above the rest of the flowers in an imperial way.

one of the perennials I eagerly watch each spring- it has shell shaped petals and gets much bigger than columbine

I prefer the type that have little flowers with petals, such a light pinky lilac that they almost seem white in the bright sun. I have others that open up into faded pink puff balls. the bloom time lasts for weeks and one day I will get to see what it would look like to have a row of them in the back of the garden. I’m up to five tall ones… ┬áThe babies are getting there but I just keep moving them so that more of my gardens have beautiful specimens. One of these years I will leave enough alone to let them create an unforgettable impression.

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one of the perennials I eagerly watch each spring- it has shell shaped petals and gets much bigger than columbine

That’s the joy of gardening. You do the work, you sit and enjoy the display, and then your mind starts planning future work… it is always a work in progress.

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Lori is a teacher living in upstate New York whose grown children and grandchildren live in several states of the northeast.

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