There is something that’s draws the eye to the graceful, arching stems of Great Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis). I find it baffling that they are not a common sight in gardens I’ve visited.
From late July into the fall, my two Burnet plants blossom profusely. They have narrow, serrated , deep-green leaves. To date, they have returned every year and have been free of any pests. Sometimes I cut off a few of the leaf stocks to prevent them crowding out my beloved Meadowrues. The flowers are a purplish maroon colour and are said to resemble bottlebrushes. (One friend from Australia thought this was immensely funny, considering the huge Bottlebrushes in that country.) The blooms on this plant, native to Eastern North America, measure a few scant centimetres in length.
In the mid-1990s, I came across Sanguisorba for the first time in Ottawa’s Byward Market. What a treat that was – to gaze at the incredible selection of plants offered by numerous vendors all summer long. I learned much in those gardening years in Ottawa just from visiting with the vendors.
When I began my garden in Regina, I tried to grow many of the same plants that I had come to love in my Ottawa garden. Burnet was one of them. I had several failures though, which made me realise the necessity of learning to grow plants that thrive in the area that one calls home. (I also have had several failures of plants that other gardeners grow effortlessly here!)
Burnet is one of the first plants, for me, that signals summer’s drawing to a close. My Sedum spectabile (at left) is another one. The variety name escapes me.
It looks lovely this year – all of the rain we’ve had combined with some decidedly hot weather have been ideal conditions for all my Sedums.
But despite the signs of autumn’s approach, there are many summer flowers happily blooming their little hearts out. The Bluebells have several new flowers and this Clematis ‘Blue Boy’ (at right) is looking lovely twining through the bamboo trellis, while the Heavenly Blue Morning Glory (below) has at least one new bloom every day.
Things are slowly returning to normal after a rather nasty infection. I have been making slow progress on my wall and will posts some pictures of it soon.
In the meantime, here’s a photograph of my favourite place in my garden – the new seating area with the bamboo trellis in the foreground. Most of my stenciling to date is at the far end of the garage.
The sun is making an effort to shine after a few days of magnificent thunderstorms. The wind was quite something, although the garden today looks fresh and beautiful.
Thank you to everyone for their well wishes. Next year, fiddle camp is on the agenda!