There is a tendency to take a deep breath when we arrive at the month of August. In the early spring, we go out everyday to look at the growth of each plant to see if anything new has just emerged from it’s winter dormancy. In spring our search is delicate and intimate. In August, we go out to what seems like an explosion of plant growth. Things are big and robust. The vegetable gardens are spilling over with produce. Didn’t we just pick that row of beans? What will we do with all this Swiss chard? The extra large zucchini will get the heave hoe into the pig’s pen. The display gardens have some of their own versions of big as well. Of course, we grow some rather large specimens of certain plants. Ligularia japonica, Rheum australe , Veronicastrum virginicum ,Persicaria polymorpha, and an assortment of extra large hosta. They all take a hefty roll in the gardens.Thalictrum rochebrunianum is another impressively large plant we grow, although it is truly one of the most graceful plants as well. It’s common name is Meadow Rue. There are many native Thalictrums growing on the property too ( dasycarpum and dioicum), both having creamy white flowers. They have done well to spread themselves throughout the woodland. Thalictrum rochebrunianum is the tallest cultivar we grow, reaching 6 to 7 feet when really happy with its site. Thalictrum kiusianum is on the other end of the spectrum ( we grow this too), it only reaches a maximum height of 4-5 inches in flower. Even though we have an outburst of large and impressive plants taking up space here at the nursery, there’s still room for dainty! As you can see, both the nursery cultivars and the native Thalictrum are great for our pollinator population. Are you growing Thalictrum in your gardens? If not, come check them out here at Fernwood.