Only a short entry today – late-night database upgrades and inventory week mean little time for anything else.
While in the garden yesterday photographing plants for the inventory, I overheard a visitor point to this plant (in a different bed without the yellow irises behind it) and say, “Now this I don’t care for.” Fair enough, I didn’t admire it when I first started at the garden six years ago either. It’s interesting, though, to see what familiarity breeds, and in this instance it is the opposite of contempt. ‘Superba’ bistort has been a reliable, durable plant that requires little maintenance and flowers for a long time – qualities that one can’t “see” with a first impression.
You can read a bit more about Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ on the BBC Gardening web site.
Gardening / conservation resource link: The Canadian Museum of Nature’s Native Plant Crossroads contains information on gardening with native plants and how it can help plant conservation.