The dark plant in the back is ‘Black Negligee’ actaea. Behind ‘Black Stockings’ is the Incrediball hydrangea. To the right is the native tall meadow rue, Thalictrum polygalum. To the left is self-sown flowering tobacco. Look carefully and you can see ‘Concord Grape’ spidewort in the center of the image.
Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.
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