Thalictrum Aquilegifolium Thundercloud in the garden
A double feature today, headed by Thalictrum Thundercloud, after the toss of a coin as to whether the white form Album may head the bill.
Thalictrum Aquilegifolium Thundercloud, a fully hardy perennial in Aberdeen and unlike some of the Aquilegias which it is closely related to, the Thalictrum is very long lived.
Thundercloud has soft fluffy lilac panicles of flowers which are held above the extremely attractive blue/green ferny foliage. In our garden flowering started at the very end of May and continued into the third week of July.
Not only are the blooms and foliage of this plant very attractive but the seed heads continue to give interest into early Autumn. This plant bulks up nicely, reaching a height of 90cm/3ft. Thundercloud has been in this position in the round garden for five years, no deterioration but neither has it required dividing. Our plant is in a semi shaded position, however it is said to do equally well in full sun. I wouldn’t be without Thalictrum in the garden.
Hardiness — Fully hardy
Position — Sun/part shade
Soil — Humus rich
This other Thalictrum, Aquilegifolium Album certainly does not play second fiddle to Thundercloud.
Album has been in the east facing border of the back garden for something like ten years. This one actually clumps up even better than Thundercloud and can be safely divided every three years or so, a position in the main border has been found for one of the divisions.
Flowering period is also from late May till July, but the seed heads on album are even more ornamental with a distinct purplish hue. Depending on how the sunlight catches the plant it can look even better when the flowers go over.. The foliage on album doesn’t have quite such a blue tinge as does Thundercloud.
Well anyway there you have another perennial which can look fabulous in Aberdeen if placed carefully in the correct position.
This picture below of the back garden was taken on July 24th. It was 9pm and the evening sun was just catching the woodland area at the bottom of the garden, well the garden slopes upwards so I suppose this makes it the top of the garden. After having such very miserable weather this Summer, looking out the kitchen window, I felt it was looking good enough to photograph.
More often than not I post pictures which are the maximum size which can be shown on my blog. 640×480 this way it saves any loss of quality that may occur. However I was rather pleased with this one below, I wanted to keep it nearer the original large size for use on my (Our Garden) page where I think larger pictures are of more benefit.
I will be updating my (Our Garden page) in September removing last years pictures and replacing them with this current years ones. I don’t suppose there will be that much difference, however it gives me something to do and I will probably be a little more pickier. In the meantime, if you care to expand the picture below you may see why I wanted this one left larger.
This is a picture of the front garden taken a couple of days later..
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