Showing posts from October, 2019

Beautiful Foolishness of Things - The Book of Tea

'Too little tea' is a Japanese expression that refers to a person too busy to stop and smell the roses.  From ‘The Book of Tea’: The heaven of modern humanity is indeed shattered in the Cyclopean struggle for wealth and power. The world is groping in the shadow of egotism and vulgarity. Knowledge is bought through a bad conscience, benevolence practiced for the sake of utility. The East and the West, like two dragons tossed in a sea of ferment, in vain strive to regain the jewel of life. We need a Niuka again to repair the grand devastation; we await the great Avatar. Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the sighing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things. Kakuzo Okakura

American Burnet - One of the last native flowers to bloom

Sanguisorba candensis - photo by Jan Johnsen Do you have a slightly wet piece of ground? American Burnet ( Sanguisorba canadensis) is an  under-appreciated native perennial plant that might work for you! It is a fall bloomer that is still sporting its spikes of white fuzzy flowers in mid-October.  American Burnet by Stefan Bloodworth  Also called  Canadian Burnet, i t is common in the Eastern US and it is a large, graceful plant that is  native to swamps and bogs but has a high degree of drought tole rance.  It begins to bloom in  August  and continues through the  fall.    It grows between 3 ft and 4 ft tall and is hardy from Zone 3 - 7.  sanguisorba canadensis  by Thomas Muller This plant is clump-forming and spreads through rhizomes. The abundant spikes of bottlebrush-like flowers attract bees and looks especially lovely on the edges of ponds and banks of streams.  It looks great next to other  tall autumn performers such as Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'.