Plant pets, that is ;) After a harsh, long winter I am welcoming the survivors from the rock containers. All can be petted, but some more than others; they provide the same good feeling and heart rate slowing as any other pet (if they could only purr…).
Welcome to: Hieracium lanatum – a small Hawkweed from the Alps; grown from seed believing it was something else, but now that I know what it is, I don’t mind it at all (thank you Robert).
Thalictrum isopyroides – this is a highly prized and one of the very few meadow rues for rock gardens. Grown from seed, it has become fast a favourite. Only 10-15 cm tall, it has a compact, fine, most delicate appearance given by the small leaves divided into tiny blue-grey leaflets. In the fall, it takes a chameleonic look, with shades of golden and russet mixed within the green.
Native from Turkey, Iran, Syria, Afganistan to Altai Mts. where it grows in full sun, on rocky outcrops and stony ledges.
Note on Thalictrum propagation: not too easy to germinate, but if the seeds are fresh, after treatment with GA3, at least a few seedlings can be obtained; afterwards it is not particularly fussy. This species has circulated among the plant collectors for a while as Thalictrum ex. Afganistan, until it was properly identified.
Featured image: Achillea tomentosa var. aurea (Wooly yarrow) – an old plant-pet of ours; pure breed, very loyal…