|Newly emerged Meadowhawk (Sympetrum sp.) on Queen-of-the-Prairie|
|Early winter catches plants and pond napping|
And it will be a long winter night: 6-7 months until things green-up again. So why wait to start remembering the pleasures of the summer gone? Queen-of-the-Prairie (Filipendula rubra (Hill) B.L. Rob.), also known as Meadowsweet, was one of those pleasures, as it has been every summer since 2005. Planted in heavy clay soil between the pond and the north side of the house, where little else will grow, the single pot has expanded to cover 4-5 square meters and offsets have been moved to three other equally difficult spots.
|Meadowsweet grows tall - 2-3 metres - and tends to sprawl|
|A royal plume to brighten the July-August garden|
|Garden Thug or Endangered Native, it is all in the context|
|Weedy and not yet attractive - the new dugout in our Gopher Hill pasture|
|Spider wasp hunting on the disturbed dugout soil among thistle leaves|