September 03 2021

Sometimes I forget what a glorious world we live in. I get tired (age doesn’t help) and wonder why on earth I am working so hard-my gardens really are a full time job. I am blessed of course to be able to devote myself to growing things, I know this, but sometimes I need a reminder-something out of the ordinary to make me sit up and say “wow”. It’s fairly easy to notice a spectacular sunset or snow capped mountains, but I try to see the little things right in front of me. A year ago this spring, I bought a ‘Lemon Queen’ Trollius plant because I’d never grown any before. It sat there the whole summer and didn’t do much. I was not impressed. It’s now the second spring (patience is not only a virtue, but a necessity in gardening) and I cannot walk past that plant without smiling.

Also called globeflower, it’s bobbing little balls for bright yellow petals dance around like tiny suns, brightening my path literally and figuratively. The name Trollius is from the German word ‘trol’ meaning globe, thus it’s common name. Not all Trollius have such round flowers, some are open with the stamens sticking up. We also have native white trollius here in Montana that are easily confused with anemones. Both are members of the Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) along with pasqueflowers, clematis, columbines, larkspur, and yes, buttercups.

I have one section of my gardens which include the shade plants (off to the shady side) which I water faithfully as the globe flower tag warns me not to let the plants dry out. I am fortunate to live on a farm with a very good private well-probably my number one criteria for a place to live and garden. Grouping any water loving plants in one place makes them easier to care for and I need easier these days!

I’m not sure an avid plant collector like me is ever going to have a low maintenance garden, but when I get to questioning my wisdom, I try to remember that gardening makes me stronger and healthier-mentally and physically. And joy, pure unadulterated joy. Oh, trollius is a symbol of gratitude, pretty apt, I think.

Trollius cultorum ‘Lemon Queen’

Trollius laxus, American globeflower

Trollius europaeus, native to northern Europe and western Asia