When my day/week/month is going to heck in a handbasket, when faced with yet another impending-doom deadline, when the pile of folders on my desk grows so tall I can barely see over it… when the going gets tough, a little bit of cute can go a loooong way.
So here ’tis:
Thalictrum thalictroides ‘Pink Pearl’
Not many plants fall into the "cute as a kitten/puppy/baby duck OMG" category, but this is one of them.
Used to be Anemonella thalictroides, but recent molecular "fingerprinting" puts it into the (rather redundant) genus Thalictrum. This April-blooming woodland native (eastern North America) usually has bright white flowers. ‘Pink Pearl’ is a marvelous pinky-lavender selection made by Dr. Jeanne Frett and the gang at the Mt. Cuba Center, Greenville, Delaware.
I took this photo at Mt. Cuba in 2008 and have waited impatiently for ‘Pink Pearl’ to appear in the trade ever since. If anyone has any info as to where to get one, do fill me in.