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The Tale of Pink Brushes

13 May 2011 15:35:54
Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes'

Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes'

Last autumn, on a visit to Mount Venus Nursery with Fran, I was blown away by the most fabulous plant.

It was enormous, about 5ft, and fell in cascading branches, each bedecked with long, fluffy pink brushes. Hence its name, Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes'.

I enquired about the plant but it was not yet for a sale - a new introduction that they were growing for a while to see how it faired. Try again in spring, they advised.

Well, Pink Brushes went immediately to the top of my 'list' so, you can bet, I tried again in spring. To cut a long story short, I did not get the Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes' I had hoped for at the Birr, Rare Plant Fair. Boo hoo :(

But, while at Birr, I chanced asking at the Camolin Potting Shed about the plant. On line, I had seen it on their catalogue but also knew they were sold out but... no harm in asking while I was at their stall in Birr.

So I asked and, as good luck would have it, the Camolin Potting Shed, which is just around the corner from me, handed me my very own Sanguisorba 'Pink Brushes' when I dropped by this afternoon. But I've been told to pass on that they are not prepared to sell any more of them this year until they get their stock bulked up!

Not a bad result for Friday 13th. Now, I have just the place for this little baby...


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fran m fran m 13 May 2011 16:15:54

This is one fantastic plant as Rachel says. has to be seen to be believed...............

Rachel, I suppose I better say I am trilled you got it......................Hmmmm ;-O


Violeta Violeta 13 May 2011 17:40:40

Just Googled it, its very nice plant!  What plants would accompany it?  :-)   (Something tall with burgundy leaves would look gorgeous with it...)  Im sure after dreaming about it for so long time, You will choose the best of the best place for it! ;-)


Myrtle Myrtle 13 May 2011 17:45:01

Looks lovely, I have 'red thunder' which I got at the Potting Shed a few years ago and I like it too but your one gives a softer impression with those big pink brushes.


Jacinta Jacinta 13 May 2011 18:03:46

Very nice!


ladygardener ladygardener 13 May 2011 19:25:11

That'll be a great conversation piece in the garden - very unusual and again like your cotton grass you want to feel the texture to get the whole experience.  Looking forward to seeing what you plant it with.


Clara Clara 13 May 2011 19:48:02

You must be a special Lady and they knew you would be able to give T.L.C.


Rachel Rachel 13 May 2011 20:16:36

I am thinking of planting this to overhand my ornamental wooden wheel as it will be about 5ft tall. It needs plenty of space to show off.

No sour grapes now, Fran :D

Violeta, burgundy leaves are a lovely thought. But they will need to stay back. This plant is a prima donna.

Is 'Red Thunder' tall, Myrtle.

Thanks, Jacinta and Anne.

Clare, I am just ruddy persistent! I was told what a pain in the *** I was when I picked the plant up :D


Myrtle Myrtle 13 May 2011 21:26:55

Yes it is quite tall probably about 4 feet, the brushes stand upright and not quite as tactile as yours but I like the foliage and the flowers.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 13 May 2011 22:00:22

What a lovely surprise Camolin Potting Shed knows how to look after their customers.


fran m fran m 13 May 2011 23:19:00

None at all, Rachel. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy ;-))


Keego Keego 13 May 2011 23:24:48

It is really beautiful - good luck with it is has found a good home - I have bought a few bits off Camolin over the years and have always found the plants very reliable


Lìga Lìga 14 May 2011 07:22:19

Something new for me.Googled it,and first thought,,there is some mistake,,its flowers look like to perennial:))Nice one Rachel,love it!!!


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