Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Just now, all the columbines are blooming in our garden.  We have masses of them in purple, dark, light and medium pinks, a brick-red and even a frilly one called Nora Barlowe. 

These prolific plants are what garden magazines call 'enthusiastic self-seeders' and every year we see them growing up in unexpected places.  I can't bring myself to pull any of them up. 

I think they are so beautiful with their complex curves and little lampshade bonnets.

It's only when the columbines bloom that our somewhat untamed flower garden becomes a true English cottage garden.

These pictured sprang up new this year:  a hybrid that seems to have developed all on its own.  In our garden in May, it's all about the columbines.


Ginny said...

I would love for you to post all the different colored ones and the frilly one so I can see them. Another flower that I don't think I've seen, but I do believe they grow around here. I may try to get some seeds, they are so pretty. You are right about the shape and form, just charming.

Robin said...

Very pretty, so delicate looking.

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Rudee said...

They're gorgeous!

I've never had much of a desire to garden, but you're changing those ideas. Thank you!

Stephanie V said...

Ginny - when the rain stops, I'll get some shots of the different colors.
I think I could mail you seeds - the plants make lots - if you want them.

Rudee - You can really work hard in a garden - or chill out. They are always beautiful, though, and I'm happy you've been inspired. Spinning in the garden sounds good, doesn't it?


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