columbine – aquilegia

7 May

 

columbine 009The columbine is in full bloom, and even the red variety that didn’t bloom last year is trying to flower.  Columbine is one of those flowers that look pretty in a mass but, since the flowers face down, can’t be completely appreciated unless you turn them up.columbine 006

On the other hand, a close look at the inverted blossoms shows a wonderfully complex design, with a distinctive elongation of the petals forming ‘spurs’ on the top side.  columbine 008Several plants have reseeded themselves throughout the bed, which is usual for columbine, and I am loathe to remove any until I determine of there are any more of the red variety.

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6 Responses to “columbine – aquilegia”

  1. myfoodandflowers May 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    They are cute and easy to grow!

    • Donna's Garden May 10, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

      Almost too easy; they spread everywhere — a small price to pay for such pretty flowers, I think.

  2. violetski May 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    They are so beautiful ! ❤

  3. Annie's Place May 8, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    We only have the red ones. They spread very much in the garden.

    • Donna's Garden May 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

      I love the reds, although I guess the blues are a little more showy. I started these from a few seeds given me by a friend and, as you can see, they grew very well. Happy to share if you’d like some when they go to seed.

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