Monday, June 13, 2011

Aquilegia assortment

Columbine (Aquilegia hyb.) is a wonderful cottage flower. 
It offers height for the early summer garden, which is prefect for peering through when planted at the front of the boarder. Its dainty blooms dance on the breeze... and its colors and forms seem endless. And, as is true of most historical cottage flowers, they grow from seed very easily, given some nurture.


Here they are dancing in our Shade Path garden. They are a great succession planting, filling the gap from Narcissus 'Thalia' to the start of the foxgloves (which you can see shooting up in this May 30th photo).


 The only named variety I have, Aquilegia 'Nora Barlow'.

View from the sidewalk with the Aquilegia in the background of the beginning foxgloves. This tree is also slowly being covered by a climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala petiolaris) and Clematis 'Perle de Azur'.

See more of the Shade Path in May... or June last year.

10 comments:

  1. Yours are beautiful. And I have noticed that they are lovely everywhere this spring. Maybe they like this cooler weather.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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  2. I have really come to appreciate these only just this year. Great pictures.

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  3. I like the foliage as well as the flowers. The Nora Barlow is especially gorgeous.

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  4. Your columbine are so lovely. I have Nora Barlow with its pretty dropping heads. I really like the first one you have pictured. Very pretty.

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  5. I've only had luck with two cultivars. Yours photos are lovely as is your garden.

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  6. These are so pretty! I don't have any in my garden, but have vowed to change that next year!

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  7. What beautiful columbines, love them!!! Always love wondering through your garden ;)

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  8. I love all the different columbines you have!!!
    They are so beautiful!

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  9. Sweetness! I just took a bunch of pictures of my violet columbines that I seeded throughout the backyard, they are so nice to fill in, plus they came true from seed - very frugal! They're actually blooming, unlike most of the plants that are waiting for warm weather. Love those columbine . . .

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  10. You have so many nice combinations of plants ! Congrats !

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