Monday, May 20, 2013

Colorful Columbines

Last Monday I showed you early spring in the Shade Garden. Boy has everything changed. The Spring bulbs have faded, aside from a few tulips hanging on, and have stepped aside to let the columbines take over center stage. For now. Again I am surprised at just how well everything is blooming this year. Last Spring was such a let down due to the heatwave and drought, that I'm relieved to watch everything bloom in the "normal" order. That said, It was pushing 90 degrees today.

For a few years the Aquilegia canadensis, or Canadian (or Eastern) columbine has been down to one little plant. Apparently last year was a great year for columbine's to sew their seeds because suddenly there are a lot of new plants all over the place.

That one plant in the foreground is the mother of all the other orange and red columbines. And because they are extremely interfertile with other members of the Aquilegia family, many varieties have been created after the introduction of Aquilegia vulgaris from Europe...and I'm sure we've had some cross-pollination of several plants right here in our Garden.

Hiding down among the foliage at the base of the tree in the picture above is a very cute peach and yellow columbine. Almost looks like the A. vulgaris version of A. canadensis.
Pure, upward facing yellow.

A lovely looking A.vulgaris, also known as the Common columbine and Granny's Bonnet.

I was surprised at how many flowered after being transplanted last year. As we were cleaning up and planting this bed, I was careful to save and move any little seedlings. Almost all of them grew to a pretty good size and are flowering.

Lifting his little head up for a better look.
On accident, it appears that the Shade Garden has turned into an (almost completely) Purple Garden, and the beds near the patio are full of mauve and pinks!
Although when this hairy poppy bud blooms it will be orange.

Such a vibrant color.

A pretty medium pink.

And a faded pink that turns almost lavender. We will definitely be scattering seeds this year between the two separate beds. And maybe adding a few new ones to the mix.