Oh, My Darling Columbine
The Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) was looking mighty fine last weekend. I really have nothing new to say about this plant. Just: isn’t it marvelous?
This Columbine is growing near some Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) and Ostrich Ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris).
In my opinion Columbine should be required in every temperate garden, like seat belts or smoke detectors. Perhaps not as a matter of safety, but it is simply wrong for gardeners to deprive themselves of this plant.
Here’s a Columbine flower with Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaritica) in the background. I only grow the one North American species of Columbine, A. canadensis. There are other species, but I’ve been given to understand that Columbine species will interbreed very readily. Since they are rather short-lived in my garden, I would soon have nothing but Columbine mutts.
Maybe that wouldn’t be a bad thing, but why improve on perfection?
Here’s some Columbine with False Forget-Me-Not (Brunnera macrophylla).
I’ve been told that Columbine actually prefers lean soil. Perhaps my rich soil causes it to grow lushly but then expire early, like a person living on a diet of steak and cheesecake. In any case, it’s a good thing that it self-sows.
Though you never know where Columbine will pop up.
Wild Columbine is like a cloud of dangling red and yellow chandeliers.
It seems like such an improbable flower, but so beautiful.