Sunday, May 24, 2015

More and More and MORE Columbines!

I have always liked the native and have some of those, too. This is a cross between a native and one of my purple ones from years ago. The rest are those I started from seed as a mix. If you have never started columbine from seed, it can be a worthwhile project. They will self seed on their own, but like to mix it up, and there is no telling what you may get, a bit like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates. 

Some are singles, doubles, ruffled, or "bonnets".  Some are a single color or bi-colors. Some are shorter or taller, with bluer foliage. They can form nice clumps and weed out easily. They also come in yellow and white, but those tend to be the last in bloom.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


These are some columbine I started from seed three years ago (second year blooming). They fill in along the edge of my hosta bed where it gets just a tad bit too much sun. Given the cottage style of my house, columbine, like lilies of the valley, bridal wreath spiraea and lilacs are almost de rigueur,

They don't seem to mind the drier conditions found under my white pine and make an almost magical display in spring.

Maybe those gardening fairies arrived afterall.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Not Just Flowers for Color!

Sedums and friends

My dappled Japanese willow needs its own fan page on FaceBook
with almost 10,000 people having searched and read about it.
(REALLY! Surprises me, too!)