Tag Archives: columbine


what it was only cloudy ? ! ? and no rain. i was able to gently fill in and level the turned over seedling bed. somehow i think planting will be like planting spring peas. poke a hole and mush the mud over the top. and balancing over a board to plant the middle of the bed. now who doesn’t like playing in the mud ! there are no daylilies blooming today. there are carnation poppy, columbine, and larkspur… oh and the grounds crew is hard at work munching on the lawn and the extra larkspur.

self seeding

some of the annuals we buy and plant in pots. others like the columbine, larkspur, and poppy are self seeding and show up randomly in the garden. actually the columbine is a short lived perennial. they will live about 3 years and then they are gone. while they last they come in a variety of shapes. they can have long spurs or short. similarly with the petals. and sometimes the flower is double. and then there is the flowers from our neighbor’s tulip tree. green petals and a contrasting bright orange center.

naiads, nudibranch, columbines, and one daylily oh my

or how to keep gnomes from taking over your garden.  did i leave out the beetle ?  yes.  and it snuck in anyway.  nudibranch are noted for consuming poisonous creatures and using the toxins for their defense.  now this glass replicant may or may not share those same capabilities.  however my theory is it has consumed every gnome, hat and all, that has snuck into the garden and is now using the pointy tips of their hats as part of its armament.  and it is just a garden theory.  as for the columbines they self seed themselves around the garden.  usually they revert to their wild form.  the last one well it decided long wild spurs were its thing.  and i had to do one daylily and one scape of the many that are popping up all over.  lots of images…


eventually spring will make its way to daylily season.  still moving plants.  and expanding gardens.  and removing junk that has been hiding in the landfill for who knows how long.  old rusty pipes don’t sound like metal when the shovel hits them.  and plants don’t need that much metal in their diet.  and we are actually getting closer.  hemerocallis minor is a species daylily and it blooms about two weeks before the other daylilies.  so start your counter.  and prepare to be a little more patient.  until the daylilies are really ready.  and yes i am still finding plants to move to the evaluation bed.  six images…

that spring thing

it is happening and happening.  i think someone found the turbo button.  and then they just stepped on it and stood there.  seven images…


let the columbine grow wild.  after a few generations the long spurred columbines are replaced.  and they do what they want to do.  this one is kind of white with a blush around the edges and decidedly double.  the daylily is Mildred Mitchell.  four images…


what am i waiting for ?

well now that there have been some daylilies bloom what comes next ?  waiting and some more waiting.  the peony will bloom.  lupines will bloom.  and the columbine will continue to bloom.  and eventually… eventually… yes eventually the other daylilies will come into bloom.  so a columbine bud from this year and Rory Gallagher from last year’s daylily bloom…  three images

columbine purple bud IMG_7490

rory gallagher det IMG_3373 rory gallagher macro IMG_3373


our columbines slowly work their way back to their natural form.   the long spurs are replaced by shorter ones and they gradually abandon the hybridized form,  they may be a short lived perennial,  individual plants seldom last more than two or three years.  and that is okay, a little change in the garden each year is a good thing.  three pictures.

pink columbine det pink columbine macro petal pink columbine macro

granny’s night cap ?

one of the names of this flower is granny’s night cap.  aka columbine.  a graceful flower with spurs.  they self seed in the garden and make for a nice bloom between the tulips and the flowers of summer.  a flower with 5 spurs that will get you hooked on its beauty.  enjoy.   oh one last thing.  daylilies are not the only flower full of surprises.  the last two pictures show a little bit of green where you don’t normally expect to find it, right in the middle of the petal.

columbine bud macro_2 columbine bud macro

columbine det columbine purple det

columbine purple columbine petal macro