Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Garden Pink

Garden Columbine
(Aquilegia spp.)

Although this specimen is a garden columbine rather than a wild Canadian columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), its position in a corner of the garden in front of the little blue house in the village is one which always gives me pleasure in late May and early June.

This plant is several years old, and it has occupied its present living space since I moved it there seven years ago to give it more growing room - the large blooms with their ornate architecture and rosy colour are really something to see, and they always make me think of a truly funky hat.

Together with various specimen hostas (the huge ones), astilbes, monksood and Asiatic lilies, my columbine lives in a shady alcove near the cobblestone walkway leading to the front door. It is the first bloom our guests encounter when they visit at this time of the year, and I think of it as a kind of welcoming committee.


Marcie said...

Cate, She's a beauty, your lady in the funky pink hat!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful picture, beautiful flower. The early bloomers are a particular joy, aren't they?

Anonymous said...

Hi kerrdelune

Beautiful, delicate photo! I've always wondered what that was called. It makes for a gracious welcoming committee.

GreenishLady said...

And what a welcome! Elegant and gracious. I have the plain 'common-or-garden' purple aquilegia. Not at all as interesting.

Kim Antieau said...

Superb! It looks like a fairy flower or something. A strange kind of sweet light.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Beautiful! This is one of my favorite flowers. I'd love to have this post join the Sunday Garden Stroll at a wrung sponge.