Columbine in the Rain

pink columbine flower
Columbine in the Rain

The very first columbine flower this year embellished with tiny beads of rain.

At one time I had wild and hybrid columbines all over my yard and I love them, such a complicated flower but so delicate. This one is a descendant of ones that grew in my mother’s yard that were a variety of pinks and violets. The wild ones were a smaller red flower and a taller indigo blue.

After the deer moved in almost a decade ago they grazed on everything and the plants would sprout but never have a chance to bloom. What the deer didn’t eat the groundhog did, until the plants simply disappeared. But I discovered one plant in an overgrown section of my garden and transplanted it to another spot so I wouldn’t till it under by mistake. It came up for the past two years but never bloomed and I couldn’t figure out why.

This year, no deer, no groundhogs, good fences. The flower spike sprouted and continued to grow and now there are flowers. It’s likely either the groundhog ate the nascent flower spike, or the deer nipped it off before it was tall enough to see.

I have seeds for some other columbines that I saved from several years ago. I hope a few of them will sprout, grow and bloom!

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  1. Very pretty Columbine, Bernadette. Mine were fine in deer country until a few years ago, now I have to plant them inside the fence. I do love that they self-seed everywhere, last year I collected seed from some of my favorites and winter sowed them with great results.

    1. I saved seeds from all but the original red ones because I didn’t realize I’d lose them. I dug them up in the woods decades ago, before I realized that wasn’t the right thing to do. I had intended to plant them last fall but didn’t get around to renewing all the beds so this year I’m trying to compress that into this spring. I’d like them to get a good head start if I can get them planted this month.

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