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Weekend Plantidote 2012-05-26

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There are approximately 70 species of columbines. Bees (see 4th image below if you don't believe me), butterflies and hummers adore it. If you're interested in columbines from a scientific point of view of evolution and pollination of the plant click here.

Columbines are associated with Freya, Norse goddess of love and fertility. I can attest to the fact they are incredibly fecund! My garden started with 3 plants, now it's overrun with them. I hate to perform genocide in the garden, but they have become beasts. It's my own fault. I wanted to spread the plant to the shady areas of the garden where the plants have to compete with the Douglas fir roots. It's easier to just seed the area instead of transplanting. As usual the seeds spill out and germinate in unwanted areas! More views click the image for the larger view.





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Submitted by NWLuna on

as they say. I go around snipping off the developing seed pods of the ones with colors I don't like as much.

Somehow all the purple/blue ones are growing mostly in one bed, and the mauve, rose, pale pink ones in another. Have to see if they even out in a another couple of years.

Columbines here seem to grow just as well in sunny as shady areas, maybe even better, but that's probably the Seattle mild weather in spring.

Submitted by Lex on

They can be pushy, but that's not uncommon so i give 'em the snip-snip as the flowers finish.

My front shade bed is heavy with dark purple Columbines. They came with the house, which i hear was graced with a lovely and fecund yard long ago. (the back had a huge veggie garden, chickens, and a worm farm for many years) I have to assume that the Columbines were original survivors from the 30's when the house was built. They're the only thing that was here worth saving aside from some bulbs. (I left the Snowberry bush, but it will probably not be saved when i replace the water main and sewer lateral.)

So when i built the front bed, i saved and replanted them ... i've gotten a few more by way of their nature since and some i've let establish. After two years of living in a developed bed, they've gone from hard-knock survivors to lovely specimens and they make me smile because i think of the lady that planted them 70+ years ago.

Actually, i think of that old couple all the time as i reclaim the yard that their sons neglected and abused for decades after they passed. I imagine that they'd be happy to see the very large veggie garden and me sweating over the stove canning its production. I can't see the light at the end of the tunnel yet, but i believe that if i can have a productive summer this year, that i'll be close by next spring!

I gave myself a decade but expect four years ... this is year three.

Submitted by lambert on

Though I don't have beds like these.

For some reason, they had a really hard winter (even though the winter was not itself that hard) and did not self-seed as much as usual. Now they seem to be being outcompeted by violets (which I also love, but not in the same way).