Chives and Columbines

26 05 2013

A bed of chives (Allium schoenoprasum) against a backdrop of Columbine (Aquilegia) blooms in the rock garden at Green Spring Gardens

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Chives Columbine lorez

 

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Columbine blooms

15 05 2013

Columbine blooms (Aquilegia sp.), photographed in the rock garden at Green Spring Gardens

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Columbine Pink Yellow





Bi-color Columbine

1 05 2012

Columbine (Aquilegia)

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Columbine cluster

21 04 2012

Columbine (Aquilegia), photographed at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA

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Pink Columbine

15 05 2011

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Columbine

15 05 2011

The Columbine gets its common name from the Latin columba or dove. The genus name for the plant is Aquilegia (derived from the Latin word for eagle—aquila—named this because the shape of flower petals resemble an eagle’s claw).  This herbaceous perennial is rated hardy to zone 3 and prefers partial shade and well-drained soil. It is very easy to propagate from seed and will self-sow. The seeds and roots are highly poisonous.

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Columbine (Aquilegia)

3 05 2011

Columbines (Aquilegia) in every color are blooming prolifically at Green Spring Gardens these days! Today was the first time I had ever seen one with multiple “petticoats” (third photo in collage).

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