Flowers on Friday

A charming, old-fashioned cottage garden plant with bonnet-shaped flowers, often two-tone and with long graceful spurs these herbaceous perennials are invaluable for flowering in May and early June .

Aquilegias fill the seasonal gap between the last of the spring bulbs and the first of the summer flowers. Self-sown they can look charming naturalised amongst shrubs and roses although some people find the colours become muddied. They lend themselves to cottage or semi-wild settings. Most relish dappled shade. They love deep, rich soil.

Two different birds lend their names to this flower – Eagle and Dove (in Latin, eagle = aquila and the dove = columbus). The petals are supposed to resemble the outspread wings of these birds, and the spurs their arched necks and heads. All aquilegias have wonderful foliage that emerges early in the year, creating clumps of bright green among the sharp verticals of daffodils and other bulbs.

18 thoughts on “Flowers on Friday

  1. Funny! I’ve just left a comment over at Tish’s to the effect that my daughter regarded them as free gifts when they first moved in to their house. An inexpensive way to fill their long borders. 🙂 🙂 Beautiful shots, Jude! Wishing you a pain free Friday. Off to an Islamic Festival today 🙂 (one that Becky recommended). There is no known cure for whatever it is I’ve got. Festival fever?

  2. I had heard of the dove, remembering mea columba from my schoolgirl Latin, but had not realised about the eagle part. It’s a lovely plant and all the lovelier for escaping into lanes then growing wild around here.

  3. I planted seeds of an English Columbine the Saturday before Easter Sunday. So far, only three or four have germinated. I usually do much better with bedding plants but this packet of seeds was a gift from a fellow gardener.

  4. Your photos are utterly beautiful, Jude. They do the aquilegia justice, in so many gorgeous colours and subtle forms.

  5. These are gorgeous . . .I have had hardly any appear this year, they were all self seeded and in the past few years been incredible. Maybe it is time I remind the birds to drop by with some seeds again!

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