I’m once again enjoying our native Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). The blossoms are an example of the amazing variety of colors, textures and shapes in the natural world. I like the way they dangle and dance with the slightest breeze.
The flowers will be gone in about a month, but I’ll continue to enjoy the foliage for most of the summer.
Columbine is a hardy plant and adaptable to a variety of growing conditions. I have some plants in our dry shade garden and some in full sun and they seem happy in both locations.
The blossoms are also an excellent source of nectar for hummingbirds. I’ve seen a male ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) in the backyard recently, and I hope he enjoys our columbine as much as I do.