I discovered Flower Friday while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and decided to begin sharing some flower pictures from our gardens along with some information about them. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!
Last time I shared: Common Serviceberry
Here are all 2019-2021 shares:
- Jerusalem Artichoke
- Tiger Lily
- The Zinnia and the Swallowtail
- Wax Begonia
- Mountain Mint
- Spring Blooms
- One Beautiful…One Interesting
- Persian Carpet Zinnia
- Hibiscus (non-tropical)
- More Hibiscus
- Volunteer sunflowers
- Lemon queen sunflowers
- Marigolds and Pumpkins
- Mountain Mint, Swallowtail, and Zinnias
- Blue Wood Hyacinth
- Purple Hairy Vetch
- Purple Blooms
Before my blog break I shared a post of purple blooms. In that post was an interesting flower that just popped up in my landscaping. It was exciting because we didn’t have any other flowers like it. At the time it was spindly and small with only four or five blooms. Here’s an old picture of it…
It’s grown exponentially since then. I’m amazed at how large it’s become in just one season with many more leaves and blooms.
The only thing I don’t love about this perennial is that you have to lift up the bell-shaped flowers to see the colors inside. They have these interesting spurred petals. This species is unique and different from any of the other perennials we have.
The scientific name for Columbine is Aquilegia, and they belong to the buttercup family. They are herbaceous perennials that are found in regions at higher altitudes in the Northern Hemisphere from zone 3-9. Don’t let their look of fragility deceive you, they’re actually one of the most hardy perennials. Ours has taken a beating this spring with multiple frosts.
- The name Aquilegia came from the Latin word for eagle, perhaps because the petals look like eagle talons.
- Columbine is the state flower of Colorado.
Thanks for checking out Flower Friday! What do you have blooming this week? Have a wonderful weekend!