Friday, May 01, 2020

A Fairy Garden?

Years ago I planted a mixture of Columbine flower seeds. I remembered the wild Columbine that greeted late spring in Colorado where I grew up. That made me want something similar in my beds. Little did I realize sprinkling a few mixed seeds from a seed packet would produce dancing fairies in spring. And do they dance!! They jump flower beds, jump garden beds, and show up almost anywhere. 

They are not invasive and allow other flowers or plants to take over when they are done. They are sexually promiscuous and allow the bees to transfer all their traits to mix with their columbine friends and you get such a lovely assortment of flowers over a two week period. They are vagabonds, as I have found them in my back yard over 100 feet away and behind the house! I took just a few photos for you to see how precious these fairies are. I imagine them discussing ballgown colors and how many layers of frill and silk to wear while they are awaiting their entrance!






14 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL!! I have several that don't have the spurs, not nearly as pretty but as you said, they are prolific little things. I'm hoping to sow seeds for more next year.

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  2. What a nice mixture of colors!

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  3. Wow! They are beautiful. The white with rain drops is stunning with strong emotion.

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  4. How delightful for you.

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  5. Oh, yes. You describe the nature of the lovely columbine very well. It is promiscuous and creates all kinds of interesting offspring.
    Yours are just ahead of ours, which are just showing their first open blooms. As the tulips fade, it's columbine time!
    Your photos are wonderful.

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  6. Such tiny beauty. Thank you for shar8ng.

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  7. so beautiful. alas, another plant that doesn't like our climate. there is one variety that will naturalize here, a yellow but I've never been able to get them to bloom. I have one plant that I planted last year which didn't bloom and didn't really grow. this year it has grown wonderfully but...no blooms. so far anyway.

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  8. These are lovely and I wonder if I could find a space for some. Even for a couple of weeks it would be great to see them. Thank you for the idea.

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  9. Oh my, oh my....look at those colors. Nothing like a little passion to get one going. I really love your dancing fairies.

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  10. These are absolutely delightful!! They make my heart dance like the fairies! The colors are just luscious. I will buy some seeds and sprinkle some fairy gowns too. :D

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  11. We also call them granny bonnets because they look like old fashioned Victorian bonnets with the double layer of petals. They are so pretty and as you say very promiscuous in their habit.

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