"My French Columbine"

It took me three years to grow a "French Columbine"!

Really, from seeds, only two plants grew to size, but never a flower!
Again last year one plant did grow again. It just died back as winter took over (yes, we on the Gulf Coast of Florida do have winter).

This week I was so excited when I first saw the 'Bud' coming, and laugh or not "I talked to this little plant"... cheering it on as the bud finally opened!

is a native plant of Europe ; they vary in size, smaller types are as little as 4" in height, larger varieties can grow to as high as 35".
Columbine is a plant of the Aquilegia family... having distinctive bell-shaped flowers with spurs on each petal. They also come in a variety of colors. Mine are "White"!

Just to show that you can see whatever you want in the meaning of things, it turns out that back around Shakespeare’s time 400 years ago columbine flowers got a bad reputation as having something to do with the seamier side of sex. It was those five horns on the flower

No matter the meaning of the word "Columbine", I only know it as the sweetest little flower.  Although  I have not seen many growing in the gardens I may have walked through, I so have loved this little flower from afar. 
From what I read these little flowers grow in shady spots. Fields if you may.  Well mine is growing in full sunlight and now that I know this, far be it for me to transplant it to another spot! I will surly kill it!

Oh the joys of the garden... and my little "French Columbine"  
Excuse me while I go out and cheer on the next three buds, promise not to stay out there in the garden too long. They say a "Thunder storm is coming"!

I'm linking up to

Fertilizer Friday


Natalie said...

I used to have columbine in the backyard, but yours are beautiful! Ours weren't nearly that big. I'm so glad that I found your blog!!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love your columbine! I planted plants several years ago and they are the first bloomers in my garden each spring. They are pretty thick now. I LOVE their delicacy and their foliage is so pretty. They reseed pretty freely too which is great! I have some soft yellow and lavender blooms.

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Congrats on your columbine flower. I had some at my old house. They were there when I moved in. The always made me smile. I should plant some huh?

Stephanie Lynn said...

What a fabulous plant! I too get excited when I see my garden come back. {so I can completly relate to the cheering =)} So pretty! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh yeah! It truly is a wonderful feeling,and so exciting to see things come up or out again! Congratulations on your columbine flower! It's lovely!


Theresa said...

O so pretty and I love your blog header photo!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Congrats on nursing your pretty flower along, so glad it made you happy, it's beautiful!

Valerie said...

You have a right to be proud. This is gorgeous.

Beth said...

Beautiful pure white columbine! What a thrill for you to get a bloom!

Jeannie B. said...

Beautiful white flowers!!

Paula said...

That is a cool columbine! Thanks for sharing, Paula from idaho