Sunday, May 28, 2006

Columbine Ladies Petticoat

DH took a bag of pine needles to his mother who lives in the city and likes the pine needles for mulch for her acid-loving plants. She sent him back home with 4 of these Columbine that she grew from seed. She said they are called "Ladies Petticoat", presumably because they resemble a petticoat.

They are quite pretty.
I will have to find a place to plant them tomorrow.


  1. These are really unusual! I have some pink and purple columbine, but these ruffly ones are new to me. How nice of your m-in-law to share.

  2. I just had the best time reading your blog!!! I am a novice at this gardening thing. It started at our old house, but this year I have a new home and bare ground! We bought a 1890 Victorian that has nothing in the yard but weeds and grass.

    We are in the process of replacing the wrap around porch right now. I have been mapping out what I would like to do for plantings around the porch. I would like a cottage feel, but would also like to stay somewhat true to the Victorian setting. I can't wait to get in there and start digging!!!

    I will be checking back often. Your pictures and advice are wonderful!

  3. ooh i love those! Have been wanting them, but didn't know what they were called!

  4. I believe they are actually more like the original Aquilegia (Columbines) which were also called 'Granny Bonnets' for obvious reasons. Certainly bonnets or petticoats described them pretty well. Whilst the newer varieties have larger, more open flowers, in a greater colour range, these old-fashioned ones are just so pretty.

    I'm sure you'll find plenty of places to plant them in your woodland garden, where hopefully they will naturalise on their own.

  5. I had never seen these before, they are just so beautiful!! Flowers are so extraordinary aren't many shapes and colours!!

  6. Thanks for the comments, everyone. Yes, they are lovely and my mother-in-law is so sweet and generous with her plants. She has given me at least half of my current garden.

    Welcome Deputyswife. How exciting to have a new Victorian house to landscape. You will have so much fun. By the way, I have been to and enjoyed reading your blog many times. I probably have never left a comment, though. I must have found you through some quilter's blogs...I can't remember. Next time I will have to say "Hi".

  7. Those are great and I know exactly where they can be planted in my yard. I will now be on the hunt for some. Thank you for sharing.

  8. I love delicate columbine and these are beautiful!!


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