Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Columbine Time

It's columbine time again, or aquilegias/ grannies bonnets if you prefer.  I've seen some lovely ones round blogland so thought I'd share some pictures of mine again.  They have such a dainty cottage charm about them and are so varied and easy to grow.









I'm not sure if the blue ones came from a seed swap I did with Elaine last year.  I sprinkled some of the seed directly in part of the garden away from the others and sowed some in pots.  The potted ones have made nice healthy plants, but with no sign of flowers yet.  Is that normal?  I didn't think they were biennial.

The chive are all opening now too and looking pretty



And the lilac is smelling beautiful.  I always want to bring some indoors, but my Nan used to say it was bad luck, so a vase on the table outside is a compromise!  No idea where the superstition came from, and it annoys me that it's still in my mind, but I can't make myself ignore it.  How silly!


Any superstitions you still stick by, even though they make no sense?

xxx

28 comments:

  1. Such Very very Lovely flowers. The Lilac bouquet is very beautiful. Hugs Judy

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  2. Whatever name we may call them, I just love Aquilegia. They're so intricate and dainty. That white one is stunning and the pale pink and white equally so! Those chive flowers are such fun and colourful and the white lilac (banished to the garden because of superstition!) is gorgeous as it catches the light!

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  3. Your pictures are all so pretty!! I have seen pics of Aquilegia on blogland and I would love to grow some in my garden too. I know what you mean about being annoyed with yourself for being superstitious, I have many I fight to ignore - I wish I could be more rational

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  4. I adore aquilegia, I sowed some last autumn but no flowers yet, your photos are beautiful !!!!
    Love the little lilac posy too, I've never heard of that superstition but I do know what you mean about things like this niggling at you. :)
    V xxx

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  5. The pale pink is lovely - picture 4 and the white a really unusual shape!

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  6. We call it granny's bonnet! Beautiful pictures but I'm afraid I can't resist taking lilac indoors - I always try to have a sprig in a little posy vase in the bathroom. There appear to be quite a few flowers that have that superstition attached (I mentioned it about cow parsley recently) but 'it's never done me any harm!' (oh no I'm worried I've jinxed it now!) Jane x

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  7. I, too, love aquilegias. I just sprinkle the dried seed heads over the garden when it's time to cut them back and they just sprout up.

    I was always told not to bring the white lilac indoors and I've never done so. I know it's only superstition but I don't like to chance fate. I also always throw a little salt over my shoulder if I spill any, to get the devil in the eye. How stupid is that:)

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  8. Your photographs are exquisite! I adore columbines. As a child we had a beautiful storybook about two columbine elves. One was blond and dressed in pink and was the sunlight elf, the other was pale in complexion and wore black and would awake at night only. The story is about how a naughty bumble bee mixed their pollen drinks and reversed their sleeping times causing havoc. I loved that story; it was so poetic.

    Stephanie

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  9. Im so glad I live in a world where flowers exist, each one is beautiful, each one different, sometimes I just look at them and am amazed! Awe and wonder, your photos have summed it up perfectly! :) x

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  10. Lovely photos, we have Columbine in the rockery but we have never planted it and I hadn't seen it before last year. My nan lives by lots of superstitions but I don't follow any! The one I always remember, is that she can't wash clothes on New Year's Day as it washes someone out of the family.

    http://thisdaytodaylife.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Interesting, I've never heard of that one! xx

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  11. What fabulous photos. It's all about columbines here too. Did you know they are called columbines because the latin for dove is columba? If you look at them from above they look like clusters of doves about to fly off -particularly the sort in your first picture.

    I've not heard about lilac and bad luck but it is definitely bad luck to bring may(hawthorn) indoors.

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  12. Preciosas fotos! a cual más bonita.
    Muchos saludos!

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  13. Lovely pictures! I used to have some Columbine that I brought from my mom's place, but they seem to have died off. I loved those things!

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  14. Always such stunning pictures on here. I hadnt realsied that columbine was what I knew as aquilegia! I adore lilac and had a double headed white tree in my previous garden which was a joy when it flowered.
    Two interesting links on superstitions here
    http://www.countrylife.co.uk/countryside/article/310820/Country-superstitions-true-or-false-.html
    and
    http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070427035733AAvOTyh
    and this link made me chuckle no end!!
    http://www.inyourpocket.com/russia/st-petersburg/Russian-superstitions_71055f
    (infact I now will be off lilac tree spotting and petal counting this wknd!!)

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    1. Thank you for those links, the lilac thing makes more sense now! I don't know about it being hard to grow, ours sends out suckers everywhere! Funny how many of the Russian ones are the same here.

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  15. I bought some aquilegia for 50p from the "almost dead" table at a National Trust property 2 years ago. I planted them immediately and kept a good eye on them. They didn't grow last year so I thought I'd wasted my 50p but this year they are totally amazing so maybe they need 2 years to come to themselves?

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  16. Your aquilegia are such pretty colours. My Mom would never cut the lilac and bring it indoors either saying it was bad luck, but would always give us armfuls of blooms to take into school for the May Festival. I'd love to know where the superstition comes from. Sarah x

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    1. It used to put in coffins to mask the smell apparently! Learn something new every day :) xx

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  17. Lovely photos of some beautiful aquilegias. I agree, they do have a dainty cottage charm - they are a perfect cottage garden flower. I didn't know that about the lilac superstition and the coffins; that's fascinating. Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm glad because it led me here.

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  18. Stunning photos S. They are such pretty flowers. I love Lilac, reminds me of my childhood as we had lots of Lilac trees in the garden and they smell wonderful. We used to bring it indoors all the time. However, the one flower that none of us took indoors were the flowers from the May tree as that was supposed to be very unlucky. As you say, where do these superstitions come from?
    Patricia x

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  19. My garden is full of Aquilegia at the moment. The seeds you sent me are doing ok - it looks like we will both have to wait till next year to see what colours emerge. Like Patricia we never brought May blossom inside - superstition, yes - but it also stinks to high heaven. lol.

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  20. Our garden is also full of aquilegia at the moment and they provide so much colour at this time of year and also flower for quite a few weeks - I love them. I'm like you and won't bring lilac in the house, that is a great idea of having it in a vase outside!
    Sarah x

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  21. I have lots of columbine in the garden, it seems to be the only flower I can grow successfully! And I've had a vase of flowers on the kitchen table this week, hopefully no bad luck! It does look and smell so pretty.

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  22. Stunning flowers, the best I've seen! Your photography skills are amazing! Chrissie x

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  23. I adore columbines, and your photos are stunning! I was so pleased when I came home after a week away to find lots of columbines flowering in our garden....such a pleasure to see!
    Have a great weekend.
    Helen x

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  24. I've got lots of Aquilegias in my garden too and can't get enough of them, such range of colours and shapes and lovely to see all of yours. I'm going to get my camera out now and take some pictures of mine.

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  25. Gorgeous flowers and beautiful photos! I've just planted columbine seeds (winter here) and hope they grow.

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