Gifts at home

Our native columbines are now in full flower. Remarkable. They seem to be on steroids after our warm winter. It’s a short-lived perennial, so these must be towards the last of their resources?  We’ve never seen such tall flowering stalks before.  Last year’s flower suffered from aphid infestations, so it’s a gift to have lovely plants now.

We had brought seeds from our Clemson garden, sprinkled them around, and now have lots of columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) in various parts of the garden, especially this side front area, which is planted with a variety of natives.