It’s easy to beat oneself up this time of the year about all the tasks that still haven’t been done yet. I’m trying hard to do what I can and accept that it’s impossible to pull all the weeds at once. And at the same time, just enjoy the beauty of the new flowers and how some plants have grown.
Yes, there are weeds in this bed.
The copper leaves of this Canyon Creek Abelia (Abelia grandiflora ‘Canyon Creek’) stand out in the spring. However in this location, most of the year, the plants around it crowd out its color. The flowers are tiny pale pink or whitish and are inconsequential to the overall look.
Hooray, the Columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha A.Gray) has started to bloom. The word columbine comes from the Latin for dove, referring to the flowers resemblance to a cluster of 5 doves. Can’t really see it myself, but someone did.
I remember the first time I saw this plant. About 15 years ago a group of friends were visiting Fredericksberg and walking to a restaurant. A bank of Columbine was swaying in the wind. One of my friends knew what they were. It wasn’t until we moved to this location that I had room for them.
They enjoy morning sun and afternoon shade. Who doesn’t in Central Texas?
Yellow or Golden Columbine is a spring bloomer that is hardy with beautiful green leaves after the flowers are gone and is a very reliable perennial. Their airy, bright color and interesting flowers and foliage make them a plus in the landscape.
“I would rather sit on the tailgate of a pickup and watch a bonfire than go to a mall, any day.” unknown