Aquilegia vulgaris

Aquilegia vulgaris

Queen of the garden

Stands above her realm below

Reigning in glory

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Aquilegia vulgaris is commonly called European Columbine, or “Granny’s Bonnets”.

Aquilegia is from the Latin word for eagle – aquila – because the petals are supposed to resemble the claw of an eagle. Columbine is from the Latin for pigeon – columba… Why, I don’t know!

Personally I like the name Granny’s Bonnets best, as it describes the flower heads of this plant so well!

Dreamy Blues

Forget-me-not (Myosotis)

I have noticed recently just how many different blues there are in my garden. Not only the shades, but somehow the texture. Suede, silk, paper, wax…

Common Bugle (Ajuga reptans)

Bird’s-eye Speedwell  (Veronica chamaedrys)

Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla)

The flowers are very similar to Myosotis, but the leaves are quite different.

Blue pulmonaria/Lungwort/Jerusalem cowslip (Pulmonaria angustifolia “Blue Ensign”)

Iris

All of these flowers are in bloom at the moment… some in the “uncultivated” part of the garden!