Early May in the garden belongs to the double-flowering columbines.
I’m not sure how I ended up with so many of these fancy, frilly flowers, but I did. One of their common names is "Granny's Nightcaps", and looking at them, I can sort of see that.
I know I originally sowed seeds for Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Tower Blue’, ‘Tower Pink’, and ‘Black Barlow' which are all double flowering and then some. I also let them go to seed once they flowered and then let the seedlings come up in a few places so that I ended up with:
Very light, almost white flowers.
These lovely pale blue flowers.
Some stunning bright blue flowers.
These pretty pink blooms.
And these really dark blooms.
They are members of the Ranunculaceae family of plants. I have lots of plants in this family because Ranunculaceae also includes Delphinium and Clematis, which I have growing in my garden
How many of a type of plant do you need to grow in your garden to consider it "a collection"? Three, five, a dozen? I guess I have a small collection of "Granny's Nightcaps".
But, I don’t consider myself a collector, regardless of how many varieties of a particular type of flower I'm growing in my garden.
I just sometimes follow a theme by focusing in on one type of flower or plant group for awhile, like the spider-type daylilies, and the miniature hostas, and the Clematis with nodding, bell-shaped blooms, and now double-flowering columbine, to name a few.
But I’m not collecting them. I’m just intrigued by them, following a theme.
Yes, I’m just a gardener following some themes, trying to grow some interesting plants, this time in the Ranunculaceae family.