When we moved in here and the garden was a weed-strewn wasteland, two plants bloomed that first summer. They were both columbines and their sudden appearance that June took us by surprise as, well… we hadn’t expected anything that flowered and wasn’t a weed to be out there. I figured that they must be hardy as they were pretty and that autumn, I collected the seeds. I’m growing a bunch of them now and have been giving the baby plants away.
One of the original columbines is stuck at the bottom of the garden behind the shed, so it’s difficult to spot. I have brought some of the flowers indoors so that we can enjoy them for a while, rain or shine.