• May 30, 2024

Columbine, the perfect but tough garden nomad

If you take a look in the English gardens in the spring, you will often encounter the Aquilegia vulgaris or Columbine. Our neighbors on the island across the Channel love this spring bloomer. Dar is not surprising because they are beautiful garden plants that can self-seed and keep popping up in different places. The Akelei is not called a nomad for nothing. The wild form of the plant always has dark blue flowers and is still found sporadically in our country and Belgium. In the Ardennes and very rarely in Limburg it is still possible to find a real wild Columbine. In other parts, ‘wild’ Columbines’ are escaped garden plants.

Sow and plant out
The Akelei only flowers a year after sowing and is not hardy. The easiest way is to sow them out in summer in a breeding box or pots. The strongest specimens can then be planted out in early autumn. There is a good chance that you will flower in the spring. The Columbine is not picky when it comes to soil. Ordinary garden soil is good enough, a little sandy is fine and if the soil is rich in humus, the Columbine is immediately in its element. The Akelei is also not really demanding on other points. Because this nomad can self-sow, it is clear what the preferred location is. If the Columbine has a choice, it takes a place where the sun shines in the morning, but where there is shade in the heat of the day. It is therefore recommended to plant the plant immediately in a popular place.

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