By Colleen Fielding Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years,you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.
Such A Beautiful Flower!

This little beauty is from the Columbine Flower Family (can also go by the name Granny’s Bonnet.) 

Columbines grow all across Canada and the United States. In Colorado since 1899 the Columbine Flower also known as the Colorado Blue Columbine is the State flower.

This beautiful bell-shaped, spurred easily grown perennial flower of over 70 species comes in a variety of colors , and they are very fragrant. Although they look very delicate, they are actually a hardy plant. 

They are a favorite for the Hummingbirds, certain Moths, and Bees. The pollinators love them, and this great flower is Deer Resistant!

 Columbines are a good drought plant. If it is not too hot, they can do great in the sun, but they also do well in the shade in well-drained soil, you don’t want the soil to wet as this will cause rot. 

They can be grown in rock gardens easily.

  When grown in the sun they are seem to be a more compact size. While in slight shade they seem to grow taller. This is a plant that will thrive more if you deadhead it (Flowers that are done and faded.)

They can be grown fairly easily from seeds planted in the Spring, continuing their growth from April to July. Their sizes can range from 6 inches to 4 feet tall. making a great variety in your gardens.

I have 4 different colors in my gardens they are such a beautiful accent to the other flowers, they always bring a smile to my face, especially when I see the pollinators enjoying their sweet nectar.

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