May 09 2012

Wild Columbine

Published by at 6:30 am under Plants

The big splash of spring wildflowers is over but there are some treats out there if you know where to look.

Last weekend Dianne Machesney visited the Butler-Freeport Trail and found wild columbine blooming.  It’s also blooming at the Magee Marsh boardwalk in northwestern Ohio, the first time I’ve ever seen it there.

The hot weather in March put the plants ahead of schedule in Ohio just as they are here. Maybe I’ve finally seen what Magee Marsh vegetation looks like just after the warblers — and birders — are gone.

(photo by Dianne Machesney)

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5 Responses to “Wild Columbine”

  1. Nancy Underwoodon 09 May 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  2. kcon 09 May 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Visual treats for us equal sustenance for hummingbirds!
    They often dine at the Wild Columbine Cafe.

  3. Melissa Rohmon 11 May 2012 at 8:58 am


    I heard people talking at Magee Marsh that they had recently planted those columbines and the wild geraniums, so I don’t think we missed them on previous years.

    Can’t believe what we did miss though–the Kirtland’s. UGH.

  4. Kate St. Johnon 11 May 2012 at 9:06 am

    Aha! That explains why all the columbines were right next to the boardwalk. They must have dropped the seeds over the railings.

  5. Margeon 14 May 2012 at 11:36 am

    I planted one in my yard after seeing how lovely they looked in Marcy’s yard and this year they came up large and thriving!! Love ’em! Thanks for sharing.

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