Monthly Archives: May 2017

Of Columbines and Fennel

The garden is in what I call “second spring”—after the crocuses, daffodils, muscari, and tulips, there is the explosion of globe alliums, columbines, and fennel. I never exactly planned this and sometimes in darkest  January all I want is to be able to plan a vegetable garden without having to make allowances for flowering perennials. This year I came close to taking everything out and square-footing it, but I ran out of time. Here are some results of my letting it all stay:

Feathery fennel sets off pink columbine.

Kiwi vine twining around columbine flowerhead.

Aquilegia (columbine) and alliums.