Collective noun: a persistence of plants? a constancy of columbine?

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I’ve lived here for years and years, and never planted an aquilegia, yet they still pop up.

Mostly they have interbred themselves back towards a small, modest flower like their wild columbine ancestor.

Occasionally, however, we get something like this:

Or even like this, with a ravishing millinery of  fluting and goffering on the outside:

and some wonderful plications inside:

Now that’s what I call a bonnet any granny would be proud of.

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  1. People rave about the flowers on the downs above the Avon Gorge, but in the 18th nd 19th centuries visitors to the area, either from the Hotwell spa or later for the scenery alone, often scattered wildflower seeds, so there is no way of knowiing what the original flora was.

  2. This reminds me of the hollyhocks my grandmother used to grow (actually they grew themselves – she just allowed them an undisturbed area along the side of the house to grow and blossom and drop their seeds). Most years they would be single flowers in various colors, but from time to time they burst forth with all sorts of gorgeous double-flowered elaborations.

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