The aquilegias are now out in full flower, making a lovely splash of colour.
Also known as granny bonnets or columbines, they self-seed and come up all over our garden every year. The fallen spurs of the flower are said to resemble the Virgin Mary’s shoes, which were worn on her visits to see her cousin Elizabeth. According to legend, Mary’s shoes caused the columbine flower to spring up beneath her, symbolizing her innocence. The fallen petals also resembled tiny doves, which are a symbol of the Holy Spirit, and the seven petals of the cultivated columbine flower represent the Holy Spirit’s seven gifts.
was said to spring from shoes divine.”