I’m loving the masses of color overflowing from the raised bed near the chicken mansion. The red avens or Geum chiloense ‘Mrs. Bradshaw’ offer bright and cheerful blooms. I started these easy perennials last year from one seed packet. On the right, columbine or Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Black Barlow’ grow even more stately. Filling out the bed are the Rainier cherry tree, artichoke plants, a ‘Claire Austin’ English rose, and a few dahlias just beginning to shoot up. The geum and columbine are certainly the spring stars and are also scattered in other perennial beds. Both make great additions to bouquets.