Trying hard to get all misty-eyed about my columbines, but the truth is, I don’t really like the huge McKana Giant Hybrids ones, which is now just about all of them.
They’re swoopy and everything, but just a little too “blah, blah, look at me.”
I like the red/yellow ones quite a bit more, despite not really liking yellow:
I liked it more last year, when I had just the red/yellow ones alone (above, with Lady’s Mantle’s chartreuse flowers). But who wants to go to the trouble of ripping out all the “wrong” columbines and starting over trying to find more of the “right” ones?
I can’t even count on it to self-seed, as promiscuous as this plant is, because the seedlings could turn out any colour and style.
I also like the purple ones in the backyard. I hope they will spread (and not interbreed!) so I get more of them next year!
If the columbines continue to not do what I want, then next year is the year I rip them all out and fill the bed with astilbe. Its foliage doesn’t get leaf miner damage, either.
Here’s a foliage-only combo I’m loving… so cool, so refreshing… toad lily with “White Nancy” lamium, all tangled up with few fading daffodil leaves:
Ted just called; he has to start work at 7:30 tomorrow morning. Gack. :-(((