So, Blogosphere. Please disabuse me of a misconception I (think I) have. Pictured here are the descendants of some hybrid columbines that I grew from seed some ten years ago or so; they made it into one of two buckets of perennials that I brought down from my Minnesota garden. Is it true that Aquilegia vulgaris, the European columbine, lacks the long “tails” that you see on these, and that they lack them because Europe does not have hummingbirds? If so, then I am going to have to revisit my Euro-idolatry.
My favorite columbines are the wild ones native to this country: Aquilegia canadensis and A. caerulia, or “tall reddish stringy one that self-seeds” and “beautiful low blue one I can’t grow for my life.”