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Re: weather - columbines


Auralie, I have spurred types, granny's bonnets, and doubles with no spurs
like Nora Barlow and Irish Elegance.
Kitty
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2004 7:29 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] weather


> In a message dated 05/13/2004 6:25:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> mhobertm@excite.com writes:
>
> > Yesterday I discovered a new (for my garden)color of columbine growing
> > behind some other plants...a beautiful lavender color. All my others are
> > peachy-orange colored. A kindly bird must have seeded it there...I'm so
> > happy...I just love this plant. I bought a deeper purple one last week
> > and it is doing well. Now if I could just find a pink one somewhere, I'd
> > be real happy!
>
> Melody, let them reseed for a while and you'll probably have a pink one
too.
> The new lavender one is probably a hybrid or a throw-back.  Many years ago
I
> had a lovely double upfacing columbine from Parks called Fairy something.
> They haven't offered it for years and I've never seen it anywhere else.  I
still
> have a couple of plants of it, but it has hybridized with the native A.
> canadensis and I have dozens of different colors and sizes and shapes.
Each year I
> let them bloom and the ones I don't like - muddy colors, too tall, or
> whatever, I pull out before they go to seed.  I know it's not a very neat
way to
> garden, but I love seeing what comes.   It seems to me that the ultimate
color most
> columbines revert to is a rather dull dark blue.  Did you know that the
> long-spurred columbines all have North American native genes?  The
European
> columbines have short, hooked spurs.  Most that are offered commercially
are hybrids
> between the two, but High Country Gardens offers an absolutely stunning
yellow
> long-spurred native.
> Auralie
>
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