I look at Columbine flowers and they make me smile. They are like little dancers in the garden, poised for anything, including the winds that have been our near-constant companions during the last two months. The first ones to bloom in our gardens are the Aguilegia canadensis "Little Lanterns". The diminutive flowers have red outer petals surrounding a yellow "cup" comprised of petals and holding the stamens and pistils. One of the most distinctive characteristics of the Columbine flower is the "spur". All the 60-70 species in the Aquilegia genus of flowers have spurs. What I did not know is that the spurs are different in shape depending on the flower's primary pollinators. The Little Lanterns are small and challenging to photograph, and this is more of an example than one of my best photographic efforts.
The Little Lanterns and Origami Red and White remind me of a sea creature like a squid in their bud stages, with the spurs almost propelling the flower forward.
Here is the Origami in bloom.
When purchasing a "pot luck" variety of Columbine, like McKana Giant Hybrids, one never knows what the flower color will be. This first example falls in the broad coral color category. The inner flowers are a delicate cream color while the stamens and pistils are bright yellow.
The next three McKana Giant images show red sepals with a yellow cup formed by what are termed "blades".
No blue Columbine flowers yet from the group of five I planted last year. They are the Aguilegia caerules, which also happens to be the Colorado state flower. They can be seen along streams in the mountains of northern New Mexico as well.
Thank you Suz, Steve, Catherine, Ingrid, Greg C., Barbara, and Lawrence for commenting this week. I hope you are enjoying nature in whatever season you find yourself!
until next Monday,
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