Sunday, December 24, 2006

Aquilegia atrata, dark columbine

columbines continued...

The aptly named dark columbine displaying it's deep almost black purple color. An interesting flower for the collector but too brooding and foreboding for my taste.


Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...


Just wanted to say thanks for your work in this blog. I love the dark purple Columbine. Best wishes for the New Year, I will be waiting to see what plants you get this spring.

7:30 AM  
Blogger GirlGoneGardening said...

I think it's beautiful! but then, I love bold things in my garden. The brigher, the bolder, the better!

Have a happy holiday :)

11:49 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

dfp, Thanks for the encouragement. I look forward to seeing your beautiful photos in the upcoming year too. The A. atrata is a brooding flower that needs to be placed with some thought. Would probably look really nice next to a small stream or pond. Unfortunately we just stuck ours under a redbud which does nothing for either plant and another one in with some yellow irises which is a better placement.

I'm glad you like it. It is bold but kinda dark so you need something light to set it off. Happy holidays to you too. Thank for stopping by.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

I like this one the best so far, too! It looks like you are setting it off quite nicely with that yellow-needled conifer and whatever those small yellow and white flowers are.

In fact, I really like the foliage on this one. Is there a 'bine whose foliage particularly strikes you as being particularly garden-worthy?

2:47 PM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

(Just remembered that you can click on the pictures to enlarge and on closer inspection discovered that the yellow and white flowers are iris!)

2:48 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kim,
They are indeed iris. The iris are set back aways so look like miniatures but they are not. I haven't really looked at the foilage very much but they usually are bunched pretty thickly except for the A. canadensis which has an airy look. See the next post. I have a ton of pictures of columbines so I'll keep posting them ad nauseum and you can see if any appeals to you. Shameless way to get you to visit the blog ;)

4:51 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Like I need any more encouragement! :D

6:53 AM  

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