Sunday, January 21, 2007

Columbines continued & froggy sees the first snow




It was brought to my attention by several readers that the photo is not of a columbine. After looking at it more carefully it is indeed not a columbine but a Delphinium. How embarrassing. No wonder I didn't know the name of it! That should have been a clue. I did a google image search and it's a Delphinium grandiflora Butterfly blue. A beautiful blue, one to rival the Meconopsis betoniciflolia poppy.
Here are several photos of it on the Naturehills website.
That will teach me to look at the photo more closely before posting. I sorted pictures in the photo album using thumbnails and didn't view it full screen before posting thus the erroneous plant was featured.
Senility is setting in earlier than anticipated.
Thanks to those who caught the error.

columbines contd.

I don't know the name of this columbine but it's one of my favorites. The blue is very blue and is not exaggerated in the photo. And froggy saw it's first snow this weekend. We're finally seeing some winter weather but some of the plants persist in putting out buds.

8 Comments:

Blogger Annie in Austin said...

So few flowers bloom that blue! In the photo they resemble Connecticut Yankee Delphinium. Very nice. I hope these beauties make seedlings for you.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

12:45 PM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

This color is so wonderful! I was looking at the photo and I know this sounds nuts, but they kinda remind me of larkspur. Especially the three to the far left...if you look closely you can see (what looks like) a bunny head in the center of the flower...giving larkspur it's old fashioned name "Bunny in a Basket". Well, I am probably just suffering from a case of "when WILL spring be here??"!! Lol!

1:31 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Those do look like delphiniums.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Annie in Austin, Gotta garden and Jenn all of you have sharp eyes. It is not a columbine. How embarrasing. That will teach me to look at the photos in full screen view and not as a snapshot. The the deeply incised leaves are the real give away. I thought delphiniums had rounded leaves and the larkspur Consolida, is an annual but this plant is a perennial which dutifully appears every year so I was a bit confused. Did a google image search and it's a Delphinium grandiflora Butterfly blue.
Here are several photos of it on the Naturehills website.
http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.naturehills.com/product_images/otherimages/delphinium_butterfly_blue_3.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.naturehills.com/new/product/perennialsdetails.aspx%3Fprodid%3D1390&h=250&w=167&sz=19&hl=en&start=26&tbnid=ezMVF4qPdvuRUM:&tbnh=111&tbnw=74&prev=/images%3Fq%3Ddelphinium%26start%3D20%26ndsp%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DN
Thanks for catching the error!
Humbled in my dotage.

4:20 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Ki, I was really hoping that you'd somehow found a columbine in that color - so I could try to grow it!
They're all ranunculaceae, anyhow, a family with so many loveable and covet-worthy beauties.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose
[if dotage is measured in how many times I have to enter the letters as they are shown in the image, I'm headed there!]

8:56 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Annie, I'm sort of disappointed too that it wasn't a columbine. But what am I saying? We have the plant ... a Delphinium. Isn't that enough? Auwe, as the ancient Hawaiians exclaimed, I must be getting soft in the head.
That's a funny quote on dotage.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

Lucky you, ki! Delphiniums hate our hot summers down here, so we must grow their lowly annual relative, larkspur (and it doesn't come in that wonderful color!). Enjoy that spectacular color...year after year!

"What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers." Martina Horner

6:41 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

gotta garden,
I'll trade gardenias for delphiniums any day...well maybe not but would love to have both. Yep, keep flexible.

6:53 AM  

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