Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Getting it right ...Aquilegia Alpina

"Blue columbine"

"Columbine with Kalmia"

Columbines cont'd.
This columbine is probably Aquilegia Alpina the Alpine Columbine.

Let's see if I can't get it right this time. This is as close a blue in a columbine as we have to the Delphinium Butterfly Blue. I guess the previously posted A. caerula Blue or Rocky Mountain columbine comes close too but not the beautiful sky blue of the D. Butterfly Blue.

I haven't been successful in captioning my photos using Blogger. I looked up how to add captions and the html examples given were: "Here's an example of two photos with captions (in quotes for easy recognition):

SRC=' http://localhost:3083/image2408.jpg?size=400' border=0 alt=''
style='display:block;margin 0px auto 10px; cursor:hand; text-align:center'>

"Beautiful Waterfall

SRC=' http://localhost:3083/image2407.jpg?size=400' border=0 alt=''
style='display:block;margin 0px auto 10px; cursor:hand; text-align:center'>

"Mystery Lake"

But I found that just typing in the caption just above the html of the photo puts it at the top of the picture. I wanted to put the caption below the picture but if I do it in html the caption appears at the top of the next photo instead. Oh well, no big deal, I'll stumble on the solution one of these days.

Rats! After I published the blog I noticed the captions were not where I put them as shown in the preview.


Blogger Jennifer said...

Blogger is in the middle of a bumpy phase right now. Pretty sure if you wait a few weeks and try again, your captions will be working.

(in other words, I suspect it's THEM and not YOU! Faith!)

9:03 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence Jennifer but I'm pretty clueless when it comes to html so it could definitely be me. I'll keep trying periodically and stumble on some solution as I usually do. Trouble is I usually don't remember what I did to make it happen so the next time I need to do it I have to go through the same process of trial and error again.

10:10 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This makes me impatient for Spring!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Sandy, Indeed, can't wait for Spring as we've planted a bunch of stuff, mainly roots and rhizomes that hopefully will issue forth. Also have ordered many smaller plants from online nurseries for Spring delivery. Like Christmas again.

I'm posting these columbine photos now because I didn't have time to do so when they were blooming. Barely had the time to take the pictures.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

Those Blue Columbines look great. I think I might try growing them this year. Last year I tried to direct sow some William Guiness but nothing ever came up. I guess I should spring for some plants this time.

Blogger was down for a while today. Maybe try posting the waterfall and the lake again tomorrow.


8:03 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Those are the most beautiful color of Columbine that I have ever seen. I have some blue and white ones, which I love, but those are just spectacular and would look fabulous in my gardens! Thank you for showing them.

5:07 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Anthony and Angie,

I'm sorry I don't know the name of the blue columbine. It has downfacing flowers so it's difficult to see if it has a white throat but I don't think so. The downfacing flowers makes me think that it is an older variety. Most of the newer ones are bred for up facing blooms so it's easier to see the usually contrasting throat.

I believe we bought it from a nursery run by an old eccentric. He would grow thousands of plants from seed which he sold cheaply (69 cents when we first went)in tiny pots. He's since passed on and the nursery is now closed but we miss going there to see him and the large variety of perennials he offered.

Thanks for stopping by.

5:59 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Angie and Anthony,
The columbine is probably Aquilegia Alpina the Alpine columbine. It's described as siminlar to A. caerulea the Rocky Mountain columbine but it has usually all blue flowers. I saw someone on Ebay selling them but you could probably find them at your local nurseries or on-line.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

Love them! In one area I have some that have, over the years, produced a different sort of purple/blue and last year a pale whitish/pink...still like their original color, but enjoy seeing their progeny as well.

Sigh, misery does love company. I'm sorry for your problems; however, I, too, have issues with posting pictures, captions, name it! I'm sure it is me as I know nothing! I will await your solutions...please post ignorant minds will benefit!

I have a couple of varigated columbines that have started to seed themselves around...the leaves are quite lovely...remind me, if you want, and I will see about collecting seeds for you this year.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi gotta garden,
It seems your columbine have hybridized and self seeded. For some reason the ones we have either don't produce viable seeds because we don't seem to have new plants. I could be mistaken but the old ones just keep coming up every year and have retained their original colors.

I'll stumble on and if I find solutions to webpage problems I will definitely post them. Of course that would mean I actually know or remember what I did which I usually don't.

Thanks for the kind offer to collect seeds. I can barely manage to plant the few seeds we buy, crystal palace lobelia, tomatoes etc. but this year I optimistically bought a bunch of seed so we'll see if I really get around to planting them.

5:12 AM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

Columbine are quite wanton, lol! They are usually thought of as short lived perennials, so the seedlings are most least to me! I've even found them (seedlings) in the boxes on my deck (last year) happily coming up among the amaryllis and the daylily seedlings!

I have a lot of trouble with leaf miners. I know you're supposed to cut them to the ground and they will spring out new growth...but so far, at least, I just endure the ugly leaves...maybe this year I will take action!

8:19 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

gotta garden,
Wow you must have fecund columbines. Ours don't do much other than come up every year which is fine with me. I don't cut them back either and only do a general clean up in Spring and they seem to do well. No trouble with leaf miners but I heard something about them recently...I think about a deficiency of some sort in your soil? I'll have to look it up and let you know.

6:49 AM  

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