Monday, May 07, 2007

Columbine 'Winky mix' and our earliest in ground columbine

We were wandering around HomeDepot because we were in the area and saw this interesting looking columbine and bought it. The tag says that it's a 'Winky mix' but no other description. I don't like to buy things from HD because of the incident I had trying to return extra unopened boxes of grout which they were going to charge me a restocking fee for even after we bought thousands of dollars worth of tile and underlayment but that's another story. Anyway the flowers were too nice to pass up. I also noticed many more varieties of 'Nora Barlow' with different color combinations I never saw before.

This very pale yellow columbine was the first one in our yard to flower. Again I don't know the name of it (possibly Aquilegia vulgaris, the European columbine) it's not very tall but a very prolific bloomer.


Blogger Kate said...


The Winky mix is really pretty... I like the pale yellow ones as well. It looks really happy in your garden.

My Hepaticas are almost finished blooming ... I noticed a baby heapatica growing near the largest one. Will take a pic.

The Lewisia should be blooming any day now. I had two of them growing last year, but one rotted. I am hoping that I find a replacement, although it is sometimes hard to find them.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kate, the columbines really do well in our yard. I think they have been about the most successful plant we have with abundant and a long span of bloom time.

Only one of our three Hepaticas bloomed and with a tiny, tiny white flower at that! My wife exclaimed, 'you bought it for that!' pointing at the tiny solitary flower. :)

The Lewisia I ordered still hasn't arrived. It's bundled with an order with an Exochorda shrub that the nursery said broke dormancy in the early warm weather then all the new growth died with the ensuing frosts and snow. They are waiting to see if it will send out new growth before they send it to me, hopefully with the Lewisia. I bought it from Avant Gardens nursery. I look forward to seeing yours in bloom.

3:58 AM  
Blogger Kylee said...

I have Winky blue and I'm waiting for it to bloom right now. I got it last summer and it was already past its bloom time then, so this will be the first it's bloomed in my garden.

10:20 PM  
Blogger Gotta Garden said...

Don't you just love columbines! Now, if I could just keep the leaf miners out/off of mine. I bought a long spurred yellow this year from HD! Several years ago, I had one and liked it very much. It had severe leaf miners and so I cut it back...and that was that. So, now I'm leery of that sage advice. I have some variegated ones...they hide the leaf miners! Anyway, I do enjoy looking at yours!

5:13 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kylee, I have not heard nor seen the winky hybrids until last weekend. Please post a pic when your blue blooms. How exciting is that? I guess columbines are getting more popular because of their hardiness and self seeding nature although I'm not sure if these winkys will make seed if they're hybrids. I sure see a lot more of them for sale each year.

Hi Gotta, We use to have leaf miners disfiguring the leaves but for some reason we don't have that problem any more. Maybe we have a natural enemy because I don't use any kind of insecticidal spray on the plants. I did see a lot of the yellow ones at HD. Unfortunate advice that made you cut back the leaves severely enough to kill the plant. Lots of well intentioned but bad information out there.

4:46 PM  

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