All Things Gardening forum: Sharing what I saw........Columbines

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Apr 9, 2013 6:52 AM CST
I get a lot of pleasure from visiting gardens, independent nurseries, and the garden centers at the big box stores. It's so enjoyable to see the wide variety of plant material available. I've realized that I can't grow everything in my own garden so can appreciate it in friends gardens and nurseries. Here are some Columbines I saw yesterday.





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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 9, 2013 11:15 AM CST
Paul, thank you for visiting the nurseries and taking great pictures to share! They are beautiful! I love columbines.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Apr 9, 2013 11:20 AM CST
My pleasure.......
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 9, 2013 11:23 AM CST
My columbines aren't even budded yet, but I have several varieties and I planted about a dozen more varieties last fall. Sadly, they have not germinated yet, but I'm just keeping them moist and hoping!!!
Name: Susie
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4susiesjoy
Apr 9, 2013 2:14 PM CST
Arlene, did you plant them inside or out? The seeds germinate a lot better with a period of cold.
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Apr 9, 2013 4:40 PM CST
Paul, all are beautiful!! I love Columbines and I sure would love to have the one in the last photo, so pretty. Lovey dubby
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Apr 9, 2013 5:45 PM CST
Thanks Margaret...
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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abhege
Apr 9, 2013 6:21 PM CST
Sue, I planted outside last fall. Ground is pretty crusty so that could be a problem. I'm trying to keep it moist and I scratched in a bit of perlite and peat to see if that helps.
Name: Susie
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4susiesjoy
Apr 9, 2013 7:42 PM CST
Arlene, I bet they'll show up soon. Smiling
Paul, beautiful pictures! Columbines are so cheerful! I like the blue ones too. Lovey dubby
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ge1836
Apr 10, 2013 4:42 AM CST
WOW Paul.
I just planted Bluebird andMcKennas mix last summer.Waiting for beauty here.
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CarolineScott
Apr 10, 2013 10:33 AM CST
Those are all in a greenhouse? Or are they that far along in Utah???
I sowed several kinds last fall, but won't see seedlings for awhile here.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Apr 10, 2013 10:36 AM CST
They are at the garden center at Home Depot. They have been raised in a green house I'm certain and will be out of bloom long before the ones in the gardens here bloom. Nice to see them though.
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CindiKS
Apr 12, 2013 8:35 AM CST
Paul, I do the same thing. If it's a dreary day, or just a bad day for any reason, I love to go to a greenhouse and just soak up the color. I can feel my muscles relax, and joy filling my body as I walk down aisles of blooming plants. In the midst of an icestorm here this week, a nursery near me got in a shipment of annuals. They had to bring them all indoors and the color explosion was incredible. Bright and wild zinnias, gerberas, snapdragons, pansies, petunias looked like tables full of smiling faces.
Our HD had the songbird columbines also, and they are a good buy this year. A few years ago, that series was fairly expensive. Is the red one named Cardinal? It's my favorite. I had one under a pink flowering crabapple. Lovey dubby
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Apr 12, 2013 9:03 AM CST
The plants were just labeled Columbine but now you mention it I bet they are the Songbird series. I enjoy the smell of the air and the humidity, Great on winter days. Now it is spring I need to go to see what they have in new.
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Apr 12, 2013 9:19 AM CST
I wish I lived closer to the nursery, of course that could prove to be expensive. Hilarious!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 12, 2013 6:37 PM CST
Margaret, it would be rather expensive. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing But just think of it as less than paying for psychotherapy for depression. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I actually have a lot of Songbird Cardinals coming up and some from last year as well. And finally it looks like a couple of the other varieties are starting to germinate. It will be a long wait to see what is what though because when I scratched in the perlite, no doubt I mixed up the seeds. Hilarious!
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Apr 12, 2013 11:02 PM CST
Arlene, don't forget to post photos when they start blooming.

My sister gave me a few seeds of an all blue, she doesn't know what variety it is, she doesn't do a lot of gardening. I just started my seeds the other day, kind off late, I've been a bit lazy this year. nodding
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 13, 2013 12:39 PM CST
I will take photos.

I used to have a lot of columbines from my mother and they always reseeded but somehow they just dwindled out so I am trying to build them back up. I have a really pretty white one that has huge blossoms
Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Apr 13, 2013 12:48 PM CST
I don't have white, it sounds lovely.

I always make sure that I take a few pods and sprinkle the seeds around the mother plant, it's easy to pull up the stray babies.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Apr 13, 2013 8:03 PM CST
I can save you some seeds this year if you'd like? Just remind me later, you know, senior moments. Hilarious!

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