Tuesday, June 15, 2010

THE COLOUR OF COLUMBINE

Oh the Columbine, small in stature and seeming to have less impact in a garden than most flowers, but nonetheless, it is a flower that should never be overlooked.  It's beautiful, delicate, star shaped face that carries the colours of the rainbow in it's petite petals, and having a gentle, meditated movement when it sways its small face in the soft winds.  By all accounts, it is completely glorious in its own right.  

Did you know that they were able to trace the Columbine as far back as the 11th Century where it was used as an aphrodisiac.  It was even dedicated to Freya, the Norse Patron Goddess of Love and Fertility, and at one time it was even considered highly inappropriate to give a young woman a bouquet of Columbine due to its sexual connotations.

One thing I do know, it reminds me of something I read several months ago:  "A flower's appeal is in its contradictions - so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect."  ~Terri Guillemets

 


This is my second time participating in Outdoor Wednesday and I want to thank 
asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com for hosting same and allowing my participation.

I hope your week is filled with all the colours of the rainbow.

Until Next Time.
Smooches Pooches

21 comments:

  1. Your columbine are very pretty, but whatever the blue flower in your header is, what a spectacular photo-love it!

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  2. I once had Columbine growing in my garden and thought it was such a pretty and interesting little flower. Yours are gorgeous!

    I have so enjoyed perusing several of your posts! Sweet place you have here!

    Kindly, ldh

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  3. Those are beautiful flowers, and really lovely photos of them. Thanks for sharing!
    Drop by and say hello sometime!
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  4. Stunning photos. I have never grown those.

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  5. You just reminded me that I once had columbine too. Wonder where it went! My Mom always had it in her gardens. Great story about the flower and spectacular photos!!

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  6. Hello there
    My Columbine (known here as Aquilegia) seem to come and go. They stop flowering in one spot (could be due to the drought) and reappear somewhere else - self seeding is a mystery 'cose you never know where they will pop up next time
    Thanks for the info on the Hollyhock - I always thought they had wider rounder flowers, depends on the plant I suppose
    BTW how are you going with Pride and Predjudice? I reread it last year and forgot how 'quaint' it was. Read it last in school and had to read carefully this time to understand the suggestions and meanings behind the words - no teacher there to explain them lol
    Take care
    Cathy

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  7. Whenever I think of columbines I think of "Hamlet" and of poor old Ophelia just before she meets her watery death. I never knew they were so pretty and colourful!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  8. Your header is simply divine!
    Joyce M

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  9. Your columbine is beautiful, I love all the colors. BTW, your header is gorgeous!

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  10. Very interesting info and gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing:)

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  11. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I don't think I have ever seen a columbine in bloom as I live in Florida, but I think they are exquisite. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  12. If you are growing these in your garden, I applaud you! I planted seeds three years ago and two grew, only one came back this year and "It Flowered".. it's pure white and so beautiful... I'm planting more seeds in colors!
    I just love yours!
    Sandy
    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

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  13. I love your header. I also like your profile blurb on your sidebar. I did not know that about the Columbine. Thank you for sharing it with us. I love that quote. It is so very true.

    ~ Tracy

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  14. The columbine photos are beautiful!

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  15. The aquilegias are awesome! They are one of my favorites.

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  16. Your columbines are gorgeous! I haven't had much luck with them in NC, but in VA they were beautiful and reliable.
    Thanks for visiting my blog, I love comments!

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  17. They are so beautiful, they must be in New Zealand, I must look out for it.

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  18. How pretty. I love columbine and have a couple.

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  19. Very beautiful pics ! I have some columbine in my garden . I did not know it's history , very interesting .
    Blessings,
    ~Myrna

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