For the longest time, I’ve wanted a nice yellow columbine in my garden. I saw one at a garden center a few weeks ago and almost bought it, but then I reminded myself that with all the changes I’ve planned for my garden this year, this is not the best time to be buying new plants. So I passed it up.
I know! One of the rules of the gardening geekdom is never pass up a plant that you really, really love for silly reasons like you have no place to put it, or you have too many plants (does not compute) or you are “re-doing your gardens so just wait until that is done before you buy more plants”.
Please don’t kick me out of the society of gardeners just yet.
For several days, I was still thinking off and on about that lovely yellow columbine that I passed up when what do you know – I discovered a yellow columbine in my very own garden. Did the garden fairies plant it? Or did an absent-minded gardener purchase it last year, plant it, and then forget about it?
Let’s go with “garden fairies” as the answer.
I did find a tag for it, which was nice of the garden fairies to leave for me. It appears to be Aquilegia ‘McKana Hybrids’, which is not as precise a name as I’d like to see, but it is still a nice yellow columbine with a hint of pink striping and for now, satisfies my desire to have a yellow columbine. It also makes me feel just a tiny bit less remorseful for passing up the other one.
But it does make me wonder what else is out in the garden that I don’t know about?