This is the first columbine to bloom here in my garden. It even stood up or should I say stook back up after a couple of evenings with temperatures down in the low 20's. The bleeding hearts and some of the early tulips didn't fare as well. Aquilegia scopulorum, A. laramiensis and A. viridiflorus 'Chocolate Soldier' should be blooming in the next week or so. The plant pictured here is about 12" tall.
Taramark, I don't know about Leftwood, but I grow my Semiaquilegias in pots because I'm afraid of losing them among the bigger and more aggressive plants in my garden. They're too precious to take that chance.
the Semiaquilegia e. I have now are all in one pot now - seedlings from last year, and I never got around to planting them out or repotting them. They seem to be magnets to anyone who sees them, and I usually end up giving them away before I can try them in the ground anyway. Being in a pot, they never get to the size they would in the ground, which makes them even more cute. The foliage is more finely cut than Aquilegia.
This species germinates easier for me that Aquilegia species.
I will certainly take photos, but I am still in the film era, so it won't be as timely.
It's not a Semiaquilegia bud that I saw after all; it's a bitsy 2cd year seedling Clematis alpina bud. Very darkly colored. The pots were right next to each other, I never looked very close, and I never knew Clematis alpina bloomed so early!
Overwintering like that is too much work for me. My five adoxoides seedlings from last season are still in pots, and weathered a zone 5 winter here in zone4a. I am planting them out and they can fend for themselves. For perennials that die back, zone ratings are too fickle to take them as gospel, and even jumping two zones is not unheard of.
The following are of the blossoms of Aquilegia laramiensis. This first one I grew from seed and is in a spot that doesn't lend itself to taking a very good photo sorry. They are very small blossoms... I'd say they're no more than in inch long.
And red lanterns at that Galanthophile. Truth be told red is my favorite color. I've looked for more rock garden plants with red blooms but haven't found many. I believe that is a small hybrid of A. canadensis isn't it? Looks like there's another plant to add to my list...