I love your article on columbines. I use them throughout my garden and this year I wintersowed about 9 varieties, maybe more. I did get plenty of seeds in seed swaps this year and the variety is amazing. My first time wintersowing was the winter before and my best success was with columbines. I transplanted a bunch and by the fall they were doing really well. I should have blooms in this spring.
Oh, those first blooms are such fun! I've got some year-old seedlings I'll be watching closely, too. Some of my WS seedlings get planted out, and some get overwintered in pots... Columbines just do seem to do well with this method, as you said.
I have several varieties of columbine seeds that I want to WS this year. I laughed when you mentioned how some are labeled--mine say "purple, red, or navy, from Pam's Garden." I do have several in packets that I actually bought, too, but its the ones from friends that I'm so excited to see.
I loved some of the varieties you had pictured. Thus far I only have two kinds, the natives (which really are lovely) and some that are so dark they look almost black. I just planted a bunch of iris that I got in a co-op last year, so I will definitely plan to put some of those new columbines among them!