Columbine (Click for larger view)
"Tis the land where the columbines grow,These beauties were already blooming but not in our yard. I planted seed and established bulbs and now my patience needs to kick in. They may never come up. I do so hope they do. Any color would be fine. The spikes are a form of specialized leaves with the center area being the actual flower. They are lovely. In all the years I lived in Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi, I never saw these flowers. Another reason to love Virginia.
Overlooking the plains far below,
While the cool summer breeze in the evergreen trees
Softly sings where the columbines grow."
~ Colorado State Song
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Parchment crumbles, my words fade
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