Columbine’s delicate details



Gentle, delicate flower

named Columbine,

fares well through early

flowering season, holding

on to her petals while morning’s

rain poured down. The backdrop

of woods “bows out” of the picture,

allowing her the center of attention.

*** *** *** ***

photo taken in friend’s garden,

shared by Robin Cochran.

Columbine has more serious

and solemn story behind

the name, a school,

but today we are

grateful for grace.


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    • Mike, I like this descriptive illustration of the blossom’s attraction! This is quite evocative and would create a whole other direction to view the pretty flower. Those turquoise stones in the background are stabilizing a bird feeder which tips when ornery squirrels climb on it! My friend’s husband spray painted a few of these to accent the gardens. I thought it was a “cool blue idea!” 😉

      • Your photo prompted my mental images of Georgia O’Keefe’s floral artwork which teases the mind with meta-floral sensuality.

    • I was rather pleased with my cell phone’s ability to take this photo, Jill. I really appreciate this one outcome of that darn library thief, my having a fancy phone to be my portable camera.
      Thank God for grace! Amen, sister! xo

  1. I recently saw some columbine in a garden. (I only knew what it was because it was labeled.) I had the same reactions that it’s such a lovely flower, but now associated in the US with a horrible event.

    • Thank you, Merril. I was concerned the reference may have been rather oblique. I am not glad for the incident, of course. It was a tragedy, one of so many around the world. . .
      I am now on WiFi at a coffee shop so will head over to see what I have missed on posts.
      Hope you have a beautiful weekend! ❤ My coworker and friend is bringing her granddaughter (age 10) over to meet up with my grandson (age 7) and me. (Funny how it seems "wrong" to say me but the preposition with, "dictates" me.) Anyway, our town built a special and beautiful free splash pad, she wants me to help her locate it, along with the kids running around together.

  2. It is definitely a Columbine… Aquilegia. We call them ‘garnny’s bonnet’ here too and they grow wild… not in the fabulous colour shown here, but in tightly frilled pastel shades.

    • Thank you, Sue,for confirming this.i wanted to be kind and not question the commenter. I appreciate wild flowers and would love to see them in person by the bunches! The name “granny’s bonnet,” suits them! xo

    • I have a Victorian style dress which I used to wear when I was part of a group who gave home tours. It is a tea colored, lacy colored with faint pastel pink and mint green roses embroidered upon the lace. Yo me, light pastels do evoke a certain older gentility and Victorian color scheme. My Mom inherited a dining set with walnut stained table and chairs and the upholstery was a pale pink. . . She sold iy to live in a lake cottage with the simplest nautical colors, as if retirement removed my parents’ constraints. ,:)

    • It is funny, I have had the experience of my Mom having planted deep azure blue ones, as well as this pretty lavender or fuschia colored bloom my friend grew, but would love to see them filling “Alpine meadows” in the Rockies. Someday. . . I was just on your blog writing a relieved note about how I read people’s writing and then express how it affected me. Which you seemed to give an okay “free pass” to do so. Thanks! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend and glad I gave you a bit of a memory today.

    • Thank you, Diana! ❤
      I have been to see the Eastern side of the Grand Canyon, also was a bridesmaid at my Grandpa's wedding, family flew to Phonenix, then had the wedding to his never been married bride, (an 80 year old Vergene). It was a year after my Grandma had passed,no waiting around to begin this, as age conquered all in this happy occasion. ❤ Anyway, we drove up north to see the desert and petrified forest, as well. I keep mentioning someday I will take a train or bus trip for seniors and see all the states in between. 🙂

  3. Columbines are one of my favorite flowers. You captured it beautifully here! I love the shape and the two-tones. I also think of Pierrot and his love for Columbine in the art of pantomime.

    • I am so glad that you reminded me of Pierrot and Columbine’s pantomime love story.
      It is wonderful to know this is one of your favorite flowers, Luanne.
      I received my book and was thrilled with your note and message. I will let you know when I get finished and will definitely leave a positive review on Amazon. I just know I’ll love this! I took a photo at my Mom’s senior living apartment building of a doll to include on my own post when I remind people your book is reasonably priced and available to purchase. ❤

      • So glad you got it, Robin. Thank you for supporting the animals! and thank you for reviewing the book!!! So excited to hear how you like it!

    • Luanne, I am going to read the poems from your book aloud to my Mom. This will help me to concentrate and also be able to listen to her input. I work 3/4 day, then my car is packed on Friday, July 1st. 🙂
      Thank you again! ❤

      • Oh, I love this idea! I hope she enjoys the poems! Have a wonderful long weekend and time off work!!! xo

    • This is true, my blog storywriting varies, Ian. I am glad you find such stories beautiful! 🙂 The harsh one with tangled vine branches came at a rather rough time so it deserves “harsh” as a descriptor.

    • This is a wonderful compliment for both myself, as the photographer and my friend, Jenny, who grew this flower, Sharmishtha. Thank you and bless you. 🙂

  4. It is a great image and a beautiful flower. Having gone to the school, it is hard not to think of it when I see it. But I love how you phrased it. Simply beautiful, and the state flower. It is nice to be reminded there is more to it.

    • I am sad to hear you attended this school with such a fateful day in its recent history, Nia. 😦
      Not sure if it is okay to say this but I’m happy your memories are probably quite brighter. ❤

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