We can all blame Joan, but I’ve been taking lots of flower pics the past few days. It’s always on my summer to-do list, but I rarely do it. The blog and Joan were just the nudge I needed. Thanks!
First, this might give you a better idea about what I’ve come to call the “sea of tea” around here. That would be labrador tea, which by the way, has tremendously fragrant leaves. Mixed in with the tea shrubs are blueberries, so come August when I’m tramping through the tundra picking blueberries, I’ll be crunching through this stuff and sending up great wafts of spicy scents. Soaking in the labrador tea scent is one of the joys of picking blueberries. For now, however, we revel in the white sea of tea.
See what I mean? Endless acres of this stuff!
A couple of days ago, Mike discovered this flower in the ditch as we walked to the mailbox (do we ever go anywhere else?!) and asked what it was. It looked like columbine, except it was purple and white, not red and yellow. Columbine is one of my favorite wildflowers, and I’m sad I haven’t found any in the immediate area (I plan to change that), but I have never ever in my entire life seen a purple one.
But here it is! I looked it up in my field guide and sure enough, under the Western Columbine entry is a note that another species, Blue Columbine, is found in Eastern and Southcentral AK and the Yukon Territory. It is shorter, with smaller lavender and white flowers.
So tell me, if the flowers are lavender (I say they’re purple), why is it called Blue Columbine? Why are purple flowers called blue?
One columbine plant, and it happens to be purple. You can bet I’ll be watching to harvest some seeds. A ragged and torn leather boot that I picked up off the highway now lives in my garden as a flower pot and awaits a plant. I think I will plant blue colmbine seeds in it. Any bets as to whether I can get one to grow?