02/18/2024 finally the right spot

I have a loose rule that if I can’t get something to grow and thrive after three tries in different locations then our yard is not the home for them.

A cluster of the broad lobed columbine leaves. They have a blue-gray tint, rather different from most greens in the yard which have a more yellow background tone. They’re pushing through last year’s fallen dry brown red oak leaves.
I was delighted that we finally found the right spot for the native red columbine. It’s a foot or two down-“stream” of the bird bath runoff. This friend really prefers to stay moist. The leaves have been growing slowly all winter poking out of the leafy layer.

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