I realized it when I walked through the garden yesterday evening checking out all the columbine (Aquilegia) blooms.
Most of the columbine in my garden sure are frilly. Foo-foo, even. Not quite like me, that's for sure.
They have self-sown a bit around the garden so they come up here and there with some variation in their frilly flower colors. I just let them grow where they sow themselves.
I have Aquilegia vulgaris 'Tower Pink' growing back by the compost bins.
I also have 'Black Barlow' blooming in Plopper's Field.
Elsewhere 'Tower Blue' is blooming, too.
"What," you say. There's a garden area in Carol's garden that doesn't have a name yet? Don't pressure me. I'll name it in due time. I might name it Hellebore Haven right now because it is also where the Helleborus are planted. We'll see. No rush.
I'm now on the look out for single-flowering columbine, mostly to plant along Ridgewood Avenue, the path that divides Woodland Follies from August Dreams Garden. (Yes, those areas of the garden are named.) I bought a few last year, but they struggled a bit in the drought. I need a lot more.
I won't be getting rid of these columbines with frilly flowers. After all, they really are old varieties, heirloom even, not like some of those new-fangled frilly flowers that have just started showing up in garden centers. I don't as a rule buy those. I just want more single-flowering, plain columbine for my garden. Preferably yellow.
I've added them to my shopping list which grows longer every day. Look out garden centers, here I come.