This gathering of Columbine blooms looked more like a subject for an impressionist painting than a flower display. It was stunning. I've got a few volunteer purple columbine that come up faithfully each year. They're not flowers I'd spend much time or effort with, since they're early bloomers and don't last long and you're left with tall, sad-looking stark stalks. But if I knew I could have displays like this in my own garden, I'd change my mind about Columbine.