.... PURPLE! The wonderful surprises I find in my own back yard never fail to amaze me! While along the "dark" (shady) side of the house, pulling up the omnipresent thistles (chain saw gloves provide ample protection to pull them up by their weakling roots), I saw a flash of purple next to the house. What in the world? I have not planted ANYthing there, ever. In fact, just this past Autumn, DH and I dug/axed/muscled out yet another mulberry monster. So how in the world did this wonderful William Guinness - Aquilegia vulgaris - Wild Columbine find its way next to the house? Oh, it's just gorgeous! And it's blooming profusely! I could wax poetic about the majestic purple and white blossoms standing tall on their spires -- and then I think, "Hm. This little miracle is probably the result of a fortuitous bird poo!" Ah... Ain't life grand? Pony!