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Looking around the garden this week it was lovely to see that so many different Aquilegias have popped up this spring. They are all self seeders. At the beginning of the season I dug out the old ones from last year because I knew there would be several come up from seed. I didn’t imagine there would be so many and so pretty. These are a few of them….


Aren’t some of them really pretty and some have quite intricate shapes. Plus they are free and add a lovely haze of colour to the borders. I am so glad they like my garden…. :o))

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Homebird, your A's are lovely. Some of mine were a disappointment this year as the flowers were all mottled, they had greenfly on them & so I sprayed them, after this the flowers shrivelled up. Some were all right tho', they were in a different part of the garden( shadier). This hasn't happened before. Do they prefer shade?

22 May, 2014

 

Gosh, HB aren't they gorgeous? Such wonderful colours too :)

22 May, 2014

 

Such a lovely mixture of colours. I always get loads grow from seed, one year it was mostly the Nora Barlow ones, this year it's mostly pinks. I also have some newer ones which are shorter and with longer spurs which I bought last year, not sure if they are fertile or not.
Yours certainly are giving you a wonderful riot of colour, and all free!

22 May, 2014

 

A varied mix HB. I do like the deep purple one and as you say, they were free.... Makes them even more welcome.

22 May, 2014

 

Agreed. They are everywhere this year & looking good. My favourites are the white ones.

22 May, 2014

 

How lovely they are. Mine are performing beautifully,, but they are all pale. I love the colours of yours!

22 May, 2014

 

You have some really pretty Aquilegias there Hb - some of mine have grown very tall this year - many mauve/purple/pink with the occasional cream ones - love them all! :o)

22 May, 2014

 

I have loads too and I love them, in fact I love anything that is free seeding. Lovely pics Hb.

22 May, 2014

 

Lovely colours there Hb, mine are nearly all purple.Love the White ones, and the one you are holding.:-)

23 May, 2014

 

Such a wide colour range, I loved every photo and thought the last, the blue against the gold, stunning!

23 May, 2014

 

I also have some pretty combinations including a couple of clematis flower forms.
the first picture is a lovely Polemonium. the damp start to the year has suited them well too.

23 May, 2014

 

Oh! Yes it is Sbg. That's what comes of just clicking on the thumbnail of the photos. Lol. I haven't heard of clematis flowering ones before.
Thanks for looking everyone, my favourite is the dark one with the yellow centre I am holding. I don't know if they come true from seed. I will try and save some just in case.
I have noticed that the majority of mine are in dappled shade Ff and looking round I don't see any in the sunnier parts. As I didn't set any of them I assume they just grew where they liked the dappled shade conditions. Sorry to hear about your greenfly invasion. I've been lucky up to now and haven't noticed any yet.

23 May, 2014

 

oh, I love Aquilegias and yours are so pretty! Mine are mainly dark purple, although there's one plant which seems to have purple AND pink flowers growing on one stem ;) I'm trying to grow them from seed at home and find them a real PITA to germinate. After months of huffing and puffing I have 11 tiny seedlings (from nearly a hundred seeds sewn onto the trays). Maybe I should just scatter the seeds in the garden and let them be.
Anyhow, yours are doing very well! The white ones with a touch of pink are my fav. I may ask you for a few seeds later in the year ;)

23 May, 2014

 

Aren't they lovely!! I love the one you're holding, the white and the deep blues best, I think. Things which self - seed are a joy indeed. I collected tons of seed last year, but never got round to sowing and wonder if it's really worth the bother anyway, as they do it so successfully themselves.

23 May, 2014

 

I love them and let them have free reign in my garden, its true they are having a fabulous year and I'm also surprised at the mixture of colour this year and difference in height, I love your white ones, none appeared here yet, however I have plenty still to flower so still hoping...
Lovely pics......

23 May, 2014

 

I can't believe how many different colours you have! Mine have self seeded but I have only dark purple ones. Would love to add different colours-how did you manage to get so many different types? Are they all self seeded?

23 May, 2014

 

My white ones aren't out yet either.

23 May, 2014

 

It's nice to have them spread about like that. They look so natural don't they.

23 May, 2014

 

They look great! Thanks for sharing, good amount of different colours too, mine are all either deep purple or pink. I just let mine self sow wherever they want so are dotted about in a hotch-potch of places!

24 May, 2014

 

I love the crimped pork pie ones especially. They are all self seeded plants. They must cross pollinate because I don't remember seeing as many colours last year. I will save as much seed as I can and must remember to label them properly....lol. I don't usually collect any seed and just bash the seed heads to release the seed as I pull them up. I will let you know when I have some to post.

26 May, 2014

 

Never seen so many A's in one place stunning

26 May, 2014

 

A lovely tapestry of colours Homebird .

27 May, 2014

 

So many lovely varieties! I really like the white ones too. I have one that is such a pale shade of shell pink that it looks almost white. They white ones look so delicate.

29 May, 2014

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