Saturday, 9 May 2015

Aquiligia 2015...

My first Aquilegia of the year and she is a beauty. Over the years I have grown hundreds of these and each one is different. It's the cross pollination, they find it so easy, jumping from variety to variety and creating new ones as they go. Each year I wait to see just what colour that plant, the one that I've waited two seasons for, is going to be. I am never disappointed.

If I could only have one packet of seeds, on that fabled desert island that is so often talked about, it would be a packet of Aquiligia McKana. From that single packet all things would possible, every colour, size, and shape imaginable.

Mind you if I ever do get shipwrecked I might do better planting something to eat like potatoes, not very pretty though are they.

15 comments:

  1. Sharon Taylor on FB
    very pretty, mine are a little more plain, I should get some seed and throw it into the mix as I believe they cross pollinate?

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    1. Andrew Height
      Yes, this is one I got from crossing McKanna with Vulgaris. The McKannas look like birds of paradise and the colour range astounding.

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  2. Linda Kemp on FB
    oo we should all start a seed swap! they grow all over my garden, lots of shapes and colours.....

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    1. Ricardo Listeretti
      Love a columbine at this time of year - Ruby Port is my favourite variety.

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    2. Andrew Height
      McKanna for me Ricardo.

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    3. Andrew Height
      They just appear in my gravel paths in Wales Linda. Sometimes I lift them and transport them home. I love them.

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  3. Ricardo Listeretti on FB
    Granny's bonnets

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    1. Andrew Height
      I grew the Aquiligia Guinness but was disappointed that it didn't make good beer.

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  4. Bernadette Doyle on FB
    I love them too, they are very freely self seeding in our garden and I welcome them.

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    1. Andrew Height
      They are great in pots too Bernadette.

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  5. Sue Mcnally on FB
    Like a jeanie out of a bottle

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    1. Andrew Height
      Good analogy Sue.

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  6. Carmel Payne on FB
    Very pretty & delicate.

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