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14/09/2013 at 12:32

Hi everyone,

I love gardening but I'm a total novice, so any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Last spring I sowed Aquilegia vulgaris 'William Guiness' in a seed tray in my windowsill. It took quite a long time before anything started to grow and when it did it stayed the same tiny size for literally months. A few weeks ago suddenly they shot into action, I planted them out in separate little containers, and they seem very happy, the biggest ones more than 12 cms in height (see picture).

Now what do I do with them? Can I still plant these outside now, or is that too late? Is it better to keep them until spring on my windowsill, or do I put them outside in a little greenhouse on my gardentable?

Many thanks!



14/09/2013 at 12:36

Aquilegia Vulgaris are fully hardy so you can plant them out i believe, expect them to flower may-june

14/09/2013 at 12:55

I agree, get them planted out while the soil is still warm and they'll  get established before winter.

14/09/2013 at 14:12
14/09/2013 at 17:10

try this one James. it's where my collection of seeds came from last year

14/09/2013 at 17:16

I visited Touchwood a couple of months ago - even for late in the aquilegia season the flowers were amazing, so many very very pretty plants  and Carrie the proprietor was so kind and generous with her time and advice - I nearly filled my son's car with plants to bring back east with me 


But look what I found on that link that James posted 

I must have it   Does anyone grow it?  I must google for seeds ................


14/09/2013 at 17:21

you've got to have it Dove. Has Carrie Thomas got it? Postage might be more reasonable than from Missouri

14/09/2013 at 17:38

I think I bought a white aquilegia this year, but sadly can't remember what it's called Dove  Will see if I still have the label and when it comes back next year I will pay more attention, take seeds and shares them 

14/09/2013 at 17:40

I found it at Chiltern Seeds - I've ordered some - excited Dove 

14/09/2013 at 18:14

14/09/2013 at 21:14

Thanks for the info and help!

17/09/2013 at 21:26

They've arrived 

Along with a 220 page Chilltern Seed Catalogue with over 34 different varieties of cyclamen and 53 aquilegia 

17/09/2013 at 21:30


Dovefromabove wrote (see)

They've arrived 

Along with a 220 page Chilltern Seed Catalogue with over 34 different varieties of cyclamen and 53 aquilegia 

is it the 2014 catalogue Dove? maybe mine will come soon.

I love a good catalogue even if I order on line


17/09/2013 at 21:34

Now you come to mention it Nut, no - it's for 2013    Maybe they'll send me the 2014 one when it's ready ....

17/09/2013 at 21:40

chiltern usually send the cat. around the turn of the year. I'm sure you'll get one.

Chiltern seeds supplied a large proportion of my garden. Trees, shrubs and perennials

17/09/2013 at 22:17

I like chiltern seeds too.

 Although I am getting quite excited by some touchwood aquilegias. Double yellow frilly ones- just germinated.

17/09/2013 at 22:24

I hope to see flowers on my Touchwood aquilegias next year, very exciting

17/09/2013 at 22:40

I'm not expecting flowers until the year after. If I get enough seedlings, part of the veg patch might get sacrificed.

17/09/2013 at 22:55

I sowed in January, germinated March so good size plants now. I'm hopeful for at least a few flowers. Viridiflora will if nothing else does. 

18/09/2013 at 06:18

I bought a few well-grown seedlings when I visited - so looking forward to seeing the flowers 

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