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16/06/2013 at 21:42

does anyone know whether granny bonnet flowers can be moved as i have a load of self sown seedlings and would like to move them they are around 2 to 4 inches now will they survive the move?also any suggestions to make it less streesful for the plants? i have clay soil thank u 

16/06/2013 at 21:44

Go ahead and move them

16/06/2013 at 21:47

will they be ok with the move as there going in to trays untill i have moved house next year 

16/06/2013 at 21:50

Put them into individual pots (they'll grow much too big for trays) - and keep them in a shady place - don't forget to water them occasionally.   I'd use John Innes No 2 compost.

16/06/2013 at 21:51

They'll be fine potted up, they grow quite quickly and you'll need to pot them on before next year. When you say tray, you don't mean a seed tray do you? That would be nowhere near deep enough

16/06/2013 at 21:56

I move the ones I want to keep in Autumn when the leaves are dying down. They are sold as bare roots so they should survive being dug up in the winter  or early spring and transplanted. I have dug them up at this time of year but you need a big rootball and have to remember to keep watering.

 Nora Barlow is somewhat free with her favours in my garden.


16/06/2013 at 21:59

 They do get about. I think this one has some genes from A. viridiflora

16/06/2013 at 22:10

Bonny 'bonnets' ladies 

I've just potted one up that had seeded in to a pot of Irises. No idea what it is or where it came from- didn't have any at last house so will be interesting to see what it turns out like!

16/06/2013 at 22:26

I started out with nora barlow and a blue one. I now get lots of frilly pinks on the backgarden but the one's on the front are almost black, but still nora Barlow shape.

16/06/2013 at 22:29

I'll save you some seed from the Nora barlow shaped ones fb. Not sure that any of mine are totally NB but they are the right shape

16/06/2013 at 22:33

I've still got lots of Nora Barlows.  I'm trying to get what I call raspberry ripple to go where I want . When I sow seed in trays it doesn't germinate. Maybe I'll sow it green/fresh, what do you think?

16/06/2013 at 22:41

Definitely fresh and leave it outside. If  they don't go dormant they germinate in no time at all and the plants are big enough to survive winter.

If they have gone dormant sow them in January in a cold GH or outside and wait. They will germinate. Took 3 or 4 months this year, they were waiting for spring. I put grit on top especially if they're outside, stops the rain washing them away.

16/06/2013 at 22:51

These are my favourites, caerulea, about 4" flowers:

 which I'm trying to cross with various McKana hybrids like this one:

 I'm hoping for the upward-facing habit of the caerulea in different colours - none of my McKanas have any blue in them.  The results are too young to flower this year and I expect 95% will be weeded out but live in hope!

16/06/2013 at 22:56

I'm finding viriflora is introducing some interesting plants. I've had crosses with vulgaris and what was sold as canadensis but I think may have already been crossed with something. Nice mixes though

16/06/2013 at 23:05

Might get some viriflora, nut - throw a few more genes into the mix (not that there's much chance of preventing it!)

16/06/2013 at 23:16

Has anyone had any luck growing chrysantha from seed? I have one and am going to give it a go this year. I know they don't often stay true but I can't say there's an aquilegia I haven't admired. Really hoping for some interesting mixes too with the other plants around the garden.

They first arrived in my garden as gifts from the birds, much loved now though, really beautiful and useful dainty things.

17/06/2013 at 06:38

When we moved here 20 months ago this garden had long been neglected, and the last owner was definitely not a gardener - but neighbours tell us that the previous owner was a keen gardener - now that we're digging new beds and borders, and lifting paving slabs etc, all sorts of lovely plants are popping up as if they'd been waiting for us.  We have some gorgeous aquilegias (alpina type), in particular some pretty rosey pinks and a dark indigo with none of the sludginess of colour that can sometimes appear with ones that have crossed and crossed and crossed.  I keep meaning to take some photographs - when I find new little aquilegia plants popping up in the veg patch I move them to the Shady Bank - this means that they're flowering at about 4ft plus from ground level - a really good way to see them 

17/06/2013 at 19:34

well thank you everyone for your help i have moved 2 so faras i work quite a bit more then i wish to be truthful.. one more thing if its a perenail and dies back in winter will these seedlings die back aswell as the last thing i want is to chuck them out if their dormant 

17/06/2013 at 22:00

Yes they'll die down, but then sprout again in the spring. They start to grow quite early

18/06/2013 at 09:23

ok thank you is that the same for all well most types of perenails as i have a plug pack of 72 seedlings

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