Posted: 23/03/2013 at 16:25
Have lost the feeling in my fingers, but now have 72 potted-up aquilegia seedlings!
I've been growing mixed McKana Giants and caerulea for a few years, carefully removing any plants with flowers I didn't particularly like and last year collected seed from my favourites, hoping for some interesting cross-fertilisation. From experience I know that most of the self-sown offspring from aquilegias will be bland hence the need to grow-on so many babies. Fingers crossed (well, I would if I could still cross 'em!) that they flower this year and I get some 'good uns'!
Got the bare-root magnolia 'sunrise' (I think it's a soulangeana hybrid?) into a temporary pot, too. Oh, and found a load of clematis cuttings I took last year and left in the cold frame are showing shoots from below, so all in all I had a great day in the garden, despite the blummin' snow!