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odd aquilegias.

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 13:13

Another view of them. These would have been sown early the previous year.

odd aquilegias.

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 13:09

Here is some nursery rows in flower this year:


odd aquilegias.

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 12:53

I experimented last year sowing in July and up to 1st August, and SOME of them (especially earlier sown ones) were big enough to flower this next year, most weren't but they are going to be HUGE plants next year! Expect about 4 weeks to germinate, only barely cover seeds with compost (they want light) but do NOT let the compost on the top dry out especially just at germination time or they will die.

I gave strong growing conditions and long season of growth by growing these July/August sown ones in my greenhouse...perhaps I should have fed them as well to encourage quick growth.  Good luck, and do let us know results if you sow now. Carrie Thomas, Touchwood.

Talkback: Growing aquilegias

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 22:29
I'm fanatical about these easy-to-please plants, and hold the 2 National Plant Collections of them here in the UK. As James says, it was a late season this year, but they're making up for it with last weeks sunshine and warmth. My second collection centres around the breeding work that I am doing to introduce doubles with yellow in that are easy to grow and long-lived here in the UK (unlike many of the parent species)
Come and visit in the next couple of weeks to see more aquilegias than you ever dreamed possible! You will never forget the sight of so many flowering....and so many new ones! Touchwood Garden is in Swansea, about half an hour from the National Botanic Garden of Wales.
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