Posted: 16/08/2014 at 11:23
Mine germinate with total reliability Philippa.
Desponded, On January 1st 2015. Sow your aquilegias, in pots not trays, with some gritty compost. Put the seed on top then cover with more grit. Water them in. Put them in a cold GH or cold frame and forget them for months. They WILL germinate when their moment comes. I promise. It never fails.
You can sow now if you like and leave them outside in a shady spot, same result.
I used to do it like that but sometimes they'd germinate very quickly and I'd have babies to get through the winter