Aquilegia, Granny’s Bonnet, Columbine – a flower by any other name…

The blues have always been my favourite

The blues have always been my favourite

Pure yellow next to the Grotto

Pure yellow next to the Grotto

I’ve loved Aquilegias for some years and always had a few in my garden. They have such stunning flowers but are also fairly hardy plants that self-propagate well by seed. Since being at the Convent and indulging a little more in different varieties now I have the garden beds and suitable conditions, I am loving these lovely perennials more and more.

Yellow with a touch of pink near the Grotto. Is that pesky ivy I can see making a reappearance?

Yellow with a touch of pink near the Grotto. Is that pesky ivy I can see making a reappearance?

They prefer dappled shade but seem to flourish in a variety of conditions. The flowers are so diverse in colour and quite spectacular for some varieties with towering spikes of flowers. The flowers last well and are also great cut for indoors. The old flower heads set seeds which are easily collected and resown. So the plants are great value, coming back year after year as well as providing new stock.

A gorgeous mauve out the front. So delicate a flower.

A gorgeous mauve out the front. So delicate a flower.

I have a penchant for blue and have opted for a few different varieties. It’s still pretty early in the season and I’m continuing to plant new varieties that haven’t flowered yet, but these pictures may give you an indication of why I love these so much in my garden and intend to make them one of the mainstays in the Convent garden. Somehow they seems so appropriate.

Pure white elegance

Pure white elegance

Dramatic red - you can see the spurred petals clearly

Dramatic red – you can see the spurred petals clearly

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