The granny Bonnet seedlings we sowed in April, and potted up in end of June, have come on great and are now ready for planting out into their final flowering position...
Nearly 2 months ago I sowed some Aquilegia McKanas Giant Mix seeds, and i've just potted them on individually. They took a small eternity to germinate....but hopefully they'll flower still later this year...if not I'll have some super plants for next year. Aquilegia are perennial plants, so I'll have these flowering, like these Grannys Bonnets, for years to come...
I was given these as a present when artist Katie Holten was in town designing the Artist Garden Project for City of Culture.
Katie gave me a few plants which were from her mothers garden in Ardee.
We planted these in some raised beds in the North West Regional College, so that we could then let them flower and seed - our plans is to then gather seed from them , grow lots more, and then plant them throughout the town!!
Katie gave me a few different types and they're all starting to come into flower as a result of the glorious sunshine of late.
In a few of the pics you'll see my Foxglove bed - which is just looking amazing
These Grannys Bonnet plants thrive in full sun to partial shade and typicall reach heights of 2-3', the foliage is lovely an delicate looking and the flowers come on good strong stems. Grannys Bonnet are ideal as a filler in amongst evergreen shrubs and the likes to give some bright summer colour. As mentioned above the plants do produce seeds and will self-seed easily in some cases, so either let them go if this is desired, or remove old flower heads to prevent self-seeding.
You'll see a super selection of Aquilegia plants here on the Gardening Express site
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