Natural Selection

IMG_0505It was a milder night last night so it was hard to tell if the bubble wrap was making any difference to the temperature in the greenhouse, but at least the insulation is now complete after rigging a wire up above the doorway so I could hang a flap to cover the door. Every visit to the greenhouse has involved a close inspection of the various aquilegia seedlings and the occasional whisking out of a new recruit that is too close to the others. I am reluctant to thin them out any more, particularly the mixtures, in case I lose the potential of a choice plant! It has been fascinating to watch the seedlings emerge, Denim & Iceparticularly when they get their distinctive aquilegia leaves, and to observe the differences between them – in this tray of ‘Denim and Ice’ there are green, purple and speckled examples. Carrie Thomas of Touchwood Aquilegias where the seed came from suggests you can be selective at this stage if you are looking for specific types, and for this mix should remove the purple ones – shall I do this, or just see what comes?! (picture from her website)

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8 Responses to Natural Selection

  1. Annette says:

    Entirely up to you, Cathy, as for myself, I like nice suprises…and you wouldn’t know if you pulled out some treasures, would you? 😉

  2. Are you brave enough to remove any? I doubt I could be! I hope you get some beauties.

  3. Christina says:

    I actually don’t like growing mixes for this reason; who can be strong enough o weed out even the weaker-looking seedlings! Those are probably the choice plants.

    • Cathy says:

      I didn’t actually intend to get any mixes, Christina, but some of the choicest double varieties were sold out and I got a bit carried away thinking at least I would have some of them in a mix – that’s as well as the other types that weren’t mixes 😉

  4. Anna says:

    I only know that I could not be ruthless enough to impose such a fate on the purple ones Cathy but only you can decide 🙂

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