Although I said after posting last week’s vase that some of the various aquilegias included were ‘second rate’ self-seeded examples, there were others that maybe self-seeded are by no stretch of the imagination anything other than lovely. Since then they have opened up, perked up and are even lovelier. Although the two on the top row look rather like ‘William Guinness’ and ‘Black Barlow’ I have certainly not planted either of those varieties recently in the blue & white border where these are growing. Although not quite as striking, the one on the bottom left is intriguing because of its varying shades of blue and the blush pink one has darker tips to its frilly petals and teeny tiny spurs.
The ones below have more recognisable credentials:
These four are all in the main herbaceous borders. Top left is close to a label stating ‘William Guinness’ so I did once plant him in this border before ‘blues’ were evicted to their own border, but this example does not look quite dark enough to fit the bill. Bottom left are ‘Green Apples’, grown successfully from seed last year – hip hip hooray! – and bottom right is the distinctive green tipped, curly spurred ‘Purple Emperor’ which has startlingly lime green leaves, very much in the style of a Turkish (or thereabouts) emperor. Top right is the survivor of a mixed bag of some modern hybrid, looking rather OTT compared to its smaller stylish cousins. Admittedly she is rather pretty when fully open, but in a Grayson Perry sort of way – and the bees won’t take to kindly to these elongated spurs!