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Our grannys bonnets havent appeared this year - any advice?  If not I shall re-seed from stock.  Thanks in advance. 
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  • micearguersmicearguers CambridgePosts: 605
     I have the reverse problem. It self-seeds like mad, I'm on the cusp of banishing it. Or is yours a particular variety?
  • RanunculusRanunculus Posts: 33
     I have the reverse problem. It self-seeds like mad, I'm on the cusp of banishing it. Or is yours a particular variety?
    As you say, you normally cant stop them sprouting! Dont know the variety, they were dark blue.  I have seeds from previous years that I can show.
  • nultyphilip224nultyphilip224 Ireland,..The Midlands.Posts: 923
    @Ranunculus,..they should have appeared by now,..unless as @micearguers suggested you may have a late appearing Aquilegia,..perhaps 'Flabellata' or 'Mc Kana',.they are smaller in height and bloom later,..give yours a little more time before you re-seed from stock.

    Just like @micearguers mine have self seeded like mad and cross pollinated so much that the species i started out with years ago have vanished and new blooms have replaced them,..still as stunning i must add.



  • RanunculusRanunculus Posts: 33
    I know - ours were fantastic for years after appearing from nowhere (birds probably) which is why I don't know what variety they were. Thought they may only last a certain amount of time -  will have to re-seed soon then.

    Thanks for all your comments.
  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,053
    When I did my major garden cleanup last year, I dug up  most of my aquilegias. Missing them this year as I think I was a bit too brutal in hoicking them out. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • MayLaneMayLane Posts: 203
    Are my beautiful pure white ones likely to seed differently? 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,456
    Aquilegias tend to be a bit promiscuous, depending on what is available to the bees in the area.  A lot have succumbed to Aquilegia downy mildew. see below for details..

    http://www.hardy-plant.org.uk/resources/miscellaneous-articles/Aquilegia-Downy-Mildew



  • nultyphilip224nultyphilip224 Ireland,..The Midlands.Posts: 923
    @MayLane if you have other species of Aquilegia chances are very high that cross pollination has taken place,..even with just one species the Bees can pollinate from some other gardeners plants or wild Aquilegia.

    @fidgetbones,..thanks for that link on Downy-Mildew,..touch wood no sign in my garden as yet,..Philip.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,456
    I seem to be OK with the aquilegias at the moment, even though a lot of my seed came from Touchwood nursery the year before the mildew first struck.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    I noticed yesterday that mine have mildew, not sure if it's downy. They had it last year too. Should I take them out and burn them?
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