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 Dear All


This is my first post as i now have my first garden and with it many things i dont know. I think this is aquilegia but my mum thinks not- Who is correct?!  It would be great to know before i start pulling everything out!


many thanks


  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Looks like it, should be putting up a flower spike about now

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    Hi DD

    I'd say so. The only other possibility is Thalictrum aquilegifolium but my money's on the aquilegia.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    Mine too image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,933

    I'd also say aquilegia. Some of mine will be in flower very soon.
    Is it a single plant, or are they a load of self-sown seedlings?
    If they're seedlings, I'd say sort them into individuals and transplant them soon as you can. They're not keen on being disturbed once they're settled. They may not flower until later in the year, or you may have to wait for next year. They're lovely in the spring and disappear during the summer so other plants can take over.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thanks All most helpful to a novice in a new space.

    There's many different clumps round the garden this is a larger one but many sizes and all in haphazard places so yes I think self sown seeds. I'd love them to flower this year- is there anything I can do to encourage them?

    I like the idea of gently digging them up and putting them somwhere more 'ordered' can this be done now without upsetting them?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299

    I don't think I'd do that. They're so close to flowering now and could lead to disappointment. You could move some of the seedlings.

    Disordered is good with aquilegias, they're not formal sort of plants

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Welcome DiggerD, happy gardeningimage

  • Thanks nutclet good ideas, I shall leave them be and cross my fingers for flowers!
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