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fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,873

I have been looking at the touchwood site for aquilegias. I thought I would post some photos of mine.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,873

    The first one is  Nora Barlow. The second has black barlow at the front of border ( sorry no close up). 3 is what I call raspberry ripple. 4 is pink pom pom. Apart from the original Nora Barlow, they just appeared in the garden

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,873

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    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,161

    How exciting !  I am nurturing 3 v small Nora Barlows at the moment (another one of my "free" magazine offers) - so now as well as the plants themselves, I can look forward to some crazy offspring.  Will plant them close to some of my existing aquiliegias so they can be nice and promiscuousimage

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,873

    Mostly Nora Barlow seems to come true to type, but then I get these odd ones popping up. I suppose it helps that I am not very good at weeding.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336

    They cross-pollinate like mad with the native ones and any other species in the neighbourhood although most don't turn out as pretty as those - you have some nice ones there, fidget!  Breeding them is a lot of fun (bit of a hobby of mine) but I find most seedlings are not worth keeping so I wait for the first flower and weed the duds out.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Stacey DochertyStacey Docherty Posts: 1,759

    Stunning, all mine just turn a pale pink!!!! I bought a great one from crocus earlier in the year think it was a William Guinness but it had triple flowers!will its in a pot so will see what happens next year as it was v stunted ( it was only .75p per plug!) hopefully I can have some more colourful ones in the garden!! They do spread like mad though but this also probably has something to do with my toddler pulling the flower spikes off and shaking them over the beds cause " they go chitt chitt mummy!!" 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

    I've germinated a large selection from Touchwood this year, might have over-done it a bit. 

    A. viridiflora produces some interesting results. It's not a robust plant like the A. vulgaris but has a strong influence on crosses with that and canadensis and that other yellow/red one who's name escapes me for the moment.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,873

    Nut,did you sow in spring or autumn.? I don't know whether to sow some now for better germination

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

    I sowed the bought seed at the beginning of january this year fb. In the cold GH. This was on the advice of Carrie Thomas at Touchwood. 

    I always sow my own when it's ripe though. It germinates very quickly and the plants are big enough to go through winter without protection. Bought seed sown in autumn sometimes germinates very quickly and you're left with babies to see through the winter.

    You could try some of each and do a controlled experiment

  • Holly010Holly010 Posts: 36

    Oh good nutcutlet - I've just collected my own seeds and was wondering whether to sow now.  I've also collected some tree lupin seeds (lots in the wild here in Suffolk), so guess I'll sow those too.

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