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what are these please?

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Playduh Fri 27-May-16 14:53:20

Thank you!

traviata Fri 27-May-16 14:56:47

Aquilegias, otherwise called 'granny's bonnets'

GreenMarkerPen Fri 27-May-16 14:57:04

no idea
but I have them too.
they self seed and the bees like them.

Playduh Fri 27-May-16 14:59:45

Thanks. They're all over the garden in about six different colours. Want to keep them but if I do, will I be drowning in them soon?

ShowOfHands Fri 27-May-16 15:00:52

They like to spread and will reseed on their own but they're easy to strip out if you get too many.

GrassyBottom Fri 27-May-16 15:12:20

I have lots but I just pull them out when I get too many. Also I have one bed with just deep blue ones. If I see a pink one in there it comes out grin.

shovetheholly Fri 27-May-16 16:01:24

If you don't want them to spread too much, make sure they don't set seed. However, this may also stop you getting new and different colours - they hybridize like nothing on earth and the results can be spectacular.

There are specially bred ornamental ones too. I have Nora Barlow in my garden, which is a very different flower shape - you could mistake it for a seed head of some kind if it wasn't so pink!

Check out the Touchwood Seed website for other amazing varieties. What has happened to that amazing plantswoman is so sad - she holds a huge collection of aquilegias (the national collection, in fact), but they have got downy mildew and she has lost hundreds of plants. I cannot even imagine how heartbreaking that must be.

Playduh Fri 27-May-16 16:31:32

Oh wow. They seem to like it round the bottom of my laurel trees. It would be lovely if I could get a range of colours in each bed.

Thankyou!

amysmummy12345 Fri 27-May-16 16:37:43

aqueligias! we've had them self seed all over the lawn :/ any ideas how to eradicate without having to dig each one out?

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