As spring hits its stride the first flush of flowers are beginning to come out at the allotment. This weekend I brought home a small bunch of one of my favourites, the beautiful Aquilegia, also known as Columbines.

They don’t flower for long but come out between the spring bulbs and the start of the summer flowers, and frankly they are just beautiful – these are sitting on my desk (photo shows the dining table) so I can appreciate the shape and delicate flowers. They are a bit promiscuous and hybridise with each other easily and self seed so you soon have plenty of new plants, with the added excitement of never knowing exactly what colour they are going to come up.

For a bit for certainty, as with most perennials, they are clump forming and individual plants can be divided in autumn or spring to get more of that particular one you love. I will be tying ribbon around a few of this years crop to flag for division and prorogation next year.


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