Although I am featuring Aquilegia William Guinness, today’s post is also covering other Aquilegias in our garden.
Aquilegias or Columbines look outstanding, whether in the mixed border or stand alone. William Guinness has been in our back garden for years. The deep purple flowers with white centre is very eye catching and the feathery fine cut foliage sets the blooms off perfectly.
Columbines are fully hardy in the North east. I remember the first time I spotted these plants in a garden many many years ago. I thought they were something exotic, and would only grow for gardeners with much more experience than myself.
William Guinness starts to flower in late Spring and carries on blooming well into June.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Height – 75cm
Position – Full sun/partial shade in free draining soil
Another Aquilegia in the garden is Flabellata Ministar
This one again has the white centre, but with pale blue outer petals. Flabellata Ministar at only 30cm tall looks best in the rockery, or at the very front of the border.
Last year seen its introduction to our woodland area where it performed well and looked great, producing a good succession of blooms from late Spring well into June.
Aquilegias are often referred to as a short lived perennial, I suspect they have a longer lifespan in the cooler temperatures of Aberdeen. I find this especially so with the ones which have deep purple flowers, like William Guinness and Aquilegia Rockii which have been in the same position in the garden for about ten years.
This one, Aquilegia Fragrans has long been a favourite of ours. I did a post a while back, where I did sing its praises. original post Fragrans a short variety which looks good at the front of the border or in an alpine setting. The leaves are finely cut and the blooms as the name suggests are indeed fragrant. Our original plant started to deteriorate after being in the garden for a number of years. I did get a couple more and they have bloomed this year, looking a little different, below is two of the pictures showing the new plant, if you wish, take a look at how the original looked, link above.
Here is a link showing a mail order company with Fragrans looking remarkably like my original plant as I recall it.
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Nora Barlow has taken quite some time for me to appreciate its value. I feel I had a bit of an issue with the double flowers, however, time as well as absence makes the heart grow fonder.
This one certainly isn’t short lived in our garden. The same plants have survived being lifted transplanted and even bad used for something like fifteen years and above as you see beside the garden arch she simply flourishes.
This deep purple Aquilegia found its way into our garden many years ago. It seeds its way around quite freely never making a nuisance of itself.
Back from the dead! This bold statement relates to a couple of plants which have been in the back garden for many years. They were both seen as being rather borderline for the conditions in Aberdeen. However they did flourish for a number of years, that was before the severe Winters of 2010/11 put an end to them, or did it.
The first one which we were extremely fond of was the Abutilon x Suntense. It was outstanding, however, last year it was left for dead. Well well, in late May of this year, look what I spotted.
What a surprise, will it return to its former glory, I do hope so, I will take a few cuttings and grow them on. This is a link to my post featuring
The other plant, Pittosporum, an evergreen shrub which I was always banging on about. Well anyway those cold Winters put an end to half a dozen of them in the garden. We had three different varieties, one of them Tom Thumb was the only one to hold on to a few leaves near the bottom of the shrub. Last Summer it made a little progress, this year in early June Tom Thumb fully recovered.
The picture above is showing the plant with its new fresh green leaves which soon change colour to a rich glossy handsome bronze shade, and this is how it remains until late May of the following year. Although it is on the tender side it generally does well enough in the city of Aberdeen which being on the coast, prevents us from getting the more severe low temperatures suffered inland.
See above how the foliage changes colour, I am so very pleased that this one has come through. Not surprisingly it received the RHS award of garden merit for outstanding excellence.
Hardiness — Semi hardy
Position — Sun/part shade
Height — 90cm/3ft
The plant has a much richer colour than the mail order company suggests, unless it is planted in a container where it does not perform so well.
I find mid June is when the round garden looks at its very best. I do my utmost not to show the long shots of the garden too often, otherwise I may bore you to death. Recently I made a comment that I was much happier with the quality of my close up shots compared to those of the long shots. I think I have gone a little way to addressing this, well its possibly been quite clear to most of you all along, however I just became aware that if I add a picture on my blog, say a long shot of the back garden in a large format, it is automatically reduced in size to 640×480 this reduction causes the image to become blurred. So from now on all the pictures for my posts will have been reduced in size before I attach them. The exception will be the page (Our Garden) where the thumbnails when expanded will show much larger pictures to hopefully give a better impression of our garden. Well anyway I am not saying the photos on my blog are going to be perfect but the ones below of the round garden, using the method I mention, I am rather pleased with.
Myra’s houseplant Clivia blooming beautifully at the moment.
Here is the first result of my adventure with edibles, and it tasted good.
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