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Aquilegia Fragrans — 19 Comments

  1. how fabulous…I put together a post on columbines (as I call them) this past weekend to be posted next Friday…I have so many kinds but not this one…I will have to be on the lookout for this variety….sounds wonderful!!!

  2. Hi Alistair – the addition of a fragrance to what is a favourite Spring flower (at least here in warmer climes) would be perfect. Only have the purple vulgaris version which arrived of its own accord and later added an alba.

    Laura
    p.s. the birds are obviously well fed. Do you not find squirrels come and take all the feed?

    • Laura, the squirrels used to shall we say, share the food, however the powers that be say that the greys are threatening the survival of the red squirrels and there has been a cull, haven’t seen a squirrel in the past three months, miss their antics.

  3. Yay CommentLuv! Go Alistair! Now you can teach the others how to do it ;~)

    I miss chaffinches from Swiss days. You asked someone if you should post a link to old posts you are reusing. A blog is virtual, you will always have new readers who haven’t seen your old posts. So dust it off, and republish it as a new post. If you really want to, you can say ‘from Sept 2009’ or whatever. If it was a good post, then it is worth bringing again for new readers to enjoy! I do that myself.

  4. We grew A. fragrans successfully at Kerrachar originally from seed. It set viable seed but because we had other Aquilegias in the garden a proportion of the offspring were clearly hybrids. Plant World and Hardy Plant Society are offering seed but whether they will come true remains to be seen. Like you, we feel that this is one of the best.

  5. I have now grown aquilegia fragrans taking the seed from an original ten year old plant seed and the seed has come true to seed. the plants smell divinely of apricot along with the ferny foliage

    • Iris, that seems to answer my doubts about Fragrans being sterile, is your one the true fragrans like my first picture which is a pale yellow. My other picture shows a plant which was sold to me as Fragrance (which it isnt) Congratulations on being able to keep such a delicate plant for ten years.

  6. yes mine is a true fragrans heavily perfumed. There is also an aromatic stickiness to the stems unlike the dry strong straight woody stems of aquilegia vulgaris.

  7. hello I was in contact with you regarding aquilegia fragrans. I took the seed and gave it to a friend and she gave me more plants all true. I then gave seeds last winter to Hope gardens shop in Arbroath, an organic vegetable and fruit garden. They have grown ninety plants from my seed and have them in their shop for sale. They do look like the real thing being much rounder and neater than the usual aquilegia.

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