Aquilegia ‘Oranges and Lemons’ – (Granny’s bonnet)
This is a completely new colour range of bicoloured red, orange and yellow flowered plants and there may be the occasional plum colour. The anthers which hang down from the flowers are bright golden yellow, which adds interst to an already beautiful flower and they are fragrant. These aquilegia have a very long flowering season, much longer than other aquilegia.
For best results, sow seeds immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. However, one can also sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, and often wait for spring before emerging regardless of when they are sown. But spring sowing will obviously give them a full season of growth if successful germination occurs.
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