GOING UNDER THE BONNET
Whatever you call them – aquilegias, columbines or granny’s bonnets – it’s hard to imagine a cottage garden in spring without them. The flower beds around our family‘s farmhouse were overrun with deep blue aquilegias, not because my grandmother Pat particularly liked them, but because she couldn’t stop them from seeding. I prefer old-school singles, such as ‘Chocolate Soldier‘ (Kings Seeds) and pleated double ‘Petticoat Delights‘ to the large, flat flowers of the hybrid McKana Giants series. Not that it really matters. After a year or two of debauchery, their children invariably revert to hanging their heads again.