NZ Gardener - - THE GOOD LIFE -

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.

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