As well as an obsession with Hellebores, I have a real soft spot for aquilegias.
For those who don’t grow any, at the end of winter the new leaves start to appear. For frost protection they just sit there unfurled like small spirals. Once it warms up they concertina out like a Chinese fan. That, along with an inch of growth or so can make them seem to explode overnight. Literally, the plants footprint can triple in the space of 24 hours. Its amazing.
Then you get the flowers, which are great in their own right. There are a lot of fancy doubles and all sorts of colours now, but I prefer the older ones. I’ve sown some ‘Nora Barlow’ and hope to mass plant them later in the year. I could post a picture of the flower type here but I would rather make you all wait and show you in 12 months time …
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