Grandma’s bonnets or aquilegia #FOTD#FF16

Pink flower of grandma's bonnet #FOTD
Grandma’s bonnet from my garden

Aquilegia which has the lovely folk name of grandma’s bonnet is a flower I associate with the cottage gardens of my childhood. I am sure I did not plant them but one Spring much to my suprise my borders were covered with the delicate nodding flowers. I received a lot of undeserved compliments from neighbours. As it is  a perennial plant related to the buttercup the flowers return each year as soon as the bluebells die back needing very little help from me. Most are blue but I also have pink and various shades of purple.  The plants grow to about two feet high.

I took these two photographs this week.

A purple Aquilegia
Aquilegia photographed 30th April

Now we are not supposed to go out except for essential groceries or short periods of exercise and the local garden centres are closed I am very grateful for plants that self seed.

Author: Anne Fraser

I am a retired nurse from Bristol. I am married with five grown up children, two grandchildren, a boy and a girl and two cats Heidi and Tilly. I like rambling, history and travel and I am hoping to connect with other people around the world who share my interests. I am especially keen to hear from other older bloggers.

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