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.
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.