Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Alchemist’s Gold’
ALCHEMIST’S GOLD GRANNY BONNETS
Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Alchemist’s Gold’ is a mix made with a hand picked selection of seed.
All seeds are gathered from the most impressive dwarf golden leaf, and variegated leaf forms of Aquilegia.
As a bonus, some seed parents also have pom-pom forms of flowers and are sweetly fragrant.
But all the seed parents are new introduction plants, and the cream of a long line of breeding.
The result is a delightful mix of pot-luck seed, and all plants raised should have wonderful foliage.
Dainty & charming
Aquilegias give an old world charm to the garden. So they are commonly called Columbines or Granny’s Bonnets.
And give a dainty, airy appearance, with small, rounded leaves and tall flower stalks that hold the pretty blooms well above the foliage.
But tough as old boots
So do not let the dainty appearance fool you. Because this a hardy and tough survivor.
And once settled your ‘Alchemist’s Gold’ should self-sow some extra babies each year and create drifts of plants under the trees and shrubs with little further help from you.
Water-wise & resilient
‘Alchemist’s Gold’ Aquilegias bloom profusely during spring and early summer, and are easy growing, unfussy plants.
So you can plant them in a wide variety of positions, from Full Sun, to Partial Shade, and in Full Shade too.
And with striking leaves, ‘Alchemist’s Gold’ is the perfect choice to light up dull shaded areas under trees and shrubs.
Plus it is a water-wise and resilient once established, and easy, low care.
Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Alchemist’s Gold’ are frost hardy, evergreen perennial plants.
And they will also supply new babies each year by self-sowing in the garden and creating graceful drifts.
These little volunteers are easy to transplant to new areas, share with friends, or weed out if surplus to requirements.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Alchemist’s Gold’ seed can be sown indoors at any time, or scattered directly in the garden during autumn or early spring.
INDOORS: Sow the seed onto the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Now pat gently to ensure the seeds have good contact with the surface.
Then cover with sieved mix / washed sand / or fine grit to a depth of the seeds diameter.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath.
So the moisture percolates through to the top from the bottom.
Then place the moist, sown punnet in a warm, well lit position (light helps germination of these seeds).
You can use a heat mat to speed germination if you have one, but it is not essential.
Temperatures of 15-20 degrees C. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
Seeds germinate in 2 to 4 weeks approx.
Then transplant seedlings into small pots until large enough to plant out in the garden.
If sown directly into ground seed may not germinate until its dormancy is broken by a period of chilling (Winter) so late autumn or early autumn sowings are most successful.
SEED COUNT: 10 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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