It's a bit of a picture heavy post today, but I do love these jolly little flowers. Aquilegias, or granny's bonnets. This year's display is particularly good, with plenty of variety and the bees love them as well.
They're funny plants, they prefer growing in rubbish soil or in the gravel path- I just let them alone to grow where they like it best. Sometimes I collect the seeds but generally I allow the wind to do the job of spreaading them about.
Years ago we bought a house that was virtually derelict and did it all up, including the garden. I had lots of aquilegias then and an old man used to walk past and stare into the garden almost daily. I thought he was crackers, but one day he knocked on the door.
Certain ones of my little bonnets were apparently very rare and he was desperate for some seeds!
Ironically the garden is now back to a ruin as the people who bought the house just let it (and the house) go, never doing anything to it at all. The hedges I tamed and kept so precise and beautiful were like something from Sleeping Beauty until a developer bought the house, gave it a cheapo tarting up and cut the hedges down. Such a shame.
The wind has ravaged the plants again this year, the paeonies have taken a real battering but still look beautiful even when tattered. I'm afraid it's a bit grim up north again so far. Whenever there's a little window of sunshine I try to go out and soak a bit of it in, I feel like one of the cats chasing the warm spots round the house!