In a Vase on Monday-Aquilegia

This weeks Vase (as part of the In a Vase on Monday meme courtesy of Cathy at Rambling in the Garden) has the three different colours of Aquilegia I have in the garden at the moment. I have a very deep purple, with a vibrant yellow centre, a pale purple and a pale pink. I have had a few different varieties over the years, I know they cross breed easily but mine always seem to ‘default’ to the dark purple after a few years. I do love the yellow stems against the dark purple. My bluebells are still going strong, so I picked a few stems to tuck in. The bright pink is from a Senetti I bought at the Supermarket around 6 weeks ago, I think it was £3 and it has been a star! I knew I needed a bit of colour to brighten my yard area whilst I was waiting for the weather to be ok for bedding plants and this has done the job perfectly. I’m really trying to garden more budget friendly this year, always checking out the supermarket plants, as well as car boots and local small garden shops, rather than rely on the bigger garden centre chains that can be very expensive. I’ve grown a few things from seed but I’m limited with space. Car boot plants are my favourite! You never know what you will find. 

Also looking beautiful this week is my white clematis, and I’m also happy to see my Comfrey again. 

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  1. That senetti is gorgeous – I have wondered about them and it is good to knpw that it flowers well. Aldi is very good with their range of plants at a great price. I enjoy seing the variation of aquilegia blooms that pop up but now try and remove any that are second rate as they can be very generous with their offspring! Thanks for sharing your vase today – and a bit of your garden too!

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    1. I would recommend the Senetti, I was dubious about it, it needs lots of water and dead heading but it has done very well.

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      1. Lots of watering and deadheading sounds a bit of a pain to me, so perhaps not!

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  2. Very pretty, Aquilegia are such lovely plants, I find them difficult to grow here but may try again and put some in the cut flower beds where they would get some summer irrigation.

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  3. Bright and beautiful! I love your dear, little pool. I just replaced my large one with one about the same size. More manageable!

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  4. I wish I had your luck growing Aquilegia! Only one of my plants survived our long (but not yet forgotten) drought.

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    1. My garden is damp and shady with part sun in places so they love it. A bit too much sometimes!

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  5. I am a comfrey fan too! I use it to make a salve for my husband and compost tea with nettles.

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    1. I love it. The compost tea stinks! But the garden loves it!

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      1. True that on the aroma! I usually add aromatic essential oils to the salve. The nettle/comfrey compost is smelly to work with, but don’t the plants perk up afterwards.

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      2. Yes, it’s fantastic. I may try making the salve, it sounds good.

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  6. The deep purple columbine is amazing. Also what a fabulous clematis. Have a good week.

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  7. Gloriously vibrant vase! And aren’t you lucky that your aquilegia revert to dark purple when they self-sow. Mine always end up a kind of muddy pink. So nice, also to have a glimpse at your garden! I’d never even heard of senetti until you posted your vase! Googling, I see it’s a cineraria – is that right? Very lovely, whatever. Thanks for sharing

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    1. I think it is a popular variety of Pericallis, I think cineraria is just another name for the same plant. Senetti is probably the name being marketed the most ferociously at the moment!

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