Aquilegias (Aquilegia ‘McKana Hybrids’) are enjoying the warm weather.
This year the main blooming season is going to be short because of the exceptionally warm weather.
Just love the shape and size the McKana’s have.
Bordeaux Barlows (Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Bordeaux Barlow’) is blooming nicely this year. Must try to grow more Aquilegias from the Barlow series.
I have managed to spend two weeks on the summer cottage by the lake and the weather has been great.
I sometimes wonder how much joy and happiness can a small lake bring to your life.
My mother’s parents and her grandparents have a small farm by the lake. The farm is as modest as it can be. My great grandparents established it and my grandparents and now my parents live there. After retiring they decided to move to the farm and be here by the lake.
As a child I spend all my summers with my grandparents while my parents were working. A whole summer taking care of the cows with my gramma and I guess it was her and my other grandmother who thought me my love to grow plants.
I cannot think having a better childhood.
My grandparents from my father’s side have a summer cottage on the other side of the lake. All the grandparents and all the family around the lake made all the difference.
Columbine Olympia (Aquilegia ‘Olympia’) also called Lapland’s Aquilegia is used to short summers and is always the first one to bloom.
Originally got the seeds from Rovaniemi, in other words the variety is extremely hardy and can easily take the coldness.
The color is beautiful violet-yellow and the flowers are easily one of the largest ones when it comes to the columbines.
I have tried and tried to grow Barlow series columbines but with modest luck.
I guess the winters up here are a bit too much for the Barlows.
Currently I just have one Bordeaux Barlow blooming. Well it is a good thing that there are so many columbine varieties available and many more to test and try.
The Yellow Queen is blooming beautifully and it is my first yellow aquilegia. It has required many failed attempts and plenty of waiting to get here.
For aquilegias it has been a perfect start of a year. No heavy rains to ruin their flowers.
To be honest it has been extremely dry up here in the north. All the other plants look that they have been beaten by the sun and the lack of water.
According to the weather forecast it should rain today. Now I am just waiting and hoping.
The first aquilegia just started to bloom. A bit earlier than normally.
I just love this variety. It is early and low with large blooms.
Unfortunately I have no idea what is the variety and from where did I got it. It might be from the seeds I got from the Northern Finland but not quite sure.
Anyway it sure is a beautiful one and seems to like it up here in the north.
Many and plenty! For some reason aquilegias have always been one of my favorites. Cannot have enough of them.
This year I have managed to have five more varieties to bloom and I am happy. After several trials even Nora Barlow has started to bloom for the first time.
The challenge is that I have planted so many varieties that I am not quite sure what do I have.
Well the main thing is that they look beautiful.
I do not know why but I have always loved columbines. I used to have only one pink variety which my grandmother had had for many years. I started to calculate that the variety must have been here more than seventy years.
As a child I used to like collecting the aquilegia seeds. That must have started my enthusiasm for columbines.
Currently I have several different colors and shapes growing. Not as many as I would like to have but I guess there is no limit to my greed.
All of them have been grown from a seed. Up here in the north it always takes at least two years to see the first blooms. Well, I guess waiting just makes it more worth while.