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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.

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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.



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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.



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The lake is now free. Liberated from ice and ready for the spring.

The cats are happy. The fishing season has started and they are ready for the fresh fish.

I am thrilled. Finally I can start to plant and grow flowers. My pockets are full of seed packs and I am running around wildly.

The spring came early this year. I have never ever been able to plant anything at this time of the year. It still tries to snow a bit but I do not care.

Only the early Siberian squills are blooming but they are so beautiful and the first promise that others will soon follow.


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McKanaMy wait was rewarded this July. Last year I planted aquilegia McKana seeds and now they have started to bloom.

I was not sure if they make through the winter but everything went well and nearly all plants started to grow in the spring.

The flowers are a bit bigger than in any of the other columbines I have. The package I bought was a mix of different colors but this far only one of the colors has bloomed.
In other words I still am waiting for the others to start their show and reveal their true colors.

PS. Bought the seeds from a local store. McKana variety is usually widely available.



Nano Pink


The first snow arrived few days ago and it is dark and cold outside. It is a perfect time to start planning for the next spring. I want my geraniums to bloom early in the summer and this is a right time to start growing them.

There are so many varieties which makes it hard to choose. This time I ended up buying three different colors. The ones I ended up with were Maverick White, Maverick Scarlet and Nano Pink.

I have never grown these varieties before so I am excited to see what I end up having. At least the start has gone well. Germination was supposed to take two to three weeks but it only took three days which took me by surprise.

Geraniums are so easy and thankful flowers. The bloom all the time and tolerate heat and cold. It is the end of November and I still have one blooming in my balcony. It has survived the heat of the summer and first frost.

PS. I bought my seeds from Swallowtail Gardens and each seed germinated and have been happy with my purchase.


Pink Aquilegia

Pink Aquilegia

My addiction! If there would only be one flower I could grow, it would be aquilegia. I am simply compelled by them.

When I was a child there were always pink aquilegias in my grandmother’s garden. Now the garden belongs to my mom and the aquilegias are still there. I loved collecting their seeds and sprinkling them around. The aquilegias were there and you never knew where they were going to grow next. That is what they do. Aquilegias wonder around your garden. They spent few years in one place and then they pop up somewhere else.

Few years ago I decided that I want to see more variations. Pink was not enough for me. I wanted more. Aquilegias do not bloom during the first year up here in the north. So patience is needed. You see the results early in the second year. Luckily aquilegias are not that sensitive to our harsh winters. My rewards for this summer were Yellow Queen and Red Star.

Aquilegias like to mingle. In other words if you place different varieties close to each other they crossbreed. So you never know what kind of flowers you going to get from the seeds. To make sure that I still have my grandmothers beautiful pink aquilegias I have placed some of them far away from the others.

I just keep on buying more seeds – different colors, different shapes and sizes. Next year I am hoping to see White Star and Nora Barlow blooming. This is an addiction I want to nurture.

PS. I have acquired my seeds from several stores. The one I like is seedaholic.com. They have quick delivery and good instructions for planting. I like planting the seeds early in the spring and directly to the place I want them to grow on. Aquilegias do not want to be moved around.