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bigemrg

Enthusiastic gardener interested in growing all types of flowers for enjoyment and photographic purposes! www.iangrainger.co.uk

Aquilegia

  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2020
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bigemrg

Good morning GTers! I've never been very lucky with growing #aquilegia in my garden but this variety has come back year after year! Shame I don't know what variety it is! Have a super Sunday everyone! 😀 #colourpop

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solly1961

Morning ☁️ Ian, pretty flower. You too.

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bigemrg

@solly1961 - Morning Mark! It's definitely one of my more stunning blooms at the moment! 😀

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sherrisgarden

Beautiful flower 😍

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bigemrg

@sherrisgarden - I completely concur Sherri! 😀

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midnightgardener

Beautiful! What a great photo 💕💕💛💛

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bigemrg

@midnightgardener - Thanks very much Christine! 😀

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2020
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bigemrg

Good morning GTers! It's great to see my favourite #aquilegia return for another year! Have a super Saturday everyone! 😀

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

Great photo Ian...

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suerichards

That’s beautiful 💛💕💛

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bigemrg

@wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom - Thanks very much Elaine! 😀

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bigemrg

@suerichards - Thanks Sue! 😀

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gardengimp

Love this one too Ian, flowers like a champ for ages 👌

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bigemrg

@gardengimp - Thanks Graham, you're not wrong! 😀

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sabbanrula

Beautiful 😍

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bigemrg

@sabbanrula - Thanks! 😀

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2019
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bigemrg

Good morning GTers! I'm loving the mass of flowers this pretty #aquilegia plant is throwing out this year! It's just one of the stars of my weekly photo #blog this week which you can see at the following link if you're interested - www.bigemrg.co.uk/blog/latest Have a wonderful day everyone! 😀 #columbine

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cyndi

Lovely

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bigemrg

@cyndi - Thanks Cyndi! 😀

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pelly

Morning Ian, I love the Aquilegias in any colour 💗💛

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johninbrighton

The most beautiful photo Ian .

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juliesgarden

Morning Ian ... pretty one 💓💛

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bigemrg

@pelly - Good morning Jane! Yes, me too! Enjoy your day! 😀

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bigemrg

@johninbrighton - Morning John! Thank you very much! 😀

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bigemrg

@juliesgarden - Good morning Julie! Definitely! 😀

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jadojado29

Morning Ian @bigemrg Love these one of my favourites & so many different colours 😍 hope you have a lovely day 👍

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sharonhayden

Amazing photo

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ukgardentags

Another cracker. Would you like us to include it in our email newsletter? 😀

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2019
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bigemrg

Good morning GTers! Another pretty #aquilegia bloom, this time from dad's garden! This one was a nice surprise as it must have arrived as seed blown in from a neighbouring garden! Have a marvellous Monday everyone! 😀 #columbine

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sherrisgarden

Stunning flower !!!

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pelly

Morning Ian, now that’s a bit fabulous isn’t it 🌺🌺

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auricula

Wonderful colours😊

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kathy

Morning Ian, I think your dad has some very nice neighbours, she’s absolutely beautiful

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anges

Morning Ian, very striking! ❤

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bigemrg

@sherrisgarden - It's a beauty isn't it Sherri? 😀

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bigemrg

@pelly - Good morning Jane! It certainly is! 😀

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bigemrg

@auricula - Aren't they just Elise? 😀

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bigemrg

@kathy - Good morning Kathy! I think you're right! 😀

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bigemrg

@anges - Morning Ange! I have to agree with you! 😀

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harebell

Morning Ian 😊 thats a beauty 💖

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2019
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bigemrg

Good morning GTers! It's lovely to see the #aquilegia blooms returning for another year! Have a super Sunday everyone! 😀 #columbine

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pelly

Morning Ian, one flower a spring garden shouldn't be without 💗💛

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bigemrg

@pelly - Good morning Jane! Definitely! Just wish they'd grow where I wanted them to rather than where they wanted to! 😀

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anges

Morning Ian ☺ 💗

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bigemrg

@anges - Good morning Ange! 😀

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pelly

😂😂😂

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wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom

Morning Ian...that’s a stunner the colours are much deeper than mine..💛💗💛

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juliesgarden

Morning Ian..💕💛

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godfreye

Good morning Ian pretty flower and a lovely sunny day🤗

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pauline33

Morning Ian beautiful picture 😊💛🌸

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bigemrg

@wagsmomthompsonbtinternetcom - Good morning Elaine! I've just noticed an even darker one while walking around dad's garden! 😀

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bigemrg

@juliesgarden - Good morning Julie! 😀

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  • Season Icon Mid WinterMid Winter 2017
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bigemrg

Good morning GTers! It's another frosty morning here in Southampton! Remarkably I haven't managed to kill off my #aquilegia yet, although there's still plenty of time before they bloom! Hope you all have a lovely day! 😀 #frost #yourseason

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charlottejhurst

Morning Ian, and I thought it was meant to be sunny??? great picture 😘😘

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bigemrg

@charlottejhurst - Good morning Charlotte! I've given up on the weather forecasters! Hopefully the sun will make an appearance at some point! 😀

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charlottejhurst

I agree 😄 have a good day 😊😊

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jaynehynesburton

Morning Ian, great picture 😀

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Keely

Morning Ian they will soon be showing their blooms again have a good day 😆

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mikethegardener

@bigemrg Morning Ian. Another chilly one down the bottom of the motorway! Great picture 😊

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pauline33

Morning Ian great picture 👌dull damp morning up here 😳 have a good day 🤗

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vec

Morning Ian, very cold here too ❄

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bigemrg

@jaynehynesburton - Good morning Jayne and thank you!😀

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bigemrg

@Keely - I hope so Keely! I've normally managed to kill them off by now! 😁

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bigemrg

@mikethegardener - Good morning Mike! Thanks! Yes, car was reporting -4 degrees C earlier! 😀

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  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2016
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bigemrg

My #aquilegia Winky Rose has started to flower! I'm a bit disappointed that the flowers are so small, but at least I haven't killed it yet! 😀

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tash74

Pretty colour though, reminds me of a good red wine or a jug of sangria (now there's an idea after a busy day in the garden!)

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charlottejhurst

It is Wednesday after all. Bring on the wine 😋

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bigemrg

Have been digging, potting out, removing old bulbs, weeding and generally wearing myself out all afternoon so I think we all deserve a glass or three! @tash74 @charlottejhurst 🍷🍷🍷😀

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tash74

Absolutely! Wine Wednesday is a thing, right? I for one am going to indulge ;-)

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bigemrg

If it's not a thing we should make it a thing! Cheers! 🍷😀 @tash74

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tash74

It's definitely a thing in our house! Couldn't find sangria on Sainsburys so made do with some red wine, Spanish grape and elderflower presse and a couple of ice cubes! Just like being on holiday in Spain! Cheers!

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2016
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bigemrg

Last one for tonight! This is one of my new purchases! Very excited to have an #aquilegia in my garden once again after all the problems I've had with them recently! This one is called Winky Rose and should look stunning if I can keep it alive until it opens! 😀

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2016
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bigemrg

Morning GTers! My #aquilegia growing attempts continue to frustrate me! The few plug plants I was growing on have met their demise overnight for some reason or other! So, here's a memory of happier times from a few years ago when I must have been luckier! 😀

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bigemrg

@latebloomer - Thank you Deborah! 😀

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juliesgarden

Morning Ian , this is fabulous , think I'm not going to get a shot like this on my iPhone 6 😂😂😂 any ideas for something a bit better that doesn't cost the earth and easy to use 🤔??

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justin

Sorry to hear you're having issues but great shot from happier times 👍

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bigemrg

Thanks @juliesgarden @justin 😀

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ellenmarygardening

Morning! Fabulous photo. I'm afraid I just stick with the self seeding varieties 😂 Are they getting damping off? Perhaps 🤔

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bigemrg

@juliesgarden - Actually I'm a big fan of the iPhone camera, but you're right, getting a shot like this requires a bit more kit - like three external flashes for a start! For something a bit more modest, I would go for one of the higher end compacts from Sony or Panasonic! I actually use a Sony RX100 model when I visit garden centres, and they can be picked up quite cheaply if you go for an older model like the Mk2 or Mk3! Hope this helps! 😄

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bigemrg

Hi @ellenmarygardening - they've just turned yellow and are wilting away! Could I have overwatered them?

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ellenmarygardening

@bigemrg very possible. If they are too damp & warm they can be susceptible to it 😕

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bigemrg

@ellenmarygardening - Ah, well they were in my grow house yesterday and it was very hot and they were standing in a small amount of water! Doesn't look like they'll recover but I'll keep my fingers crossed! Thanks! 😀

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tash74

@bigemrg That's such a shame, isn't it crazy how they will self seed everywhere but sulk when you try and nurture them. I know they are very susceptible to mildew and botrytis, try a very sandy potting compost and avoid them sitting in damp conditions. If all elsewhere fails, just try making a free draining nursery bed outside and sowing the seed direct? Which varieties were you growing?

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juliesgarden

Thanks Ian , I'll have a look 👍👍

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2016
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bigemrg

Here's another of my missing #aquilegia blooms from a couple of years ago! Pretty aren't they? Wish they liked my garden as much as the weeds do! lol

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justin

That's a cracking photo Ian 👍

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bigemrg

Thanks @justin - it helps that the subject is so pretty too! 😀

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melvynprentice

That is pretty👍

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MrsCheerfulGardener

@bigemrg thats so delicate and pretty

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DebsC

Beautiful! They always remind me of my Mum- they were one of her favourites :) i was so happy to find them springing up like weeds in my new garden. Can't wait til they bloom, I hope they are as pretty as yours.

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bigemrg

Thanks @melvynprentice @MrsCheerfulGardener 😀

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sara2309

Beautiful! I am a huge Aquilegia fan. I don't have nearly enough

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bigemrg

@DebsC - Wish I could grow them! Had about 30 a couple of years ago, half a dozen last year, none so far this year - apart from some plugs I bought, but even those are looking dodgy! Don't think I'm destined to have them! 😀

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bigemrg

@sara2309 - Me neither! See my comment above! lol 😀

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sara2309

I grow them all from from seed.

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DebsC

@bigemrg how odd :( mind you they usually turn up where/when you least expect them! I know in one garden I had, they didn't appear at all some years, then all of a sudden i was honoured with there presence! If these are nice I could collect you some seed?

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2016
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bigemrg

Morning GT peeps! At this time of year a couple of years ago I had many of these lovely #aquilegia blooms gracing my garden! I read that they would self seed and spread like weeds, and my garden would be full of them within a couple of years! Well, today I can't find any! Oh well...

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rusty

Good morning! Another freezing one here. That aquilegia is lovely, I have to admit. Mine are all a lilac colour and all I ever do is keep digging them out. They get everywhere!

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bigemrg

@rusty - Yes, everything white here in Southampton too! Very envious of your lilac coloured weed problem! lol 😀

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Squares

what a shame :(

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brightcolours

Gorgeous! #yellow #pink #aquilegia

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mikethegardener

Morning Ian❄️❄️

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debs69

Beautiful colour combo 👍

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joanboston

I must admit they self sow here What a pity yours haven't. Try again?

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bigemrg

@joanboston - Got some plug plants on the go but they're not looking too healthy at the moment! Don't think I'm destined to have them in my garden!

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Keely

Mine never self seeded either n mine are lilac but no where near in bud waiting for 🌞 no doubt come next year at this rate ❄😈

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bigemrg

@Keely - Don't think the mad weather is helping anyone out at the moment, especially not us gardeners and our little friends! 😀

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juliesgarden

Morning all , seems like I'm the only one without the frost this morning 😳. I've just sown some aquilegia not sure whether I'll be successful, 1st time growing these !!

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