|Aquilegia from the Songbird series|
I most often have purchased my Aquilegia seed from this online company in California, who has been quite reliable for my seed purchases for several years. I suppose I like the bright clear photos and can imagine these plants in my own garden. If you're really fanatical about finding a particular plant, try Jellito Seeds, the German company. They don't have the nice photo display of the other website, but if you choose your plants by their Latin names, this is the place for you.
While gardens in warmer and more southern climates are probably all done with the Aquilegias by now, I still have some in full bloom, especially in the shadier areas. It is very easy to start these perennials from seed. Of course, you must be patient as they will only flower in the second year from planting. I start mine indoors under lights and transplant out in the spring.
|Aquilegia from the "Clementine" series, pink and white flowering plants|
|Unknown Aquilegia which has spread itself around the flowerbed|
This week, the Siberian irises started to flower in beautiful deep purple and white shades. The old-fashioned bearded irises are long-since finished, so it is nice to see the Siberians now in late June. The next highlight in the perennial parade will be the lilies in July.