The way in which Aquilegia leaves repel water and promote the formation of little pearly droplets never ceases to fascinate me!
Take a close look at the core of one of the little plants, and it really does look wierd. Here you can see the pink-coloured new leaves beginning to push up through the woody remains of last year's leaves, all covered in strands of cobweb.
In one of the pots there is a very luxuriant worm-cast:
The worm-cast is simply the compost / soil (etc) that has been digested by and passed through a worm. Worm-casts allegedly make an ideal seed-sowing medium since they are very finely "processed".
I'm quite glad I labelled all my Aquilegia, because the young plants all look very similar at this stage!
Last year I had some red-and-yellow ones, grown from seeds sent to me by Diana in Malaysia:
At the end of their flowering season I scattered seeds from these ones all along the base of the fence where in the past I have had only the plain pink and plain blue Aquilegias, so hopefully this year I will have a bit more variety there.
|Aquilegia poking up under the fence panels|
I don't want to bore you too much with pics of emerging Aquilegias, so here are a couple of other things that are "bursting out all over"...
|The Chives I re-potted are looking healthy|
|Rhubarb "Timperley Early"|
Is it just me that sees a Rhinoceros / Dragon head in that rhubarb photo..???