Years and years ago, a brilliant gardener called David Bromley gave us some seed of amysterious Aquilegia (ok. granny’s bonnet) without spurs to the tepals and rather flattened flowers. Planted in the garden we had then, it crossed with some straighforward blue, and somebody named the strain produced thereby as ‘Belhaven Blue’. Naturally, when we moved garden, we brought some with us. We also had a fascinating double blue and white one called ‘Adelaide Addison’, and some other kind gardener gave us an almost black one – sinister but lovely.
As we don’t dead-head (never any time), we now have what botanists call a ‘hybrid swarm’ where all sorts of characteristics appear in all sorts of combination, but at least amongst aquilegia, with some of the unaltered originals still around, presumably from ‘selfed’ seed. Here are some originals and variants;