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NOTE   2015 was the last year I collected aquilegia seed to sell as the collections are dead from downy mildew, see below.   I've upgraded the 2015 list So, new 2016 seed is usually stated (in purple in the entry); 2015 seed is an ordinary entry, and if it says 'Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets', that's actually from the 2014 seedlist!  Hope it makes some kind of sense.  UPDATE FOR 2017, each year I double the amount of seed to (hopefully) make up for reduced viability: 2016 seeds, now at least 50 seeds/packet, 2015 seeds have double that amount and 2014 seeds quadruple the 2016 amount.... whilst stocks last. LAST UPDATED mid-November 2016  If you have bought some of the removed items and wish to see what the mother plant looked like, please search on this stored page that I hope to maintain as long as possible.  A heartfelt thank you to all my customers, I hope my wonderful aguilegias will live on in your gardens.

 

SEED COLLECTED 2016 for 2016-17   I have about a dozen plants survive, and so collected some seeds. These are my freshest seed (and last seed), expect at least 25 seeds/packet. Sorry, no pics just this list:

1) aquilegia mix 2016-17
2) aquilegia ex ecalcarata hybrid, black/variable
3) aquilegia ex ecalcarata hybrid, spurred, pink double
4) aquilegia ex ecalcarata hybrid, spurred, dark purple
5) aquilegia ex AL  Indigo & white larger flowers
6) aquilegia ex ‘Double Rubies’
7)  aquilegia  ex225 white double
8) drat, can’t find the label nor pic at the mo!!! let’s call it 8) unlabelled! Note for me, it is corner of g/h next to AL Indigo & white larger
Scroll down for the full (old) seed list.

Please consider whether you still wish to buy my seeds, knowing that there is downy mildew here.  I am no longer sending any seeds overseas.  If downy mildew of aquilegias entered other countries via my seed I could never forgive myself. Not only are columbines in gardens at risk, but all the wonderful wild flowers, every species of aquilegia could be susceptible.
 

  UNHAPPY NEWS  New KILLER disease of aquilegias: DOWNY MILDEW, please read: This is my last ever aquilegia seedlist . In, 2014, I had downy mildew of aquilegias infecting many plants the collections. I have no  collections any more. Downy mildew is a new disease of aquilegias, and has killed nearly all my plants in 2 years. I have informative webpages about it, please follow this link: DOWNY MILDEW OF AQUILEGIAS.  I don't collect seed from DM infected plants (they are usually dead anyway) but there is a risk of contamination by spores or even spores inside the seed. However, if your germinated seedlings look unusual do let me know and send photos. In particular: yellowy, angular patches on the leaves, more upright growth, lighter, whiter leaves or sickly and/or dying seedlings. I’ve never yet seen a seedling infected from the start, but research is being carried out (including seed harvested from infected plant ‘portrait 3’ shown in my DM case history webpage). Sowing of such seed is an experiment to see if seed transmission is possible. Three research establishments will be working in different ways with such potentially contaminated seeds.


It is not known if downy mildew is transferred by seed. It is possible. For example, there could be long-lasting oospores on the outside the seeds. If so, after a resting period, such oospores can germinate when conditions are suitable and produce and release some other spores to infect aquilegias growing nearby. This could happen many months after the aquilegia seed had germinated, when the seedlings are a good size. It may never be clear if such older seedlings have been infected by oospores (via seeds) or from other sources, such as blown in by the wind or via clothing of garden visitors.  Research is currently being undertaken by Fera, and I have sent batches of my most suspect seeds (that I do NOT sell) to be included in the experiments.
  Do visit this link to find out more about this killer disease, it leads to 11 more very informative pages with plenty of photos of what to look out for. In particular, to keep a watch for possible symptoms in springtime as your established plants come into growth in spring, visit http://www.touchwoodplants.co.uk/aquilegia-downy-mildew-spring-plants.htm
 
Here’s another couple of links: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/11406556/Killer-disease-cripples-aquilegia-collection.html and  http://www.gardeningforhealth.com/contents1a/2015/04/new-killer-aquilegia-disease-sweeps-the-uk/
 
Please check the aquilegias that you already have in your garden for signs and symptoms.  If you have it, or think that you do, feel free to email photos to me (I can usually confirm), together with your village/town and county so that I may add to the directory of where it is found: http://www.touchwoodplants.co.uk/aquilegia-downy-mildew-UK-&-world.htm 
 
Carrie Thomas

Photo by West Digital

I have selected 15 packets, the choice was impossible if I had used a pin and blindfold I would have still been happy!!' Norman Clayburn, Tyne & Wear Thank you for all the seeds over the last 2 years, I have had at least 99.9%success, that's fantastic! Mandy Walters, Dorset Thank you for what will be an Xmas present to myself, which will last years and does not need batteries. God willing will pay you a visit in the new year when your garden will be at it's best'. Andy Freeman, Herts It is as you say a wonderful plant this Aquilegia, no bother but just keeps on rewarding …and without doubt I'm truly hooked …line and sinker. On receiving the seeds, I have decided to give myself an early Easter present Andy Freeman, Herts (in December!) I think I got carried away with enthusiasm! Just a note to say a big thank you for the seeds I got from you. I have been ordering seeds from many excellent purveyors over the years, but never before have I gotten 100% germination as I did from your seeds. Keep up the good work! Ruth Bierhoff All I can say is WOW. By far my favourite flowers in the garden. They are still now flowering their socks off. And the variety is fantastic. The size of some of them is well beyond any that I have grown in the past. I keep deadheading them and they keep on flowering. Thanks so much for growing such a wide variety. No one that sees them can believe the variety, colour and size of these aquilegia flowers. Sincerly Donna Bourdage, Shropshire

Did you see my Aquilegias (Granny's Bonnets, Columbines) on TV, Byw yn yr Ardd? To watch via youtube click here.
For English subtitles select the second icon, bottom right.

And if you've missed them the garden's reviews in recent magazines

          Amateur Gardening, May 10th 2014

Aquilegia DVD

The Byw yn yr Ardd or Gardeners' World features on TV could be thought of as a trailer for my 90 minute DVD/video in which I tell you more than you thought there was to know about Aquilegias!
Includes demonstration of sowing and growing, pests, diseases, and breeding your own plants. Many, many named forms, and other cultivars are shown.

SCROLL DOWN FOR  AQUILEGIA SEED-LIST

The bees have had their fun, and as all my plants are open pollinated, Aquilegias cannot to guaranteed to come true to type, I select seed from the correct seed parent, but do not know what pollen fertilised it. Nevertheless, I've never seen a 'bad' aquilegia! In a way with my aquilegia seeds you are buying the amazing Touchwood gene pool as much as any particular cultivar.Often, I may only have a few packets of seed of a certain type. I don't say which are in short supply because, magically, everyone suddenly must have that plant! So please give plenty of alternatives, or ring / e-mail for availability. Aquilegias are hardy perennials that flower the year after sowing .

Aquilegia seed packetsHOW MANY SEEDS IN A PACKET? Usually 'enough'! At least 25 seeds and sometimes more than double that amount. As a general rule, don't expect many more than 25 seeds in the Touchwood Treasures selection of aquilegias, whereas many of the mixes are very generous, as well as the single-coloured single flowered sorts. 'Your seeds from last spring germinated at 90-95% France'  Photographs are great, but COLOURS aren't always perfect. Understand that ordinary photos tend to make blues look more purple and digital photos make the blues look clearer! So please use the photos with this in mind and take the written description as more realistic. However, MOST of the photos are taken of the actual plant from which the seed was harvested …that's good, isn't it?

If you would like to receive news about special offers, please see Facebook page Aquilegia Fans  Want to move to Killay, Swansea, 'in' Clyne Valley Country Park, 2 miles from sea, by Cycleway 4?  We are selling our home  in 2017, if you may be interested,  see Facebook page Touchwood House & Garden .

  • READY RECKONER:
  • 1 packet=£2.50,
  • 2=£5,
  • 3=£7.50,
  • 4=£10,
  • 5=£12.00,
  • 6=£12,
  • 7=£14,
  • 8=£16,
  • 9=£18,
  • 10=£20,
  • 11=£22,
  • 12=£24,
  • 13=£26,
  • 14=£28,
  • 15=£30,
  • 16=£30,
  • 17=£30,
  • 18=30,
  • 19=£30,
  • 20=£30,
  • 21=£31.50,
  • 22=£33,
  • 23=£34.50,
  • 24=£36,
  • 25=£337.50,
  • 26=£39,
  • 27=£40.50,
  • 28=£42,
  • 29=£43.50,
  • 30=£45,
  • 31=£46.50,
  • 32=£48,
  • .et cetera!

Yes …if you buy 4 packets, you may as well buy 6; and for anything over 10-12 packets, you will find 20 will offer very good value indeed!.   Don't forget to add any postage costs.
I always get proof of posting so that we can claim in the event of non-delivery. If you want signed-for delivery, it will cost whatever the rate is.

TO ORDER:

Email me * a list of seeds that you'd like, I'll check availability and confirm total costs with you.* Trouble emailing? If the link doesn't work for you put carrie.thomas in front of @ntlworld.com to get my email address, else ring 01792-522443

PLEASE order in the order that the seeds appear in these lists, if possible, as it halves the time in preparing your order, and means I can find the seeds! Thanks. To make it easy for you, you can just put the acquisition number if you want, eg ex 608, although the failsafe way (in case you or I get it wrong) would be to put eg ex 608 pink feather duster.

Solution GraphicsPay by: cheque (made out to 'Touchwood Plants'), bank card , direct payment or Paypal   PLEASE READ THE INFO ABOUT DOWNY MILDEW at the top of this page

Aquilegia Mixes from 2015 (except Touchwood, Elite & long-spurreds = 2016)

All seeds are £2.50 a packet, discounts for 6 packets or more

Black Magic Mix
(from 11  mother plants)

All the 'blackest' ones: singles, doubles, clematis-flowered, 'Black Barlow', 'William Guiness'and it's double form, are all here. Spellbinding!

NOTES FOR ALL MIXES:
Resulting plants should not be labelled, for example, 'Touchwood Eventide'or even 'Eventide'as they will be a total mix, of some recognisable named cultivars together with un-named forms.

ALL plants are open pollinated, many have recessive genes. I hope MOST of the offspring will be as the mix describes but you are likely to have a wide range of usual, unusual and desirable other sorts as well.  Have fun!    OUT OF STOCK  

Touchwood Black Magic Mix of aquilegias

White Magic Mix 

(from 20 mother plants)

You've guessed it: all the white forms to enlighten your garden. Singles, clematis flowered, long-spurreds and all kinds of doubles including some very special ones.

 'Magically' you can select all the white seedlings at first leaf stage, just discard any with any purple in the petioles, leaving just those with a whitish green stem.
Such selections may also be marbled colours, ie ones with white mixed in with the dominant colour. Note long-spurred sorts and possibly other species white ones may not follow this magical rule.

Touchwood aquilegias 'White Magic' mix

Touchwood Elite Mix
(from 40+ mother plants)

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Elite Mix from over 45 parent types in double-sized packets.

This is the mix you've always longed for, with seed selected from everything in the Touchwood collection, EXCEPT for single, plain pinks or purples (unless scented).

Start your own collection!

 

ALSO 2016 mix now available

Aquilegia Touchwood Elite Mix

Touchwood 

'All kinds of Everything' Mix


(from loads of mother plants)

 

Whilst my collection is dying, I have many plants with too few seeds to offer individually that would usually go into mixes ...but I no longer have enough different sorts to blend all the mixes, hence this new 'something of everything' mix.

Choose this mix if you only want to buy fresh seeds, or the Elite mix above, or long-spurred mix. All the rest are last years seeds (at least)

New for 2016

Aquilegia Touchwood Elite Mix

Touchwood Supreme Mix

at least 100 parent types in this mix

  And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Supreme Mix of over 100 parent types in double-sized packets.

Anything and everything in this mix!

Touchwood Supreme
Touchwood Supreme Mix of all kinds of aquilegias

Starshine Mix 
(Stellata mix from 16 mother plants)

Do you know these unusual forms?
The flower has become flattened and star-shaped or 'clematis-flowered' Many visitors cannot believe these are granny's bonnets!

Many colours, singles and double clematis flowered.

Aquilegia vulgaris stellata mix from Touchwood seeds

Barlows Mix 
(from 11 mother plants )Aquilegia Rose Barlow

Barlow forms are like spiky pompoms and are actually a full double stellata form. These, too, are ancient forms that have been cultivated for many centuries. Includes Nora, Blue, Black, Purple, Christa, and Rose Barlows

 

OUT OF STOCK 2016

Touchwood Aquilegia Barlows Mix

Aquilegia ex Biedermeier, Mixed

from 6 parents

That's different: upwardly facing flowers on this dwarf mix. No need to tip this chins of these beauties, they gaze up adoringly at you gazing down adoringly on them.

And see Winky Mix, below.
 Photo by Robert Höck.

Aquilegia Biedermeier mix

Aquilegia ex Winky (or similar), Mixed

from 8 parents

Like the Biedermeiers, these have upwardly facing flowers on shorter plants.

Aquilegia Denim & Ice

( Marbled Blue Mix )
(from 18 mother plants)

A selection of marbled or streaky blues and purples colours from Demin (light indigo) to Ice (hint of a tint of blue). Includes named varieties.

Select seedlings with no purpleyness on leaf-stalks, ie just like white ones are.

Touchwood Blushes

Touchwood Blushes
(from over 30 mother plants)Touchwood Blushes

 

All the pinks, from the palest pearls to the richest crimsons and rubies are all here.Includes singles, all sorts of doubles, bicolours, clematis-flowered, 'Nora Barlow'and 'Rose Barlow'.

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Blushes Mix of about 80 parent types in double-sized packets.

Marbled Blue Mix

Touchwood Eventide
(from 12 mother plants)Touchwood Eventide

 

Here we have the blues and purples: the colours of dusk and evening.Singles, varied doubles, bicolours, clematis-flowered and Barlow types.
Unbelievable variety …and some scented ones too!  And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Eventide Mix from 35 parent types in double-sized packets.

Touchwood Eventide mix

Touchwood Fancies
(from over 30 mother plants)

All the many and varied double forms, from white to black, through pinks, clarets, purples and bicoloureds. Pleated, frilly, clematis-flowered, Barlows, feather-dusters. Oh, and variegated foliage ones!
Special and spectacular!  And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Fancies Mix from nearly 100 parent types in double-sized packets.

Do you know when I was a little girl I used to pull the flowers off some of the Granny's Bonnets and stand them up on the grass-suspended over a crossed stick and pretend that they were ladies at a dance, I would imagine that they came alive at night. They were always dead by the next day, but I spent many happy hours. I never had pom pom ones though - I would have been thrilled with those. I will make an order soon. Our seasons are reversed here obviously - do I sow in spring or autumn? I am so happy to have found you!
'Happy gardening, Ellen Rowatt, Australia.

Touchwood Fancies mix

Touchwood Duets

(from 38 mother plants)

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Duets Mix from 80 parent types in double-sized packets.

A gorgeous mix of all my many bicoloured flowers. Singles and doubles, beautiful and impressive.
Also now available as seeds from just singles (Delightful Duos) or doubles (Double Delights), see 2 entries below.

Touchwood Duets mix

'Delightful Duos' Mix

(from 18 mother plants)

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Delightful Duos Mix from 35 parent types in double-sized packets.

Single forms with dramatic bicoloured flowers.

Note, if you want bicoloured long spurred flowers, choose McKana or Dragonfly Mixes.

Touchwood Aquilegia 'Delightful Duos' Mix

Touchwood 'Double Delights'

(from 20 mother plants)

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Double Delights Mix from 45 parent types in double-sized packets.

Aquilegia seeds from double flowers with two colours.

SORRY OUT OF STOCK, please choose another mix, Duets?

Touchwood Aquilegia 'Double Delights' mix
Double Delights

Touchwood Harmony Mix

Yellow bicoloured mix
(from 12 parents)

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Harmony Mix from 25 parent types in double-sized packets.

These are unusual, they are the sorts of colours found in large, long-spurred aquilegias, but these are often only vulgaris-sized blooms.
Some may hold their heads hanging like the vulgaris cultivars, some are small, dainty long-spurred ones, which face outwards. These are hybrids, because of this, you'll be likely to get some very different and unusual offspring from this seed mix.

Touchwood Aquilegia Harmony Mix

Long-Spurred Mix
(from 20 mother plants)

 

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Long-spurred Mix from 40 parent types in double-sized packets.

McKanas, Dragonfly, coerulea hybrids, Songbird series, State series, Swan series etc.

Usually these are bicoloured, having either white or yellows as the second colour. The yellow, of course, can be any shade from creamy to orangey.

New seeds for 2016

Touchwood Aquilegia Long-Spurred Mix

ex State Series Mix

 LAST YEAR'S seeds so double-sized packets.

 

none left so order the below one....

Now, the f1 State Series is (mainly) the f1 Swan Series, but as I'm growing named plants of each Series I'm offering them separately as mixes, so also see below.

For further information, do visit Graham Rice's informative site. 

I've chosen photos from named plants from each of the ranges, however overall they should be interchangeable images, so do look at both pictures to get a good overall idea of them all.

Aquilegia State Series at Touchwood

ex Swan Series Mix

 

 LAST YEAR'S seeds so double-sized packets.

I'm sure you realise that the seedlings from these will be f2 generation so will show great diversity. If that's what you enjoy then I'm sure you'll be pleased with these.

I have found that colours of offspring may be similar to the parent, but shades may vary, so too the size and shape of flowers, plant height, and definitely its vigour (I find these US Series rather fussy to grow from seed in my garden).

Aquilegia Swan Series at Touchwood

Aquilegia Touchwood

Pharaoh's Treasure

Yellows mix from 8 parents

What a great selection …from all types of yellow singles with a few doubles added for even greater effect.
Most parents were long spurred Aquilegia chrysantha types including blushed yellow ones, some will be smaller flowered or even nodding blooms.

  OUT OF STOCK  

Pharoah's Treasure

Touchwood Glimmers
(from 22 mother plants)

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Glimmers Mix from 35 parent types in double-sized packets.

A selection of all the pale colours (including white), which stand out so well in the garden.
All sorts of flower forms and bicoloured ones.

Touchwood Glimmers mix

Touchwood Riches
(from 10 mother plants)

 

All the darkest, deepest, richest colours. From 'black' through ruby and claret and purple and indigo.

Touchwood Riches Aquilegia Mix

Touchwood Simplicity Mix
(from 20 mother plants)

I thought I'd a comprehensive list of mixes …then a gentleman asked me for one from just the elegant, simple single flowers! So here it is!

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Simplicity Mix from 14 parent types in double-sized packets.

Simplicity Delightful Duos

Touchwood Gold
(from 7 mother plants)

Touchwood Gold mix

Giving a long season of interest are these gold-splashed and golden leafed forms.
Easily selected even at seed-leaf stage.

 

Seed from a wide selection of flower colours and forms, each one will delight both you and your friends.

  OUT OF STOCK  

Aquilegia Touchwood gold mix includes variegated leaved ones.

Aquilegia Touchwood Liliput Lovelies!

Touchwood Aquilegia Liliput Lovelies mix

Dwarf mix ex at least 25 types

I've finally got enough seed to offer to people wanting diminutive plants. These are from tiny species ones up to 'Winky' & 'Spring Magic' heights (12"/30cms).

Ideal for the rock garden, troughs, pots and the front of the border.

Touchwood Aquilegia Liliput Lovelies mix

~Aquilegia
Rosina's Extra Specials Mix


Includes golden, variegated leaved forms and a HUGE range of flower forms. Do have a go.

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Rosinas Mix from 35 parent types in double-double-sized packets.

Here's something different, from another keen gardener comes this collection. They are much larger packets of seeds as the viability is a little lower than mine as these are a year old. Rosina has an extraordinary aquilegia collection, and offers me all her 'left over' one year old seeds …BUT ONLY of her extra special forms.

Rosina's Extra Special Aquilegia Mix

???

Touchwood Lottery Mix

more generous amounts
(from 11 parents)

???

Each year as I collect seeds from my National Collections I find that there are plants that have lost their labels. Oh dear what could they be?
Earlier, they went into the general mixes but what a waste of what could be extra-specials! Want to take a chance?
There's bound to be winners hence I've called it the Touchwood Lottery Mix!

? ! ?

Note, the unknown plants that I take seeds from change each year, as (hopefully) I re-label the marked missing-label plants when they are next in flower.

Aquilegia ex Spring Magic Mix

(from 6 parents) 12-15" tall, 30-35cms

One of the earliest to flower in the garden. Aquilegia Spring Magic Rose & Ivory syn light red & yellow

Aquilegia Spring Magic Mix at Touchwood

Connoisseurs' Very Special Mix           from well over 20 parentsAquilegia: Connoisseurs Choice Burgundy & Yellow

 

Can't choose?
How about this then: Connoisseurs' Choice. Very special mix from many very special, but low yield plants …the mix changes each year and is a marvellous opportunity to discover something very different and beautiful. Note: the photos may not depict actual plants harvested from, but gives an idea of the wealth of unusual forms that it contains. And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Connoisseurs' Very Special Mix from over 50 parent types in double-sized packets.

Touchwood connoisseurs' mix of aquilegias

Aquilegia Touchwood Strewing Mix

HUGE packets that you can grow by scattering directly on the ground where you wish them to flower. Includes Touchwood Supreme mix with current plentifuls, as well as some of last year's spare seeds. Remember, they'll take 1-2 months to germinate.

Aquilegias at Touchwwod in nursery rows 2013

TOUCHWOOD TREASURES:   MIXES from golden doubles

Unique mixes incl. seed from golden bicoloured doubles.

Go on, treat yourself.

Shooting Stars Mix

Yellow doubles from Touchwood
from 7 parents

Yellow doubles mix.

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Shooting Stars Mix from 10 parent types in double-sized packets.

Aquilegia: Shooting Stars Mix

VOLCANO!
from over 25 parentsTouchwood Aquilegia 'Volcano!' mix

'Volcano!' Mix from fiery shades in the Touchwood Treasures range.
Golden doubles and bicolours with pinks & reds, as well as  apricotty ones.

The photos show what my newer Aquilegia hybrid National Plant Collection is all about.
Spectacular, aren't they?

SORRY OUT OF STOCK , please choose another mix

Touchwood Aquilegia 'Volcano!' mix

Touchwood 'Sunrise Surprises'Touchwood Aquilegia 'Sunrise Surprises' mix

Pink & yellow doubles mixed
from 14 parents

Seed from all sorts of pink and yellow doubles including the blushed yellow ones.

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Sunrise Surprises Mix from 15 parent types in double-sized packets.

Touchwood Aquilegia 'Sunrise Surprises' mix

Touchwood 'Sultan's Glory Mix'

Purple & yellow doubles mix from 5 parent plants.

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Sultan's Glory Mix from 10 parent types in double-sized packets.

 

These and the next mix look rather similar. And, yes, it IS difficult to separate some purples from 'blacks', but generally to the eye (rather than camera) in daylight, these are more purple, and 'Night Lights' are darker.

Touchwood Aquilegia purple & yellow doubles mix

Touchwood 'Night Lights'
'Black' & yellow doubles mixed from 4 parent plants

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Night Lights Mix from 5 parent types in double-sized packets.

Burgundy / black & yellow doubles.

Seed from those closest to black that I can get with yellow accompanying it. Sometimes the yellow fades to creamy with maturity of the individual flower.

Touchwood Aquilegia 'Night Lights' mix

Touchwood 'Black & Bruises!'

'Black' / blue / purple & yellow doubles mixed from 10 parents.

And/or choose LAST YEAR'S Black & Bruises Mix from 15 parent types in double-sized packets.

What beautiful colours bruises go after some days, not just 'black & blue' but rich purples, burgundies and yellows.
I think that the name of this mix (of the 3 above mixes) captures the striking colour effects of old bruises, without having to undergo the original pain!

Touchwood Aquilegia 'Black & Bruises!' mix

I think your website is brilliant, your passion for the plants really comes across and selections are first class. Now I've found you, I'll know where to come again in the future. Kind regards, Mike Brown, Surrey 2011 Oh, your seedlist makes me sick, I have looked through it twice already, but there is absolutely no space for more aquilegias …or is there? What an effort you put into the list! The collection list, starting of with white and getting darker and darker for example, all the text describing all the entries …Susann, Sweden'I wrote earlier that my seed sowing skill is limited 'well, I am really rather pleased. I've ended up with over 20 plants each from the pink, white and black stellata seeds. I've 15 'Green Apple' plants too. Unfortunately, I only got five 'Firewheel'plants, but that's fine because I'm sure the little devils will produce some very interesting babies none-the-less! I'm planning a new border just for my babies! Thank you so much. With very best wishes Julia Alder August 2010 Thanks for the info Julia …very good for me as the Green Apples and Firewheel ones are seeds BUY IN! so the best germination was with my own seeds …probably because they are fresher ones. And now that I know that Firewheel seeds were rather poor germinators I'll be able to put more in a packet next year. Green Apples is my own seed this year. 'You will be pleased to hear that I have supplied most of Birkerød with lovely Touchwood aquilegias. Best wishes, Lise Sonne Rasmussen, Denmark 2012

Species and Named Cultivars

All seeds are £2.50 a packet, discounts for 6 packets or more

You should always have at least 25 seeds/packet often many more, it depends on the generosity of the plant or plants. NOTE I find species Aquilegia notoriously difficult to 'come true', but its worth trying!

ex Aquilegia buergeriana 'Calimero'

 

These dainty maroon-&-mustard beauties are only about 4-6" tall in flower (10-15cms). Perhaps you can raised bed or pot if they would be lost in your garden.

These will flower and flower, then flower a little more!

VERY special  indeed

 New for 2015

Aquilegia ex chaplinei (I think)
  Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets
 A shortish long-spurred yellow aquilegia with delicate leaves and flowers held on a stem that rises at an angle rather than vertically.  Interestingly there is discussion as to whether this species should just be a smaller form of A chrysantha.

    

aquilegia chaplinei 

ex Aquilegia ecalcarata hybrid from 'Elegant Ruby' x ecalcarata   Very floriferous

Aquilegia ecalcarata hybrid

This one will definitely throw different offspring. The mother parent was a golden leaved ruby single, and the father was A. ecalcarata. ALL offspring of this cross looked the same, all having the habit, size and look of A. ecalcarata, however the flowers are a good dark shade and have spurs. The next (f2) generation should be extremely interesting …I'm looking for the golden leaved sorts. There is also likely to be variation in colour, flower shape, time of flowering, heights etc etc AND new genes from any crossing done by the bumble-bees!

Note, I was wrong, so far all offspring have looked surprisingly similar! See entries below. All are early flowering plants.Aquilegia ecalcarata hybrid 

ex Aquilegia 2170 ecalcarata hybrid, blue-purple

 

 

Also Ex A and

Ex ACB

 

Seedling from the 'Aquilegia ecalcarata hybrid' above. This time in a blue-purple colour.

Below, 2 new offerings, sorry no pics:

New for 2016  ex A small, spurred 2tone pink, looks ecalcarata offspring

New for 2016  ex ACB small, spurred pink, looks ecalcarata offspring

Aquilegia 2170 ecalcarata hybrid 

ex Aquilegia 2255 ecalcarata hybrid, purple double

 

Seedling from the 'Aquilegia ecalcarata hybrid' above.

 

Rather special  New for 2015

ex Aquilegia ecalcarata bicolor type

I bought this in bud at the HPS AGM. What a surprise, I've never seen a bicoloured ecalcarata! Look at the dark buds against the lighter flowers, exquisite!

Effect is strongest as it opens, then becomes more of a 2-tone effect. Very sweet and desirable.

I understand this is a form they grow in Australia (thanks Julian!).

New for 2015    OUT OF STOCK 2016

 Aquilegia ex oxysepala

Another species Aquilegia with maroon and mustard flowers. Nold, in his Columbine monograph, states: "This species, which differs from A. buergeriana in its strongly hooked spurs and barely exerted stamens, grows to 80cm".

 

A must-have.

Aquilegia oxysepala from Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex ?xpuyearanaLast year's seeds, so double-sized packetsAquilegia ex xpuyearana?

 

I was thrilled to be given seeds of this hybrid to try, and really like the resulting plants, both were rather short, say 12'/ 35cms with slightly-purpley-red with yellow long-spurred flowers. I read in 'Columbines' monograph that A xpuryearana is from a crossing of A. hinckleyana and A. Canadensis. Also known as 'Blazing Star Columbine', they should be red & yellow but I'm unsure about their usual height. Mine don't seem to be as bright red, nevertheless they make handsome plants.

Aquilegia x puyearana ?

Aquilegia ex viridiflora hybrid 1774

Rather unusual slatey-purple shades in this hybrid of viridiflora. Untried yet from seed …  I have new 2016 seed of this one, also..

 

New for 2016  ex2770  pink, viridiflora offspring

Auilegia viridiflora hybrid

Aquilegia ex viridiflora hybrid 2154

Another rather unusual slatey-purple shades in this hybrid of viridiflora. Untried yet from seed …

Love those long spurs.

 

Aquilegia ex vulgaris

Our British native, from which all the cultivars have been derived. Blue single flowers.

SORRY …no seed offered as I cannot be sure it is true, BUT I have PLENTY of seed to buy collected from several blue flowered plants which may or may not be true to the wild type, for those visit the described aquilegia page..

 

Aquilegia ex 'Blue Barlow'

Lovely spiky blue flowers. Collect the whole Barlow range, they are such good value in the garden.

Aquilegia 'Blue Barlow'

ex 'Double Rubies'

Aquilegia and catmint at the national botanic garden of wales

There are 3 quite similar crimson/ruby Barlow-type of aquilegias: this is 'Double Rubies' and there is also 'Ruby Port' and 'Bordeaux Barlow'. They look good here (LHS) en masse with Nepeta (catmint) at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia 'Double Rubies' 

Aquilegia ex 'Elegance'

Aquilegia ex 'Elegance'

 

Amazingly elegant and graceful in growth, one of my favourites. Each flower perfectly poised on a dark coloured stem.

Bred by Touchwood,'and introduced in 2008

Gold leaf, with a 'black' flower …the 'William Guiness' colour. Offspring can be selected at seedling stage for golden leaves.

  OUT OF STOCK  

Aquilegia ex 'Elegance'

ex 'Elegant Ruby'

Introduced 2011

Re-offered 2016, new seed

Buy now, whilst you can, very special

Bred at Touchwood

Gold leaf, elegant ruby flower.

Have you guessed yet? yes I'm naming all these after gemstones …they are so desirable, precious, and stylish …and each has a gold setting!
Why not collect the full golden gemstone set?

Aquilegia 'Elegant Ruby'

Aquilegia ex 'Flamboyant'Aquilegia 'Flamboyant'

Introduced by Touchwood. Scented pink and white double. My original plant started as a 'pink tatty' flower, second year was flamboyant pink-& -white longish spurred double, and third year showed tripling and even 5-tiers in a flower.

 Re-offered 2016, new seed

  OUT OF STOCK  

Featured in 'Six of the best Aquilegias' in Gardeners' World magazine, May 2007
Aquilegia 'Flamboyant'

Aquilegia ex 'Golden Guiness'

Woweeee!

Golden leaf and (just about) black-and-white flowers.

 

Re-offered 2016, new seed

Aquilegia 'Golden Guiness'

Aquilegia ex 'Leprechaun Gold'

With variegated leaves and double indigo flowers, I'm unsure how this cultivar differs from 'Lime Frost' or 'Woodside Blue'. Do you know?

Re-offered 2016, new seed

Aquilegia 'Lime Frost'

Aquilegia ex 'Mellow Yellow'

 Aquilegia ex 'Mellow Yellow

With a yellow leaf, and single or double, milky-white flowers, this brightens up a dull spot. Re-offered 2016, new seed

Aquilegia 'Mellow Yellow'

Aquilegia 'Mellow Yellow' 

Aquilegia ex 'Nora Barlow'Aquilegia 'Nora Barlow'

 

Unusual sepaloid double where each 'petal' shades from deep old-rose-pink through cream to the green tips.

An old, beautifully and regularly formed variety. People ask can 'Nora Barlow' really be an aquilegia?

ALSO: New for 2016  ex ACR like Nora Barlow but a darker pink

Aquilegia 'Nora Barlow'

Aquilegia ex Origami red & white

New for 2015

OK, finally I'm able to offer some Origami seeds. Be aware these are F1 hybrids so the offspring will NOT come true, but you should get some good and interesting offspring.

Aquilegia ex 'Red Hobbit' 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Wonderful red-& -white long spurred aquilegia. Cheerful in the garden, and attracts a lot of attention.

Aquilegia 'Red Hobbit'

Aquilegia ex 'Red Star'

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Understandably a great favourite in the garden.

Aquilegia 'Red Star'

Aquilegia ex Spring Magic Rose & IvoryAquilegia Spring Magic rose & ivory

I love this colour combination, do you? Note in 2010: just as well I love it as this year my new 'light red and yellow' Spring Magic seedlings flowered …exactly the same shade. Different seed-houses description for the same item. Ho humm.

 

Still …they did repeat flower …making them one of the earliest AND latest flowering aquilegias in the garden!

MAY HAVE SOME RESISTANCE TO  AQUILEGIA DOWNY MILDEW

Aquilegia Spring Magic rose & ivory

Aquilegia ex Spring Magic Blue & white

Aquilegia ex Spring Magic Blue & white

The most popular of the Spring Magic range

MAY HAVE SOME RESISTANCE TO  AQUILEGIA DOWNY MILDEW

Aqyilegia spring magic blue and white 

Aquilegia ex Spring Magic ?Navy & white

I have put ? because I assumed there was only one shade of blue available although both 'blue and white' and navy and white' may be listed. However this year, 2013, I THINK there are subtle differences between some of my plants this year and ones I've grown (still growing) as 'blue and white', so I'm listing them separately but they MAY be the same. Photos seem to show a greater difference than to my eye.(Growing conditions may also affect flower colour which is why I'm uncertain)

spring magic navy and white 

ex Spring Magic White

Aquilegia ex Spring Magic white

Lovely.

Aquilegia ex Spring Magic white

ex Spring Magic Yellow

Wasn't I lucky to find these? Another Spring Magic winner!

Aquilegia Spring Magic Yellow

ex Spring Magic Mix
from 6 parents

Aquilegia Spring Magic mix

Photo lhs captures them just about to burst into flower: one of the earliest in the garden. These 3 plants are growing in one large container.  Rhs, & below flowering in the central bed in my front gardenaquilegia spring magic at touchwood

aquilegia spring magic mix 

Aquilegia ex Swan Series

Mix of seeds FROM 8 Swan series

 

Notes for this and all the Swan Series entries below:

The Swan Series is an f1 hybrid, so you will be growing the variable  f2 generation. Hopefully you'll find same/similar colours in the offspring, but expect differing habits and flower size etc.

Aquilegia Swan Series at Touchwood  

Aquilegia ex Swan Series

 Yellow 

 The Swan Series is an f1 hybrid, so you will be growing the variable  f2 generation. Hopefully you'll find same/similar colours in the offspring, but expect differing habits and flower size etc.

Syn: State Series 'Florida' 

Reference for Swan synonyms

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia Swan series at Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex Swan Series

 Red & white 

 The Swan Series is an f1 hybrid, so you will be growing the variable  f2 generation. Hopefully you'll find same/similar colours in the offspring, but expect differing habits and flower size etc.

Syn: State Series 'Georgia'  

2324,2158,2274 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia Swan series at Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex Swan Series Vermont

 Deep mauve & white

 The Swan Series is an f1 hybrid, so you will be growing the variable  f2 generation. Hopefully you'll find same/similar colours in the offspring, but expect differing habits and flower size etc.

 

2135,2134,2136,

Aquilegia swan at Touchwood Swansea 

Aquilegia ex ? Swan Series

 2132 Mid-pink & creamy 

 The Swan Series is an f1 hybrid, so you will be growing the variable  f2 generation. Hopefully you'll find same/similar colours in the offspring, but expect differing habits and flower size etc.

I cannot find this nor the ones following to confirm they are part of the Swan series. However that is what I bought the plants as (Swan Series, mixed) so I'm listing them by MY description and their actual photo. 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia swan at Touchwood Swansea 

Aquilegia ex ? Swan Series

 2131 red and slightly creamy

 It is on lhs vs the usual red & white sort

I cannot find this nor the ones following to confirm they are part of the Swan series. However that is what I bought the plants as (Swan Series, mixed) so I'm listing them by MY description and their actual photo. 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

aquilegia swan at touchwood 

Aquilegia ex ? Swan Series

 2235 Dark pink & yellow 

 The Swan Series is an f1 hybrid, so you will be growing the variable  f2 generation. Hopefully you'll find same/similar colours in the offspring, but expect differing habits and flower size etc.

I cannot find this nor the ones following to confirm they are part of the Swan series. However that is what I bought the plants as (Swan Series, mixed) so I'm listing them by MY description and their actual photo. 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

aquilegia swan at touchwood 

Aquilegia ex ? Swan Series

 2193 Crimson and creamy yellow 

 The Swan Series is an f1 hybrid, so you will be growing the variable  f2 generation. Hopefully you'll find same/similar colours in the offspring, but expect differing habits and flower size etc.

I cannot find this to confirm they are part of the Swan series. However that is what I bought the plants as (Swan Series, mixed) so I'm listing them by MY description and their actual photo. 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

aquilegia swan at touchwood 

Aquilegia ex 'Tequila Sunrise'

Said to be a cultivar of A skinneri, but in his monograph Nold says 'It has the characteristic shape, in every respect, of A. formosa var. formosa.'

Slightly variable shades of orangey-red & yellow on delightfully dainty plants.

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 2798, yellow version of 'Tequila Sunrise'

 

Loved this one from a batch of true 'Tequila Sunrise', just about all yellow, just a slight blush to the sepals.

 

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 'Touchwood Dreamtime'

Pretty pink stellata sort with cream-shading-to-green tips. Best flowers have the raised centre circle.

Name arises from an amalgamation of the name of the variegated version ('Sweet Dreams') and my interest in dreamtime / spiritual journeywork.

Named in 2010 by Touchwood  OUT OF STOCK 2016

 

Aquilegia Touchwood Dreamtime 

Aquilegia ex 'Tower Light Blue'

Lovely pale marbled blue double

 

 

also ex 1785, slightly darker form of Tower Light Blue

Aquilegia 'Tower Light Blue'

Aquilegia 'White Barlow'

New for 2015

The Barlow sorts are justifiably popular. The dense spiky flowers show up well in the garden …and the paler the colour the more outstanding it is …which makes this one very visible indeed and bound to excite comment. But will people believe it's an aquilegia?

Aquilegia 'White Barlow'

Aquilegia ex 'William Guiness'Aquilegia 'William Guiness'

 

Aquilegia 'William Guiness', also known as 'Magpie', such a perfectly fitting name for the (just about) black-and-white flowers. This is justifiably many people's favourite aquilegia. Do grow it if you don't already.  SOLD OUT, left here for the article

Featured in my 'Six of the best Aquilegias' in Gardeners' World magasine, May 2007
Aquilegia 'William Guiness'

Aquilegia Winky or Winky type ex white

 

Upward facing blooms.

The Winky Series are shorter plants, about 12" / 30cms, which look upwards at you, no need to tilt their chins to see the blooms.

 

Also new 2016 seed

Aquilegia Winky or Winky type ex pink

 

Upward facing blooms.

New for 2015

Aquilegia Winky or Winky type ex lilac

 

Upward facing blooms.

New for 2015

Aquilegia Winky or Winky type ex pale marbled blue

Upward facing blooms. I love this colour!

New for 2015

Aquilegia Winky or Winky type ex purple

Upward facing blooms.

New for 2015

Aquilegia Winky or similar ex red & white

Upward facing blooms.

 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia Winky or similar ex crimson & white

Upward facing blooms.

New for 2015

Aquilegia Winky came is blue and white double, it is indigo & white double

Upward facing blooms.

New for 2015

Aquilegia Winky or similar ex nearly black, white-edged

Upward facing blooms.

New for 2015

Aquilegia Winky or similar ex black & white

Upward facing blooms.

New for 2015

Aquilegia 'Woodside Blue'

Aquilegia 'Woodside Blue'

Aquilegia 'Woodside Blue'

Double indigo flowers over variegated foliage. There are new cultivars out called 'Leprechaun's Gold' and 'Lime Frost', which has the same description. Does anyone know if they are the same or otherwise how they differ? I can't find much difference, can you?

 Aquilegia vulgaris 'Woodside Blue' leaf
 
 

Looking for even more inspiration? Robert Hock's Aquilegia video on YouTube shows many named forms, visit and enjoy the show!

Described forms

All seeds are £2.50 a packet, cheaper for 6 packets or more

This section starts with singles, long-spurreds, then doubles, then stellatas, then coloured leaf forms. Similar colours have been grouped together within those sets. 'Note: 'ex number' is the number and description is of the parent plant …it's hoped that some, at least, will come true.

Aquilegia ex white flower

Aquilegia white flower

A single white, ever popular. Select seedlings without any purpley hue to the leaf stalks of the seedlings. Seedling plants flowering in 2008 were noticed to have three main heights. I assume therefore, that I have a shorter type (2'ish) a normal height (3'ish) and a hybrid

.AMAZING FACT: Aquilegias are also known as 'columbine' which is French for 'dove'. Can you see the 5 doves sitting in a circle having a good old natter 'tete-to-tete'?

 

Aquilegia white flower

Aquilegia white flower ex shorter forms

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

  Choose by number:
Below is ex1324 at 15-18"

Here is ex 1359. came to me as A kuhistanica seed. 1359

Aquilegia white flower ex 1762Aquilegia white flower

  This was from a lost label so parentage therefore unknown, but I think it is a green-leaved offspring of 'Elegant Opal'

 

Aquilegia ex 1119  white single

Started short but I think it's medium height now, say 22-30"

 

Aquilegia ex 2199 delicate white single (shown on RHS)

 

 

Both of these are shortish: 20-30" high, and a particularly delicate white single

 

or ex 1168 shown below, which is new 2016 seeds

Aquilegia other white singles

Don't wait for photos, they may never appear!

 

New 2016 seeds .... 4 new sorts:

ex ABM white single

Ex ABL unusual white single

Ex *** short (2') white single shows signs of ADM resistance

Ex Z slightly blushed white single, straight spurs

 

ex slender white

DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IS? If so please let me know.

I grew this originally from so-called A. coerulea seed …to which its shape and colour bear no resemblance!
For years, although visitors praised it's sleek lines and slightly creamy whiteness, I only collected seed as a mix of all my white singles. Then I decided to see if it came true from seed. It does! Just as well, as meanwhile my parent plant passed on. Do grow it, it's quite delightful!

Aquilegia slender white

Aquilegia ex 1920
2-tone lemon single

A vulgaris sized flowers. From a maroon striped!

New for 2014

 

Aquilegia ex 1506
Blushed yellow single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

This is a hybrid, so don't know what the offspring will be like, it's possibly a self-sown seedling from chrysantha, but flowers are mid-sized.

More below of similar with greater pink tints in them in the bicoloured list

 

 

Aquilegia ex 1170
Palest marbled pink single - becoming double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia 1170 palest marbled pink 

Aquilegia 1170 palest marbled pink 

What colour is pink?

How do I describe flower colours? I do the best that I can, and hope to get it right most of the time, eg that a dark pink is described the same whether it's in my front garden or the back garden! But what I call dark pink may not be what you imagine as that.

Here I have taken a photo that should help.
Starting at the BOTTOM is what I call palest pink, and going CLOCKWISE there is pale pink, pink, dark pink and finally ruby. Is that helpful?

Aquilegia: Mixed pink flowers

Aquilegia Light pink single

Aquilegia: Light pink single

Quiet charm, that lights up the garden.

2016 seeds

Aquilegia: Light pink single

Aquilegia ex 2438 dusky/marbled pink single

 

 

Interesting hybrid from 'Elegant Ruby' x a pink & yellow double.

Aquilegia at Touchwood 

Aquilegia pink single

Aquilegia: Sugar-pink single

Good sugar-pink colour.

Aquilegia: Sugar-pink single

Aquilegia ex 1867

Tall 2-tone pink single

Tall plant 2-tone pink (apricotty-cream) flowers with longish spurs. 'Rescued' from my plant sales area, so don't know the parentage! Very long season of flowering.

Aquilegia: Tall 2-tone pink
Aquilegia ex AG dark pink tall single   New for 2016



 

Aquilegia dark pink single

 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia: dark pink single Aquilegia: dark pink single

Aquilegia ex 1978 ruby single, creamy inside

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Good colour, from a red & yellow double

 

Aquilegia 2tone ruby single ex X6

Supposedly a seedling from 'Adelaide Addison' !!

 

New for 2015

 

ex H  Crimson

 

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 2336
2-tone light blue single single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Delightful

New for 2014

Aquilegia 2336 2tone light blue

Aquilegia ex 1760
Pale marbled blue single

 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Surprising seedling from a cross I made of 821 (creamy-white and blue double) with 835 (pink & yellow double). This seedling has leaf stems with no purple hue to them, so I knew it would be rather different to its parents. Goodness knows where the marbled blue shade came from! Offspring may be very variable, let's find out.

Aquilegia: Pale marbled blue single

Aquilegia ex 1525
Marbled blue variable

 

Some blooms are doubles, on this denim-blue flower. 

Marbled blue Aquilegia at Touchwood 

What colour is blue?

How do I describe flower colours?
I do the best that I can, and hope to get it right most of the time, eg that a good blue is described the same whether it's in my front garden or the back garden! But what I call blue may not be what you imagine as that. My photos of each plant should help, but remember digital pics enhance blueness. Here I have taken a photo that should help.
Starting at the TOP LEFT is what I call blue, and then good blue (yes, those are subtle differences).
Bottom row is purple then indigo-purple. Is that helpful?

Aquilegia: Mixed blues

Aquilegia ex 1398
Dwarf blue single

 

Under 12" tall

New for 2015

Aquilegia indigo single

Nice dark blue.

Aquilegia: indigo singles

Aquilegia ex 1625
Large indigo single

Looks purple on the photo. These are large flowers on a slightly shorter plant 2-2.5' / 60-85cms. Hybrid.

 

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 1626
Large indigo single

Again looks purple on the photo. These are large flowers on a slightly shorter plant 2-2.5' / 60-85cms. Goodness knows what the offspring will be like as the mother parent plant was a red & yellow double from Austria!

Aquilegia: Large indigo single

Aquilegia ex 1207
Short indigo-purple

Lighter inside.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia ex 1207 

Aquilegia Purple single

Aquilegia: Purple single

Richly coloured flowers.

Aquilegia: Purple single

Aquilegia ex 1164

Slatey purple single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Small flowers on a shortish plant with outfacing flowers.

Aquilegia Purple single 

Aquilegia ex 2588
nearly black, single/double

New for 2016

Aquilegia ex ACT  black single

New for 2016

   

Aquilegia ex 1773
Short black single

 

Aquilegia: Short black single

Aquilegia ex 2680 Black single

Black single, unusual shape, a seedling from 'Perfumed Garden' so could give some very interesting offspring.

 

New for 2015

Now we move onto the Touchwood range of seeds from

BICOLOURED SINGLES.

Firstly the vulgaris-types then the long-spurred ones.

Aquilegia ex  1071

Hint of a tint of pink, and white

Palest, palest pink in the sepals, with green tips. White petals.

Aquilegia: Pink and White 

Aquilegia ex 2410

Large light pink & white

Longer spurs.  And new 2016 seeds.

Aquilegia pink & white at Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex 2001

 Pale pink & creamy white

Some of these large flowers are doubles. May have golden leaves in its genes.

Aquilegia pink & white at Touchwood 

Aquilegia pink & creamy at Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex 1796
Lilac pink & creamy single

As this is a seedling from 955 (creamy yellow single) offspring will be variable.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia: Lilac pink & creamy singleRather taller than usual, at 3.5' / or just over a metre high, this has longish straight spurs. A strong and long-flowering plant. Aquilegia: Lilac pink & creamy single

Aquilegia ex 1815

Delicate pink & creamy

You have the possibility of getting seedlings with yellow in from this hybrid, or even golden-leaved seedlings.

 

New for 2015
 

Aquilegia ex 2021

Pink & creamy single

Longer spurs and blades. May have golden-leaved genes in it.

New for 2014
Aquilegia 2021 

Aquilegia ex

Pink & white single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

This is the Aquilegia vulgaris pink & white, whereas the others offered are hybrid forms.

also ex AC new 2016 seeds
pink and white aquilegia at touchwood 

Aquilegia ex 2089

Pink & creamy single / double

... as you can see, some flowers are double. Like with other 'creamy' colours here, when opening it can be really yellowy but fades in maturing to almost white in some plants.
Aquilegia pink ^ creamy 

Aquilegia ex X8

Crimson & white single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

A very floriferous seedling from State Series 'Georgia', this is VERY robust plant and flowers have thinnish twisted sepals.
 

Aquilegia ex 2295

Large crimson & white single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Another of my winning seedlings from State Series 'Georgia'. This one has large flowers that are held partly nodding to outfacing. A strong and long-flowering plant.
Aquilegia 'Georgia' seedling 

Aquilegia ex 2548 Ruby & white single

From a pink-&-white double

New for 2015
 

Aquilegia ex 1211

Crimson & white single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Outspreading white petals and thin sepals.
 

Aquilegia ex 777

Palest blue & white single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets



Aquilegia at Touchwood No 777 

Aquilegia ex 757

Palest marbled purple & white single

(some double flowers)

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets yet New for 2015 as it looks like I forgot to list it last year!

 

Aquilegia  ex C

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Sold out 2015

 New for 2016

 

Aquilegia  ex 2506
2-tone lilac & white

 

New for 2015 

 

Aquilegia ex 1326

Shorter blue & white / 2-tone blueAquilegia: Dwarf blue & white

This  blue and white single came from purported A kuhistanica seeds …but that species is unlikely to exist. This is pretty though, isn't it?

2013: it even had a few double flowers!

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

 

Aquilegia ex 1980
Blue and creamy inside

Hybrid.

Aquilegia 1980 

Aquilegia ex
Indigo & white single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

 

Aquilegia ex 1744
Large indigo & creamy white

 

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex ABH
 indigo &  white

 

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 856
Blue-purple & white single

 

 

Aquilegia ex 2120
Blue & creamy hybrid

longer spur

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Another exciting hybrid this time of A. 'Elegance' x ? …
where ? means I couldn't read the writing at harvest-time! The photo is actually of the above 1908 as I have no photo of this one (I wasn't going to keep it then realised I couldn't bear to part with it!

Again, expect very variable offspring including golden leaved ones.

Aquilegia: Blue & creamy hybrid

Aquilegia ex AL
Large indigo & white single

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 884
Deep purple & white

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Well-coloured single.

Aquilegia ex 2532 purple & white single

 

New for 2015

 

Aquilegia ex 2526 dark and creamy

From a 'lost label' plant comes this fine, floriferous plant. Starts creamy yellow and ages almost white, with a slight look of A oxysepala about it.

New for 2015    also 2016 seeds

 

Aquilegia ex ABD
almost-black & white

Almost-black & white, large flowers

 

Touchwood Harmony Mix

Yellow bicoloured mix

from 12 parents for 2015 or double-sized packets from 2014 from 35 parents

Introduced as a Mix in 2013

These are unusual, they are the sorts of colours found in large, long-spurred aquilegias, but these are often only vulgaris-sized blooms. Some may hold their heads hanging like the vulgaris cultivars rather than the long-spurred ones, which face outwards. Yes, you've guessed, these are hybrids. Because of this, you'll be likely to get some very different and unusual offspring from this seed mix.

There's also the opportunity to buy seeds from individual plants, as featured below.

harmony mix

Aquilegia ex 1970
Nodding yellow single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

From a pinky-orange & yellow double came this charming, nodding yellow single. Love it! 

aquilegia yellow hybrid 

Aquilegia ex 1507
2-tone yellow

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

These 2-tone (or blushed) yellow flowers are midsized and borne on a plant that may prove to be slightly shorter than the usual 3'. This is a self sown seedling, possibly from chrysantha (that I thought usually came true …what results have YOU had with Touchwood's chrysantha seeds?).

A hybrid, so offspring likely to be very variable …and probably desirable as well!

Aquilegia ex 1907
Pink & creamy single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

I lost the label, but this is possibly an 'Elegance' x chrysantha hybrid

Aquilegia ex 1656
Pink & yellow single

This came from a red & yellow double. Offspring may give exciting surprises!

Aquilegia ex 904
Pink & yellow single

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Seedling from 'Perfumed Garden' mix

Aquilegia ex  ABC
pink-red & strong yellow

New for 2016

 

 

Aquilegia ex  2667 red & yellow

New for 2015

Hybrid C x dark pink & yellow double

 

 

Aquilegia ex  X8 red & yellow

New for 2015

 Some double flowers

 

 

Aquilegia ex  NR4 dark red, yellowy inside

New for 2015

ex amazing red & yellow variable hybrid

 

 

Aquilegia ex O crimson & yellow

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 1655
Maroon & yellow single

The maroon colour is 'sludgier' on the outside, I love it!

From a red & yellow double

Aquilegia ex 2151 indigo-purple & yellow

New for 2016

Aquilegia oxysepala-like yet ex1575 Aquilegia aff sibirica

Aquilegia ex X8FF large purple, yellow inside

New for 2015

From an indigo & creamy white double x  yellow double 

 

Aquilegia ex 2049
Indigo-blue and creamy single

Unknown parentage.

 

Aquilegia ex 1725 dark with yellow inside single

 

Wow, how good is THAT!? A seedling of 'Elegance' x ? …yes the cross-pollination label faded before harvest so only the mother parent was known. This has 'Elegance's dark colour but is bicoloured with yellow inside, so presume yellow genes from the pollen parent.

Hopfully I'll get some golden leaved aquilegias in the next generation, and so will you.

 

HYBRIDS from TOUCHWOOD  

I've had great fun with hybridising in 2011 and seeing the results in 2012. There are some hybrids (f1 generations) that appear fairly uniform, because their two parent plants were standard cultivars, strains or species. Here I share with you some of those splendid ranges. Choose which hybrid and you will usually get seed from a particular numbered plant …if you want to try seed from different plants then that's what you will get if you order more than 1 packet of a certain hybrid.

Be aware you will NOT get offspring the same as these plants. You will be growing the f2 generation so expect a glorious array of all sorts of characteristics from each of the parent plant as well as the hybrid itself. That's why I inform you what the parentage is, both here and elsewhere in my list where I offer plants grown from seeds that I have pollinated myself. There will also be further consternation/ excitement/ chaos/ fortune caused by natural cross-pollination by bumble bees bringing in OTHER characteristics (genes) not found in these hybrids or their parents. Buy, sow, and have fun! And do let me know your results. I find growing long-spurred types difficult here in Swansea, I think our winters are to 'warm' and wet for them to thrive. These hybrids show tremendous vigour, the 1 year old plants were far larger than I think I've ever grown any long-spurreds in one year …though most were also grown to flowering in nursery rows rather than being potted up in the winter.

ex Touchwood Hybrid A

Pink & creamy long-spurred

2 - 2.5' 1st year and up to 5-6' the next!

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

HYBRID A is Aquilegia chrysantha x a "dark pink & cream long spurred"

There was some variation in colour tint of the pink and the cream in these offspring, however the differences were not as great as tint differences between when a flower first opens and the colour it fades to when fully open and mature. You can see those differences for yourself with the 2 photos that show 2 flowers …both have a just-opened and a more mature flower.

Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid A, pink and cream long-spurred
Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid A, pink and cream long-spurred
Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid A, pink and cream long-spurred
Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid A, pink and cream long-spurred

ex Touchwood Hybrid B

Red & creamy yellow long-spurred

2-3'

HYBRID B is Aquilegia chrysantha x a "red and creamy yellow, long spurred"

Very little variation between plants, see the photo top left of 2 flowers, each from a different plant.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid B, Red and creamy yellow, long-spurred
Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid B, Red and creamy yellow, long-spurred
Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid B, Red and creamy yellow, long-spurred
Hybrid B

Aquilegia ex
TOUCHWOOD HYBRID C

3' / 1m

Red & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

HYBRID C is Aquilegia chrysantha x a "red & yellow species type"

The flowers are rather smaller than Touchwood Hybrids A & B, but the phenomenal colours make them more magnificent in the garden. The next generation of plants should include larger sized flowers from the A chrysantha genes.

Very little variation between plants, a really intense red & yellow, a real showstopper. I had so many plants all the same that I sold some and they went as quickly as I put them out. Strong plants and very floriferous over a very long period, they only disappointed me because they set very little seed indeed.

Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid C, Red and yellow, long-spurred
Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid C, Red and yellow, long-spurred
Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid C, Red and yellow, long-spurred
Touchwood Aquilegia: Hybrid C, Red and yellow, long-spurred

Long spurred hybrids

Below I offer some seed from some choice long-spurred hybrids. Will they come true? I don't know, but all are likely to be desirable plants.

Artist Sandra Candler has beautifully captured the airy nature, charm and impact of these type of flowers in this beautiful painting.

By the way, for more Aquilegia Artwork visit http://www.aquilegiaholic.at/page69.html

Aquilegia painting

Aquilegia ex 2237
Short white long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

I'm always wary about putting 'short' as I've lost track of the times that the next year the plant has become full height, so I just had a stunted specimen.

This reminds me of Spring Magic white but (this first year at least) flowered very late rather than early.

 

Aquilegia ex
Creamy-white long-spurred

1384

I have seed from several of these plants.

aquilegia 1878 

Aquilegia 1652 creamy white long-spurred at Touchwood

Aquilegi ex 2117
2-tone creamy long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Slightly blushed, is this a Harbutt's hybrid.

aquilegia 2117 white long spurred 

Aquilegia ex 1463
Slightly-blushed cream long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets 

aquilegia 1463 blushed cream long-spurred 

Aquilegia ex 2395
Hint of pink, and creamy long-spurred

Surprise from a blushed yellow pompom double! 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

2395 aquilegia 

Aquilegia ex 2057
Pink & creamy long-spurred

Whoops, no pic! So the pic shown is a similar one.   Hybrid Seed is 2016

Aquilegia ex AI   2-tone dark pink-ruby long-spurred

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 2488  dark red & creamy long-spurred

This hybrid is similar to it's father, although its mother plant was  a blushed-yellow double.

and 2016 seeds

New for 2015

 

Aquilegia ex AM    Lilac & creamy long-spurred

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 2450
Purple & white long-spurred

From a red & yellow long spurred. 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia ex 2450 

Aquilegia ex D    purple & white long-spurred

 Wonderful short plant and very floriferous, do try it.

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex AAV
Purple & creamy-white long-spurred

 

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex AJ
Purple & creamy-white long-spurred

 

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 2196
Small yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets 

Aquilegia ex 2196 

Aquilegia ex 2431
Small yellow long-spurred

 

Aquilegia ex 2431 yellow long-spurred at Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex 2784
Small yellow long-spurred

New for 2015 

 

Aquilegia ex X10
Yellow long-spurred

Outward facing flowers mid-sized.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Aquilegia ex 2003
Yellow mid-sized long-spurred

A flavescens seedling

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia ex 2365
Yellow long-spurred, outward-facing.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Aquilegia ex X65NR

Blushed yellow long-spurred

New for 2015 

 

Aquilegia ex X605
Yellow long-spurred, slight blush

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

.

 

Aquilegia ex 1992

Blushed yellow mid-sized long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Chrysantha x blushed yellow double.

Aquilegia ex X85
Yellow long-spurred, slight blush

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 Mid-sized, flowers held at an angle which is not apparent as I'm holding it in the pic. This plant is for sale.

 

Aquilegia ex 2031
Blushed yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

 

Aquilegia ex 1658
Blushed yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Seedling from a double in these colours.

Aquilegia ex K
small pink & yellow long-spurred

New for 2016

 

 

Aquilegia ex ACH
 pink & yellow long-spurred

New for 2016

 

 

Aquilegia ex ACY

 pink & yellow long-spurred

outward-facing blooms

New for 2016

 

 

Aquilegia ex ABG

 pink & yellow long-spurred

outward-facing blooms

New for 2016

 

 

Aquilegia ex 2271
Pink & creamy long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

McKana hybrid

 

Long spurred aquilegia 2271 pink & yellow at Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex 1469
Large pink & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Photo shows it next to its mother plant, this is the LARGER of the two flowers.

Long spurred aquilegia 1469 pink & yellow at Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex 1739
Dark pink & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Large flowers, from a pink & yellow double.

Long spurred aquilegia 1739 pink & yellow at Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex 1893
Deep pink & mottled yellow long-spurred

Fairly short, 8-12"

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 2839
orangy-pink &  yellow long-spurred

Mid-sized blooms

New for 2016

Aquilegia ex 1738
dark pink-red & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Fairly short, 15" / 40cms this is a seedling of an orange & yellow double.

Brother to the above, but a stronger yellow.

Rather like a Spring Magic plant.

 

Fairly short, 15" / 40cms this is a seedling of an orange & yellow double. 

Aquilegia ex 2270
Orange-pink & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

 

Aquilegia 2270 pink & yellow longspurred at Touchwood

Aquilegia ex 1282
Orange-pink & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

 

Aquilegia 1282 pink & yellow longspurred at Touchwood

Aquilegia ex 2042 orangy-red & yellow mid-sized long-spurred

Hybrid seedling from cross-pollination of A. chrysantha x a blushed yellow double.

Aquilegia ex 1341 orangey-red & yellow long spurred 

Aquilegia ex 1825 

Red & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

A seedling from A. hinckleyana, I love this, especially looking at the flowers from behind, and the buds before they open.

Aquilegia ex 1995

Rose & yellow long spurred

Seedling from (supposedly) A. flavescens.

Aquilegia ex 1220 

Red & yellow long spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Aquilegia ex E

Red & yellow long-spurred

 

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 1823

Deep red & yellow long-spurred

About 12" tall, 30cms.

also 2016 seeds, really delightful, do buy some whilst you can....

Aquilegia 1823 red & yellow long-spurred at Touchwood

Aquilegia ex 2238

Crimson  & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Seedling from a complex cross that I'm developing.

Aquilegia 2386 red & yellow long-spurred at Touchwood

Aquilegia ex 2189

Sludgy red & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Aquilegia 2189 sludgy red & yellow long-spurred at Touchwood

Aquilegia ex 1832 light slatey purple & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Great colouring …seedling from a red & yellow long-spurred

Aquilegia ex 1831

Slatey maroon & yellow long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Sister to the above …seedling from a red & yellow long-spurred

 

Aquilegia ex 2616
Lilac & creamy long-spurred

 

Ex 1832 (above) light slatey-purple & yellow long-spurred.

New for 2015

 

Aquilegia ex 2159

Purpley,  yellow inside, long-spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

From a bicoloured long-spurred x red double with yellow inside.

Aquilegia 2159

Aquilegia ex 2035

Purple & yellow long spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

From a large blue & white double x blushed yellow double.

Aquilegia 2035

Aquilegia ex 2811
Purple & yellow long-spurred

 

From 'Milk & Honey', some scent.

New for 2015

 

 AQUILEGIA LONG-SPURRED MIX

From 20 parents for 2015 and/or double-sized packets from 2014 from 40 parents

eg McKanas, Dragonfly, coerulea hybrids, Songbird series etc.

USUALLY these are bicoloured, having either white or yellows as the second colour. The yellow, of course, can be any shade from creamy to orangey.

Aquilegia Touchwood
PHARAOH'S TREASURE MIX

From 8 parents for 2015 or double-sized packets from 2014 from 23 parents

 

What a great selection …from all types of yellow singles with a few doubles added for even greater effect. Most parents were long spurred Aquilegia chrysantha types including blushed yellow ones, some will be smaller flowered or even nodding blooms.    OUT OF STOCK  

Pharoah's Treasure

Now let's look at seed collected from my many and varied DOUBLE FORMS

Then stellata (clematis-flowered) forms, then variegated and golden leaved

Aquilegia ex 2148 White pleated double

I'm separating out some more of my popular white doubles, so you can buy several types and have a wider gene pool.

Aquilegia 2148 white pleated double

Aquilegia ex 1464 White double

 

 

white double columbinel

Aquilegia ex 2553 White double

 

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 227 White double

New  seed for 2016

seedling from a special 'Alchemist Mix' from Plant World.

 

Aquilegia ex 2075 White pleated  double

New  seed for 2016

Aquilegia ex 749

Hint of a tint of pink double

 Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets 

 

 

Aquilegia 742

Aquilegia ex 774

Hint of a tint of pink full double

Aquilegia: Hint of a tint of pink, full double

Hint of a tint of pink full double

Aquilegia: Hint of a tint of pink, full double

Aquilegia ex 1363

Pink, with hint of apricot, small double

 

Expect surprises as the parent plant was an A. ecalcarata!

Aquilegi: Pink, with hint of apricot, small double

Aquilegia ex 743

Light pink pleated

Light pink pleated double.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

Aquilegia: Light pink pleated double

Aquilegia ex 2529

Light pink double

 

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 1273

Pink-lilac double, scented

 

Another scented one.

Aquilegia 1273 lilac pink double

Aquilegia ex 2503

Pink  frilly double

 

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex1236

Pink double

 

May have stellata genes in.

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 1264

Pink variable

Aquilegia: Pink variable

Pink variable: most flowers are frilly doubles but some are singles or stellatas

Aquilegia: Pink variable

Aquilegia ex 1263

Pink pleated double

Pink pleated double

Aquilegia: Pink pleated double

Aquilegia ex 2524

Pink  double

New for 2016  

Pink double, flowers early

Aquilegia ex 1397

Stellata pink double

More double than the usual clematis-flowered stellata forms, but not as doubled as the Barlow type, is this rather alluring flower.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

Aquilegia: Stellata pink double

Aquilegia ex 1385

Dark pink Barlow type

 

Isn't that captivating? Should come fairly true from seed.

Aquilegia: Dark pink Barlow type

Aquilegia ex 2594

Darkish pink Barlow type

New for 2015

 

Aquilegia ex1870

Ruby frilly double


 Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets
Aquilegia 1870 ruby double

Aquilegia ex 604

Ruby double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets 
Whoops, no pic!

Aquilegia ex 1173

Ruby double


 Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets
Aquilegia 1173 ruby double

Aquilegia ex 905

Lilac double


Extraordinary colour

Aquilegia ex 900a

Tall light lilac blue double.

Aquilegia: Tall light blue double Aquilegia: Tall light blue double

Aquilegia ex 1161

Scented lilac double

 

 

New for 2016

Aquilegia ex 2545

Hint of blue double


New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 2387

Hint of blue double

From slender white.  New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 1597

Tiniest hint of blue pleated double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

No, I cannot see the hint in this pic, nor on the flowers this year (2012) but it had been there the previous season, just a fine blue shadowing.

Aquilegia: Hint of blue pleated double

Aquilegia ex 479

Light marbled blue double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Light marbled blue double.

Aquilegia: Light marbled blue double

Aquilegia ex 2198

Light marbled blue frilly double

 

 

Light marbled blue double.

and 2016 seeds

 

Aquilegia2198 marbled blue double at Touchwood

Aquilegia ex 2729

Marbled blue double

 

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 2123

Marbled blue-purple double

 

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 2507

2-tone marbled blue double

 

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 738

Marbled blue double

Aquilegia: Marbled blue double

Marbled blue full double with green sepals.Like all marbled blues, even these dark colours may be selected as soon as they germinate, just discard any with purple in the leaf stem.

Aquilegia: Marbled blue double

Aquilegia ex 2540
Marbled blue double

May have golden-leaved genes in it.

New for 2015.

 

Aquilegia ex 2679
Marbled blue pleated double

 

New for 2015.

 

Aquilegia ex 2564
Denim purpley double

 

 

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex XAN
Denim blue double

 

 

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex ABN
Marbled blue Barlow type

 

 

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 1804

Good blue pleated double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

A good shade of blue, strong self-sown plant.

 

Aquilegia: Good blue pleated double

Aquilegia ex 1417 indigo double

Sorry, pic looks purple!

 

Aquilegia: Indigo double

Aquilegia ex 2201

large indigo pleated double

Nice large flowers.

 

Aquilegia 2201 indigo pleated in the National Collection.

Aquilegia ex 2332

2-tone indigo loose double

Bound to be popular!

New for 2016

Aquilegia ex 1789

Indigo pompom double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia: Indigo pompom double

If a flower has at least 5 rows of petals (and 10 around in a circle) ie 50 petals minimum, I'm terming it a pompom form. Some of the very best pompoms may have up to 10 rows …100 petals!

Aquilegia: Indigo pompom double

Aquilegia ex 2504

Indigo frilly double  New for 2015 

Hmmm, I received this seed as Aquilegia baluchistanica, a little known species, so little known that I can find nothing about it online (!). Under this name, NARGS has an image of a very different Aquilegia, in an almost black colour rather than this indigo. And I'd never expect to see a species as a double flower, yet all the seeds in this batch came 'true' in as much as all were indigo frilly doubles flowering at about the same time. What is it? I don't know, but it's a lovely thing and I hope it proves to be long-lived.

Aquilegia ex 761

Purpley-blue pleated double

 

Aquilegia: Purply-blue pleated double

Aquilegia ex 1445

Indigo-blue double

 

 

Aquilegia 1445 indigo double

Aquilegia ex f5

Indigo-purple double  ... yes, the 2 pics show how the camera and conditions affects the colour on the same plant!

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 Aquilegia indigo-purple double

Aquilegia indigo-purple double

Aquilegia ex 2362

Blue 2-tone purple frilly double

 

yet another 2 pics to show how cameras can 'lie' about colours!

 Aquilegia 2362 2tonepurple frilly double

Aquilegia 2362 2tonepurple frilly double

Aquilegia ex 2590

Purpley 2-tone double

and 2016 seeds

 New for 2015 

Aquilegia ex 1504

Purple double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Good purple colour in the popular pleated double form.

Aquilegia: Purple double

Aquilegia ex XANS

Purple double

Good purple colour

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex ABJ

Large purple double

Good purple colour

NEW FOR 2016

 

 

Aquilegia ex1866

Dark purple full double

Large flowers on a shorter plant, from a double, dark crimson flower that had yellow inside.

 

Aquilegia: Dark purple, full double

Aquilegia ex 2216

Small, nearly-black double, lighter inside

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

From a red & yellow double , the lighter colour inside the petals could be yellow genes....

Aquilegia 2216 small nearly black double, lighter inside 

Aquilegia ex 2589

Dark, shading to light, double

and 2016 seeds

 

 New for 2015 

Aquilegia ex 2730

Black variable double

Swinging shape! Barlow type genes? Possibly, but the mother plant was a hybrid from A. buergeriana!!  Try it, bound to be great gene mix.

New for 2016

Aquilegia ex 1250

Black double, was single

 

This bell-shaped flower was a single in its first year, now it's double.... but I've no photos of that form, sorry.

 

 New for 2015 

Aquilegia ex 2002

Black pleated double

Surprise seedling from an apricot-pink & yellow mother plant!

Whenever I use the word black I mean the deepest crimson that verges on black, although some may be slightly different shades and tones, they will all be satisfyingly dark, and very handsome. Cameras can never catch the depth of colour in these flowers …unless taken against a light background …then it can be overdone!

Aquilegia: Black pleated double

Now let's discover the current Touchwood range of seeds from BICOLOURED DOUBLES.

Here the second colour is always white (or creamy)
The table that follows this one, of the Connoisseur's Choice range, include many bicoloured plants with yellow as the second colour.

The list starts pinks, reds then blues, purples to black.

Aquilegia ex 2228

Large pale pink & creamy pleated double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

The creaminess is quite yellow to start with.. From 1383 large blue & white.

Aquilegia2228 large pale pink & creamy double 

Aquilegia ex 1630

Pale pink & white hybrid, double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Sister to the above. This is a hybrid of 'Elegant Ruby' x a pink & yellow double. Therefore the next, f2, generation will likely be very variable including golden leaved ones.

also 2016 seeds

Aquilegia: Pale pink & white hybrid, double

Aquilegia ex 1640

Pale pink & white double

Seedling from a pink & yellow double, selfed.

Aquilegia: Pale pink & white double

Aquilegia ex 1171

Lilac-pink & creamy-white double

Seedling from aquilegia 'Flamboyant'

Aquilegia 1171 lilac pink & creamy double

Aquilegia 1171 lilac pink & creamy double 

Aquilegia ex 1624

Pink & white pleated double

 From a ruby & creamy yellow double and looks far better than the photo shows!

Aquilegia: Pink & white pleated double

Aquilegia ex 2305

Pink & white (starts creamy) double

and 2016 seeds

Aquilegia 2235 pink & creamy double

Aquilegia 2235 pink & creamy double 

Aquilegia ex 2605

Pink &  creamy double

 New for 2015

From a blushed yellow double, but also has some Barlow genes in.... exciting!

Aquilegia ex 1345

Pink & white loose stellata

Again a very variable flower. This grows next to 1329 (below) and both look good there, as seen in this photo of them both together:Aquilegia 1345 and 1329 loose variable doubles

Aquilegia 1345 loose variable doubles 

Aquilegia ex 1329

Pink & white stripy loose stellata

Voluptuous variable variety, very valuable!

 

This, and the above, are 2 of the most sought-after ones when people see them flowering in the garden!

Aquilegia: Pink & white stripy loose stellata

Aquilegia ex 1296

Dark pink & white  double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

The white starts creamy.

Aquilegia 1296 dark pink & white double 

Aquilegia ex X55DKPKWH

Dark pink & creamy white  double

The white starts beautifully creamy.

 

 New for 2015 

Aquilegia ex 1623 ruby & white pleated double

From a ruby & creamy double.

Aquilegia: Ruby and white pleated double

Aquilegia ex 1622
Ruby & white pleated double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Sister to the above, from a ruby & creamy double.

Aquilegia: Ruby and white pleated double

Aquilegia ex 1759
Red and white double

This is a hybrid seedling of either 'Elegant Ruby' x ecalcarata OR 613 x ? yes, I muddled up the labels on 2 crosseds so it's one or the other!!!! Doesn't 'look' like either set of parents is likely, but that's aquilegias for you! I assume the next generation will guide me to know which cross it was!

Aquilegia: Red and white double

Aquilegia ex 1642

Red & creamy doubleAquilegia: Red & creamy double

 

Opening creamy yellow than aging just about white. This is a hybrid seedling of a 'William Guiness' double form x ecalcarata , let's find out what traits offspring have!

Note I also crossed the same mother with a pink & yellow double, which gave similar effect. Strange..see below

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia: Red & creamy double

Aquilegia ex 1839

Ruby & white double

 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia 1839 red & white double 

Aquilegia ex 1459

Crimson & white double

Crimson & white double.

 

Aquilegia: Crimson and white double

Aquilegia ex 1332

 

Crimson & white full double

Awesome.       New for 2016


Aquilegia ex 2597

 

Ruby & white frilly double

From a pink stellata, so expect surprises.

 New for 2015 

Aquilegia ex 2226

Ruby & white double


Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets
From a similarly flowered parent that had gold leaves, so there may be some golden leaved forms in your offspring! In fact I'm unsure if this had golden leaves or not (!) as later in the season it can be hard to be sure ine way or the other. Aquilegia reby & white double 

Aquilegia ex

Blue & white doubles mixed

 

Aquilegia blue & white double 

Aquilegia ex 1150

Light-faced large indigo double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

quilegia large indigo double with a light face 

quilegia large indigo double with a light face 

Aquilegia ex 2596

Large blue & white double

 

 From 1633 

 

  New for 2015 

Aquilegia ex 1801

Blue and white double.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Self-sown!.

Aquilegia ex 1777

Large blue & white double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

These HUGE blooms started double then became single late in the season. Great buds!

Aquilegia ex 1298

Large indigo and white double.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Admittedly, most flowers are singles......

Aquilegia 1298 large indigo & white double 

Aquilegia ex 2334

Indigo and white double.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

  Aquilegia 2334  indigo & white double 

Aquilegia ex 821

Indigo and white full double

 

out of stock

Extraordinary, floriferous amazing indigo and white (starts creamy) double.

Indigo and white full double

After 2 years of selling these seeds, I suddenly realised: it's indigo & white not blue & white!

Aquilegia ex 1633

Blue and white double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Blue and white double, starts creamy. It was a HUGE plant in it's first flowering year (2012) and wowed everyone who saw it.

Seedling from 821 (indigo & creamy double) x a pink & yellow double, so expect varied offspring.

MOST AMAZING

Aquilegia ex AU

Blue & creamy white double

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex ABT

Blue & creamy double

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 1818

Indigo & white double

longer blades

Indigo and white double from my slender white single. Very different and exciting.

Aquilegia ex 1230

Indigo & white double

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex AV

Indigo & white double

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 1509

indigo & white double

Indigo and white double, ex 'Flamboyance'!

Slightly variable, a pleated double that may give stripy flowers.

Aquilegia ex 1618

Indigo & white double

From a pompom form.

Aquilegia ex 1636

Indigo & white double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

From a red & white double …let's hope for exciting variation from this one!

Aquilegia ex 1863

Indigo & white full double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

From 821 x pink & yelow early double. Now, it looks like I didn't actually list this online least year, so although they are last year's seeds, it is the first year of availability! I'm sure this would have sold out otherwise.

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 1861

Dark indigo & white pleated double


 

A little darker than 821, more an indigo-black colour, and has some stripiness on some flowers, see left.

Seedling from 821 (indigo & creamy double) x a pink & yellow double, so expect varied offspring.

Aquilegia ex 2375

Indigo-purple & creamy-white double

Lost the label so unknown parentage, started double but later flowers all single: 

Aquilegia 2375 Indigo-purple & creamy double-single 

Aquilegia 2375 Indigo-purple & creamy double-single 

Aquilegia ex 1628

Large indigo-purple & white double

Huge, open double flowers. From a large blue & white double x red & white long-spurred, one of it's sisters is below, No. 1741

 

Aquilegia 1628 huge Indigo-purple & white double 

Aquilegia ex X65PIW

Indigo-purple & white double

Oops no pic, but I selected a photo of a very similar one.

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 1741

Large indigo-purple & white double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Huge, open double flowers. From a large blue & white double x red & white long-spurred, so expect surprises from these seeds!

Aquilegia Ex 889

Unusual purple-blue & white double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Surprise seedling from a cream & apricot, and it's scented.

Aquilegia ex 1654

Purple & creamy double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

From a delicate black & white double.

Aquilegia ex 686

Purple & white double

Aquilegia 686 purple & white double at Touchwood National Collection

Aquilegia 686 purple & white double 

Aquilegia ex 2366

Black & creamy inside double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Either I was colour-blind when I described this else in real life this is a far darker ruby than it looks (!). 

Aquilegia 2366 black, creamy inside double 

Aquilegia ex 1179

Delicate black & white double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

From a large lilac & white double.

Aquilegia ex ABR

small black & white double

 

 

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 2535

Black & white quilled double

New for 2015

Beautifully quilled (curled back) petals from a Barlow type.

Aquilegia ex 1181

Black & white double

Sometimes stripy.

Aquilegia ex 1649

Purple-black & creamy double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Part of my breeding program, the father plant was a pink & yellow, so I hope for more yellow in some offspring, as well as variation in the darker colour that it's paired with, here a purpley-black shade. 

Aquilegia 1649 purpley-black & creamy-white double 

Aquilegia ex 2315

Black & white pleated double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

From a burgundy & yellow double.

Aquilegia 2315 black & white double 

Now let's look at the  Aquilegia vulgaris f. stellata or star forms.

Also known as clematis-flowered, which is what I'll use for not-all-vulgaris-genes ones

Aquilegia ex stellata whiteAquilegia: White stellata

Aquilegia: White stellata

Stellata form, white. One of the unusual star or clematis-flowered forms. Do grow them in your garden and amaze your friends. 'Can those REALLY be aquilegias??!!' YES!!!

Aquilegia: White stellata

Aquilegia ex 2013

White not-stellata!

Well, I've put this with the stellatas, as that's the shape, but look, it has spurs on the flowers! Mother plant was a marbled blue Barlow type. Let's find out what the offspring look like.

Aquilegia: White Aquilegia: White

Aquilegia ex wall

Stellata pale pink

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Delicate colouring 

Aquilegia pale pink stellata form 

Aquilegia ex AAV

Clematis-flowered variable

Must find the colour!

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex ABK

Clematis-flowered variable

Like 'Touchwood Dreamtime' but a darker pink. see below

New for 2016

 

Aquilegia ex 2307

Stellata pink

(darker than Touchwood Dreamtime, found in named list) Lovely raised central area.

 

Aquilegia 2307 stellata pink 

Aquilegia 2307 stellata pink 

Aquilegia ex 2573

Marbled blue-purple stellata

New for 2015

Looks like there may be some purple in the leaf-stem.

 

Aquilegia ex 2574

Marbled purple stellata

New for 2015

Looks like there may be some purple in the leaf-stem.

 

Aquilegia ex 1787

Blue stellata variable

New for 2015

Ex 613!

 

Aquilegia ex1321

Stellata purple

From an darkish pink A. ecalcarata hybrid that looked rather like a Barlow shape.

Aquilegia ex 2769

Dark purple stellata

New for 2015

2016 seeds

 

Aquilegia ex ABZ 

Dark purple stellata but variable

New for 2016 

 

 

Aquilegia ex 2094

Large pale pinky yellow variable clematis-flowered/ long spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

I assume these forms (& see next entries) are hybrids of long spurred sorts with stellata-forms. In that case stellata shouldn't be used as a form, so I will use it here in a descriptive sense only! This is a seedling from 1015

Aquilegia: Large pale pinky yellow variable stellata, long spurred

Aquilegia ex 2100

Large pink & yellow variable clematis-flowered/ long spurred

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Sorry, abysmal photo for a very decent plant. Floriferous, I just forgot to take pics. 

Aquilegia 2100 pink & yellow large stellata variable  

Aquilegia ex 1099

Peachy-pink stellata type

Aquilegia: Peachy-pink stellata

Peachy-pink stellata. Well that was what it was in its 1st year (right) but this year (2010) its been variable with many flowers opening out to a peachy-pink and yellow long spurred type (left)

Aquilegia: Peachy-pink stellata

The final sorts in this section are the ones with golden or variegated leaves.

Aquilegia ex 2438

Dusky pink flower, gold leaf

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Gold leaf.

Aquilegia 2438 pink, golden leaved 

Aquilegia ex 950

Marbled blue variable flower, gold leaf

Gold leaf.

Aquilegia 950 marbled blue flower, golden leaves 

Aquilegia ex XANBK

Marbled blue flower, gold leaf

Gold leaf.

New for 2015

Aquilegia ex 2437

Indigo flower, gold leaf

Gold leaf.

 

Aquilegia 2437 Indigo with golden leaves 

Aquilegia ex 1613

Purple flower, gold leaf

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Gold leaf

 

Gold leaves can be selected as soon as the seeds germinate. Select golden (or variegated) leaved seedlings as soon as they germinate.

Aquilegia 1613 purple flower gold leaf 

Aquilegia ex  992

Black flowers, gold leaf

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Gold leaf. Some flowers were single, others double.

Aquilegia 992 black flowers, gold leaves 

Aquilegia ex  AZ & AY

Dark pink & white double, gold leaf

plus

Ruby & white double, gold leaf

My mistake! Seeds from 2 plants not one, both had golden leaves.... good luck!

New for 2016

 

 

Aquilegia ex  AP

Crimson & white single/double, gold leaf

 

New for 2016

 

 

Aquilegia ex  1940

Crimson & white double, gold leaf

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Gold leaf.

 

Select golden (or variegated) leaved seedlings as soon as they germinate.

Crimson & white double aquilegia at Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex  2232

Black & white double, gold leaf

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Gold leaf.

Black & white doubleaquilegia at Touchwood 

Aquilegia ex 1305

Variegated leaf, white double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Variegated leaf

 

Aquilegia 1305 white double variegated leaf 

Aquilegia ex 1167

Variegated leaf, light pink

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Variegated leaf

 

Aquilegia ex 2538

Variegated leaf,  pink stellata

 New for 2015 

Variegated leaf

 

Aquilegia ex 989

Variegated leaf, marbled blue double.

 

Aquilegia marbled blue flower and variegated leaf 

~ Aquilegiachatlist

Remaining seeds from the seed exchange.
Monies raised will go to help run next year's exchange.

Spare seeds from the email interest group's seed exchange. Any monies raised helps to fund the exchange by contributing to postage and packaging costs.

Just order as: aquilegiachatlist and the description given below. If you don't say aquilegiachatlist then I won't be able to find them! Choose from these:

 

light blue vulgaris ;           tall pale pink pale yellow medium spur

dark clementine;               white double;                short plum double

silver white pompom;           single yellow;           single pink / green

yellow long spur;      pale yellow chrysanthsa;      dark purple shaggy

tall double purple and white and pink and white frillies

purple/white long spur;      white pleat;    white clematiflora;     5' purple medium spur

 

OR CHOOSE 10 for £10 incl postage. It should be some of  the ones listed and other donations (not listed, as Touchwood lists them above) …you'll have to be surprised!

Carrie, Just a quick note to let you know that I received my seed order last week and promptly got them stratified this past weekend. Thanks again for offering these seeds and dealing with my order in a prompt and efficient manner. I look forward to seeing the outcome of this purchase in 2011. Best regards, Jonathan Thompson, Canada 'Dear Carrie, you have done it again. You have infected me with the severest form of aquilegia fever. Here is my order for this year. A. Volkenborn, Germany. 'Coming to your website is always a feast for the eyes especially right now in the dead of winter. Blessings and thanks,'Maureen Smith, Ontario, Canada 'A big thank you for the wonderful aquilegias that we have in our garden now following the acquisition of your seeds last year. They are quite splendid and thriving in spite of the weather and the North Yorkshire climate. Kindest regards, Mike Holden. 2012 I was so overwhelmed by those exiting aquilegias you sell, that I ordered almost all just double ones. However I overlooked those more elegant ones, singles and maybe fragrants as well. I felt very sad, because I thought that I had to wait another year to make a new order. And then to wait another year to see them in bloom. That's much too long. So I decided to make another order this year. ;-) Reinhard Oberleitner, Austria

Touchwood Treasures...

Very special golden and golden bicoloured doubles.

I'm breeding double forms with yellow in, and been granted National Plant Collection status from Plant Heritage to cover these taxa. I don't think you're yet likely to see anything else like them! However, if you DO know of others, please let me know, I want to increase my gene bank as much as possible. Thank you. All seeds are £2.50 a packet, reductions for 6 or more packets.

ex HYBRID D
Yellow double, short

Yellow double, an f1 from hand-pollination of a large yellow single and a yellow double. One parent is short, the other 'normal' about 90cms/3'. This seed will give you variable f2 generation plants: all should be yellow, some double, some very double, some single, and varying heights. Fun!

 

Golden aquilegia yellow double hybrid D

ex 1040 Yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Aquilegia: Yellow double

ex 1018  Yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia: Yellow double

Yellow double.

The first year from seed this was only 15" tall …now it's normal size. Why does this happen ….could it be that the pots I re-use had contained plants that had been sprayed with something that keeps them compact? Is that possible …anyone know?

Aquilegia: Yellow double

ex 1546
Small yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

SOLD OUT but left for inspirational pics

Very delicate, the flowers start double (like the above) then later ones are singles (as shown below) double.

Big enough (and on tallish plants, about 1m) to make a good impact in the garden, these are also dainty enough for me to use as a beautiful corsage  

Aquilegia: Small blushed yellow double

ex 1075
Yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 One of my earlier yellows that were double, so long-lived.

yellow double aquilegia at Touchwood

ex 2301
Yellow double

 Slight blushing on a good yellow colour.

 

and 2016 seeds

yellow double aquilegia at Touchwood

ex 1969
Yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

 

Yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2020

Purpley-blushed yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 


Yellow double bred at Touchwood
Yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2014

Blushed lemon double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Light lemony yellow that ages to more of a cream. f1 from a large blue & white double x blushed yellow double.

Blushed lemon yellow double aquilegia Touchwood

ex 1532
Blushed yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Aquilegia: Blushed yellow double

ex 1508
Blushed yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Aquilegia: Blushed yellow double

As seen on TV! S4C Bwy yn yr Ardd, June 2012 LINK TO YOUTUBE VERSION.

It's in Welsh, there's a subtitle button to press to get English written captions.

Aquilegia: Blushed yellow double

ex 1904
Blushed strong yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 

Aquilegia: Blushed strong yellow double

Hybrid of A. chrysantha x pink & yellow double.

Aquilegia: Blushed strong yellow double

ex 1991
Large blushed yellow double

Hybrid of A. chrysantha x pink & yellow double.

ex 1906
Blushed strong-yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

 From A. chysantha x early pink & yellow double.

blushed yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2224

Pink & creamy double

 New for 2015 

This beauty may have hidden Barlow-type genes!

 


ex 1188
Purpley-pink & creamy double

Very light purply pink and creamy yellow double.

ex 2592
Lilac-pink & creamy yellow double

 

The strongest yellow is as it opens, beautiful subtle colours that blend well.

New for 2016

ex 1751
Lilac & apricotty large double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

From a double pink long spurred. Very special and such unusual shades that I'm putting it here.

ex 1039
Peachy double

Aquilegia: Peachy double

Peachy (yellow with pink) double. Also has some single flowers later.

Aquilegia: Peachy double

ex 775
Dark pink shading to apricot full double

Dark pink shading to apricot full double …the apricottyness doesn't show well in the photo …sorry.

ex 691
Dark pink shading to apricot double

Sorry, sold out ...left to inspire

Red shading to apricot double, an absolutely stunning showstopper plant, in glorious flower for weeks (if not months) right outside my front door. 4' tall'so appreciates support. This is a seedling from my amazing red & yellow hybrid (see below).

ex 1117
Cerise pink double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Smaller flowers, that start as beautifully formed doubles then late flowers are rather nice singles. From a red & yellow double.

ex 1192

ruby-apricot (fades to white) double

 New for 2015 

 

ex 1056

peachy-pink & yellow double

 New for 2015 

 

ex 1905
Pale pink & pale yellow double

 

Large. Seedling from A. chrysantha x pink & yellow double.

How do the 'pink & yellow' doubles differ from 'blushed yellow doubles'? Some are obvious, with more pink with the yellows. Others more subtle, and may well be whatever my initial thought was as the first flowers opened! YOU judge, from the photos and decide what you'd like..remembering you will get huge variability in the offspring!

ex 1781
Pinky & yellow double

Aren't Aquilegias wonderful!

Here's another hybrid of A. 'Elegance' x ?
…where ? means I couldn't read the writing at harvest-time!

 

ex 1803


Lilac pink & creamy double

Sister to the above, another hybrid of A. 'Elegance' x ?

There's bound to be interesting offspring and hopefully some with golden leaves.

 

2016 seeds.... get it while stocks last, it sold out last year, 2015

ex 835
Pink and yellow double

Aquilegia: Pink and yellow double

Early flowering, and giving similar and other good offspring.

Pink and yellow double. Started single the first year …then WOW …when it became double it was an absolute show-stopper. In 2010 it was probably the first double pink/yellow aquilegia in flower …and nearly the last!

Aquilegia: Pink and yellow double

ex 1596
Pink and yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Seedling from the above, selfed, so it was both mother and father to this one.

 

 

oh no! no pic, rather like the above

ex 1440
Pink & yellow double

Seedling from 1000, purple striped, so expect some surprises in the offspring!

Aquilegia: Pink and yellow double

ex 1919
Pink & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Seedling from huge blue & white double x pink & yellow double. Should get some great f2 plants!

ex AAA
Pink & yellow double

Gold leaf

Is this an ultimate? Certainly it is where I wanted my breeding program to go: a blend of my pink-&-yellow double with golden leaves. Superb. Do see what you get from these seeds.

 

New for 2016

 

ex 1617
Deep pink & yellow (ages white) double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets

Hybrid, so expect varying offspring.

 

ex 2767
Pink & yellow double

 

New for 2015

ex 2757
Pink & yellow double

 

New for 2015

ex 1473
Pink & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

 

 

pink & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2018
Pink & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

From a pink & white double.

pink & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1552
Dark pink & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

Later flowers tend to be singles, with longer spurs.

pink & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1739


Dark pink & yellow double

 

New for 2015

ex 2350
Dark pink & yellow double

Like many of these golden doubles, later flowers may be singles.

 

pink & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1681
Dark pink & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

From a pink & yellow double, selfed.

ex 1988
Large dark pink & yellow double

pink & yellow double bred at TouchwoodEarly birds... 

 

pink & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1989
Large dark pink & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

Hybrid from A chrysantha x 1061 blushed yellow double.

 

pink & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex G
Dark pink & yellow double

 

 

New for 2016

 

 

ex L
Dark pink & yellow double

 

 

New for 2016

 

 

ex AB 
Dark pink & yellow double

 

 

New for 2016

 

 

ex 1854
Orange-red & strong yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

Hybrid from A chrysantha x 1061 blushed yellow double.

Pink red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex Hybrid E  f1
Pink red & yellow double bred at TouchwoodOrange-pink / rose pink & yellow short double

Hybrid E is raised from the cross between shorter, early, long spurred x 1061 blushed yellow double. Is it orange-pink? Rose? Red-pink? Anyway, subtly different to most shades of my doubles, expect a range of shades, singles and doubles and varying heights from these desirable f1 hybrids. (I was greedy and kept ALL these plants for myself!)

Pink red & yellow double bred at Touchwood hubrid E

ex 2247
Small green-tipped orange & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

Green tips more noticeable as flowers start to open    ....with later flowers tending to be singles.orange & yellow double bred at Touchwood

 

orange & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1758
Orangey-red & yellow double

Ex 1061 pink & yellow double.

ex 1533
Orange-red & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

From a red & yellow double. I find, on average, that I get at least 20%of the seedlings coming up as 'doubles with yellow in' from the sorts of plants featured in this list. Some may have much larger percentages, and it will vary year-to-year depending on how busy the bumbles have been.

ex 1572
Orange-red & yellow double

  

New for 2014

ex 2076
Orange-red & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

From A chrysantha x pink & yellow double.

orange & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2434
Orange-red & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

From a similar parent, sister to the one below.

 

orange & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2435
Orange-red & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

From a similar parent

orange & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1966
Dark pink & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

Note this is a hybrid, so expect variable results, the mother plant was A. chrysantha and the pollen plant a pink & yellow early double.

Aquilegia: Dark pink & yellow double

ex 1610
Dark pink & yellow double

 Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

Pink red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2187
Deep pink-red & yellow double

 

From a red & yellow double. Unusual shade of red, and the yellow fades to cream as the flowers mature.

Pink red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2668
Red & yellow double

From Hybrid C x a dark pink & yellow double.

New for 2015

ex 1054
Red and yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

Red and yellow full double

Aquilegia: Red and yellow double

ex 1755
Red and yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

From red and yellow double

Red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1638
Red and yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

From a cross between two bicoloured doubles, one had white genes and one had black! The yellow ages to creamy.

 

Red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1570
Red and yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

Red and yellow double

Red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2390
Large red and yellow double

 

Red and yellow double

and 2016 seeds

Red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1854
Red and strong yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

Red and yellow double

 

ex 1860
Red and yellow double

 

Red and yellow double

Red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex ACZ
Dark red and yellow double

 

 A VIP red and yellow double

 

New for 2016

 

ex 2312
Crimson and yellow double

 

Why have I called this crimson? Perhaps it looks that colour in real life. Red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

 

Red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2311
Crimson and yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

Sister to the above.

Red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2298
Purple-red & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

Red & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2813
Crimson & yellow double

From a dark red & yellow double.

New for 2015

I'm chasing after an elusive colour combination: blue and yellow doubles.

This is how close I get, ones that open a creamy yellow, but ages to white. It may be that I am unable to get my dream, results to date suggest that the yellow may actually transfuse through the blue, turning it purple (I know yellow and blue made green at school, can anyone explain this?).

 

 

ex 821
Indigo & creamy double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

Extraordinary, floriferous amazing indigo and white (starts creamy) double. I've listed this above, and 821, but also feature them here as they open a good cream colour before fading to white.

ex 1633
Blue and creamy white double

MOST AMAZING

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets. 

Blue and white double, starts creamy.

 

It was a HUGE plant in it's first flowering year (2012) and wowed everyone who saw it. Seedling from 821 (indigo & creamy double) x a pink & yellow double, so expect varied offspring.

ex 1809
Indigo and creamy white doubleIndigo & creamy double bred at Touchwood

Indigo and white double, starts creamy.

Seedling from 821 (indigo & creamy double) x a pink & yellow double, so expect varied offspring.

ex 2229
Large slatey indigo double, hint of yellow inside.

 

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

I believe the slatey shade is caused by a yellow flush throughout the flower that's only apparent inside.

Seedling froma black & creamy double. Purple & yellow double bred at Touchwood

Purple & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2703
Lilac & yellow double

 

 

 

New for 2015

ex 2017
Blue-purple & yellow double

 

Another stunner. May have some golden-leaved offspring.

 

New for 2015

ex 2223
Purple & yellow double

 

Complex hybrid

 

New for 2015

ex 2678
Purple & yellow double

 

 

 

New for 2015

ex AAE
Purple & yellow double

 

 

 

New for 2016

 

ex 2404
Purple, with yellow inside, full double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

Another stunner.

Seedling from 821 (indigo & creamy double) x a pink & yellow double, so expect varied offspring.

 

Purple & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2250
Purple & creamy yellow double

Large flowers and floriferous, one of the new stars in 2013.  A hybrid 821 (indigo & creamy double) x a yellow double, so expect varied offspring.Purple & creamy double bred at Touchwood

Purple & creamy double bred at Touchwood

ex 1688
Purple & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

Seedling from 821 (indigo & creamy double) x a pink & yellow double, so expect varied offspring.

Purple & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1727
Purple & yellow double

Whoh-ho, what have we here? From a huge blue & white double x pink & yellow double which had long spurs. Will offspring be the same? No.

Will offspring be better? Hard to imagine, but, yes some may very well be, that's what makes growing aquilegias so exciting!

ex 1699
Purple-backed & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

Yet another seedling from 821 (indigo & creamy double) x a pink & yellow double.

Purple & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 2111
Purple & yellow double

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

 

Unknown parentage ...I lost its label before it flowered!

Purple & yellow double bred at Touchwood

ex 1647
Purple & yellow double

From a yellow double! Thank you, Mrs Bumble!!

ex 1858
Purple & lightish yellow full double

With a choice like these, sometimes you just have to take out a loan or remortgage to buy all that you desire. Cutting back on your order is counterproductive and illogical.

Last year's seeds, so double-sized packets.

Think …buy loads now and not only will they flower and reward you next year and next year and next year …but also these plants will self sow, and cross pollinate and re-combine and produce ever more delightful offspring to keep you happy all your life.


Mind you, you might need another mortgage again later …to buy a bigger garden (and hope attached house is also worthy)

ex N
Huge purple & strong yellow double

 

 

New for 2016

 

ex 1776
Deep purple & creamy yellow double

Starts creamy yellow and ages creamy.

A seedling from 'William Guiness' double x ecalcarata.

ex 1444
Burgundy-black & yellow double

Almost black with yellow. Awesome.

 

ex 1998
Nearly black, yellowy inside double

 

May have golden-leaved genes.

ex 1358
Black & creamy double

Like many of these sensational colour blends, the depth of the yellow colour as the bud opens is the most dramatic, with a gradual fading to a creamy shade.

ex1307
Black & creamy double

Isn't that phenomenal?Aquilegia black & creamy double

Now let's have some mixes of these special doubles with yellow …only from Touchwood.

 

Shooting Stars Mix

Touchwood yellow doubles
from 7 parents

Yellow doubles mix.

Aquilegia: Shooting Stars Mix

Dragon's Breath Mix
from 10 parents

Aquilegia Dragon's Breath Mix only by Touchwood

From the land of dragons, comes seed from the remarkable collection of red & yellow doubles at Touchwood. To get an idea of the range of flowers included in this mix, see the ones pictured above as red & yellow doubles.

Having NOTHING to do with aquilegias, here's a link to WALKING the DRAGON , an article I first wrote for a family newsletter about a special walk here in Wales. 

SORRY OUT OF STOCK, please choose another mix

'Dragon's Breath' Red & yellow double aquilegias, only from Touchwood.

VOLCANO!

Touchwood Aquilegia 'Volcano!' mix

'Volcano!' Mix from Touchwood.
Doubles with yellow in, including yellow doubles & apricotty ones.

The photo well shows what my new aquilegia hybrid national plant collection is all about. Spectacular, aren't they?

SORRY OUT OF STOCK, please choose another mix

'Volcano!' only by Touchwood!

Touchwood 'Sunrise Surprises'

Touchwood Aquilegia 'Sunrise Surprises' mix

Seed from all sorts of pink and yellow doubles including the blushed yellow ones.

Pink & yellow doubles mixed

 

Touchwood 'Sultan's Glory Mix'

Purple & yellow doubles mix

 

These and the next mix look rather similar. And, yes, it IS difficult to separate some purples from 'blacks', but generally to the eye (rather than camera) in daylight, these are more purple, and 'Night Lights' are darker.

Touchwood Aquilegia Purple & yellow doubles mix

Touchwood 'Night Lights'
'Black' & yellow doubles mixed

 

Burgundy / black & yellow doubles.

Seed from those closest to black that I can get with yellow accompanying it. Sometimes the yellow fades to creamy with maturity of the individual flower.

Touchwood 'Black & Bruises!'

'Black' / blue / purple & yellow doubles mixed

 

What beautiful colours bruises go after some days, not just 'black & blue' but rich purples, burgundies and yellows.

I think that the name of this mix (of the 3 above mixes) captures the striking colour effects of old bruises, without having to undergo the original pain!

Dear Carrie, Please could I thank you for the seeds that you sent me last year. The germination rate was exceptional, much better than some of the larger commercial seed merchants.I have been most impressed with the Stellata mix. Although a simple flower, the range of colours has been tremendous. Out of all the aquilegias these seem to arouse the visitors curiosity more than any other, although all the others that you sent me are just as beautiful. What I am finding most interesting is the fact that I am finding two types of flower on many plants i.e Doubles with pom poms, doubles with stellata. Every day is an adventure in the garden, just when you think you have seen them all, you find another one even more striking hidden away. Once again many thanks for the enjoyment you have given me with your seeds. Yours Very Sincerely, Jim Forshaw, Lancashire May 2008 Such an appealing flower. I remember the first time I noticed a columbine when I started gardening. I was enchanted with this mystery plant. I didn't want to know it's name because I was afraid it would lose it's allure. It has lost the mystery but I love it even more. Valerie Gillman Michigan USA They are normally thought of being short-lived I can assure you of this: there's one old, propably a Vulgaris cultivar growing in my garden in the same place, and it's the same root, not off-sets, for about 45 years! Planted by my late mother, I have a picture of me with mother beside the Aquilegia when I was about 4-5 years old and it's still there, same place flowering each year. Reijo Sodergren, Finland How will you know if you've arrived in Heaven? You will suddenly be walking through endless fields of Aquilegias! :-) Aidan Tagg, Worcs

10 of the best special offer

Leave the choice to me and get 10 packets of aquilegia seeds for £12 INCLUDING UK POST & PACKING (overseas: usual shipping minus £1) Your selection will include at least one packet of: mix, a stellata form and several different doubles. 10 packets of YOUR OWN CHOICE would normally be £21 including postage. Also available for non-aquilegias.

10 packets from the Aquilegiachatlist £10

Get 10 packets of aquilegia seeds for £10 plus postage/shipping  Your selection will be from the seeds left over from the Aquilegiachatlist seed exchange. Fresh seed from all over the world! Get something that is a bit different.

Last year's seeds

Let me choose from all my left over last year's seeds, and go for: LUCKY FIVE £3.50 A lucky dip of 5 packs of last year's seeds TERRIFIC TWENTY £10 or FANTASTIC FORTY £15
Strictly my choice, but I won't include anything that you order at the same time, & you can choose categories you want/don't want from: annuals, biennials, perennials, trees and shrubs, alpines, bulbs, vegetables, climbers, herbs, Aquilegias, Geraniums YES, you can have JUST AQUILEGIAS if you ask. There's postage costs, and you can order this years seeds at the same time.

Requesting your help about names

As you may be aware there is great confusion in the names of Aquilegia cultivars, and as a collection holder I certainly don't wish to add to the problem! One major reason is that Aquilegias from seed may not come 'true'; due both to promiscuous bees but also due to recessive genes (so a plant 'looks' right (eg double blue & white) but has hidden genes (eg for singles, pink, white and 'not bicoloured'!).
Therefore, PLEASE do not name the plant until it has flowered and looks 'true' to its description.
MIXES: Resulting plants should not be labelled, for example, 'Touchwood Eventide' or even 'Eventide' as they will be a total mix, of some recognisable named cultivars together with un-named forms.


LABELS

Good quality white labels 30 for £1 65 for £2 Plant labelsPlant labelsPlant labels
'Invisible' green labels 20 for £1 45 for £2
'Highly visible' yellow 20 for £1 45 for £2
Orange, blue or pink, or mix 20 for £1 45 for £2

Label postage:

They are relatively heavy, so, for UK, 50p per 50
(or part thereof)

*Labels sent free with plants-by-post orders

Stabilo Write-4-all permanent marker  or Sharpie …£1.75 only with seed or plant order


DVD/ VIDEO

A Guide to Aquilegias: Sowing, growing & breeding

Touchwood DVD guide to growing Aquilegia

Unique DVD / video-guide
to Granny's Bonnets

£14.99 + £2.00 UK p&p

+ free packet of Aquilegia seeds:
you can choose!

I loved your DVD makes me think like I almost KNOW you!! It was very good and informative and your yard is beautiful. Lorna, California

  • Prices for 2016£2.50 a packet;6 or more: £2/packet;    20 or more: £1.50/packet ; 
  •  UK Postage & Packing is £1                 No aquilegia seed posted overseas now
  • READY RECKONER:
  • 1 packet=£2.50,
  • 2=£5,
  • 3=£7.50,
  • 4=£10,
  • 5=£12.00,
  • 6=£12,
  • 7=£14,
  • 8=£16,
  • 9=£18,
  • 10=£20,
  • 11=£22,
  • 12=£24,
  • 13=£26,
  • 14=£28,
  • 15=£30,
  • 16=£30,
  • 17=£30,
  • 18=30,
  • 19=£30,
  • 20=£30,
  • 21=£31.50,
  • 22=£33,
  • 23=£34.50,
  • 24=£36,
  • 25=£337.50,
  • 26=£39,
  • 27=£40.50,
  • 28=£42,
  • 29=£43.50,
  • 30=£45,
  • 31=£46.50,
  • 32=£48,
  • .et cetera!

Yes …if you buy 4 packets, you may as well buy 6; and for anything over 10-12 packets, you will find 20 will offer very good value indeed!.   Don't forget to add any postage costs.
I always get proof of posting so that we can claim in the event of non-delivery. If you want signed-for delivery, it will cost whatever the rate is. I may insist on signed-for for large deliveries, so we both have peace of mind.

TO ORDER:
Email me * a list of seeds that you'd like, I'll check availability and confirm total costs with you.

PLEASE order in the order that the seeds appear in these lists, if possible, as it halves the time in preparing your order, and means I can find the seeds! Thanks. To make it easy for you, you can just put the acquisition number if you want, eg 608, although the failsafe way (in case you or I get it wrong) would be to put eg 608 pink feather duster.

*Trouble emailing? Some systems aren't compatible with this link. If so, send in your email system by putting carrie.thomas in front of @ntlworld.com to get my email address, else ring 01792-522443.

Solution GraphicsPAYMENT can be by cheque, payable to 'Touchwood Plants'. You may also choose to pay by card, which can ONLY be done through email invoicing and the Paypal secure site (you do not have to be a member of Paypal). Email me which seeds you want, I'll check availability, let you know total cost, and send an electronic invoice. And, yes, of course you may also use Paypal if you have an account.  You can also pay by direct bank transfer.

OVERSEAS I am pleased to post ANYWHERE in the world. However, please will you check (online search for your customs) that what you order is ALLOWED by your customs, otherwise the seeds may be seized & destroyed. I cannot check each and every nation's rules myself, so I must leave it as your responsibility, as you will be the one who loses out if anything doesn't get through. It is easy to check that you comply rather than shed tears at any losses. For my part, I am willing to do any extra work necessary for your customs' requirements, and not charge you anything extra. eg, Norway ONLY allows 50 packets of seeds in at a time. Info about US is really good at NARGS

GUARANTEE I fully expect you to enjoy a good germination from my seeds. If that is not the case, please let me know, for either information and advice, replacement seed or a credit note. But when you do get good results …please tell your friends and let them benefit from good seed of cottage garden, rare and unusual plants at a brilliant price!!

  2015 is the last year I will have collected aquilegia seed to sell (for this 2016 list).. as the collections continue to die from downy mildew, see below. 

Please consider whether you still wish to buy my seeds, knowing that there is downy mildew here.  I am no longer sending any seeds overseas.  If downy mildew of aquilegias entered other countries via my seed I could never forgive myself. Not only are columbines in gardens at risk, but all the wonderful wild flowers, every species of aquilegia could be susceptible.
 

  UNHAPPY NEWS  New KILLER disease of aquilegias: DOWNY MILDEW, please read: This is my last ever aquilegia seedlist . In, 2014, I had downy mildew of aquilegias infecting many plants the collections. I have no  collections any more. Downy mildew is a new disease of aquilegias, and has killed most of my plants. I have informative webpages about it, please follow this link: DOWNY MILDEW OF AQUILEGIAS.  I don't collect seed from DM infected plants (they are usually dead anyway) but there is a risk of contamination by spores or even spores inside the seed. However, if your germinated seedlings look unusual do let me know and send photos. In particular: yellowy, angular patches on the leaves, more upright growth, lighter, whiter leaves or sickly and/or dying seedlings. I’ve never yet seen a seedling infected from the start, but research is being carried out (including seed harvested from infected plant ‘portrait 3’ shown in my DM case history webpage). Sowing of such seed is an experiment to see if seed transmission is possible. Three research establishments will be working in different ways with such potentially contaminated seeds.


It is not known if downy mildew is transferred by seed. It is possible. For example, there could be long-lasting oospores on the outside the seeds. If so, after a resting period, such oospores can germinate when conditions are suitable and produce and release thousands of spores to infect aquilegias growing nearby. This could happen many months after the aquilegia seed had germinated, when the seedlings are a good size. It may never be clear if such older seedlings have been infected by oospores (via seeds) or from other sources, such as blown in by the wind or via clothing of garden visitors.  Research is currently being undertaken by Fera, and I have sent batches of my most suspect seeds (that I do NOT sell) to be included in the experiments.
  Do visit this link to find out more about this killer disease, it leads to 11 more very informative pages with plenty of photos of what to look out for. In particular, to keep a watch for possible symptoms in springtime as your established plants come into growth in spring, visit http://www.touchwoodplants.co.uk/aquilegia-downy-mildew-spring-plants.htm
 
Here’s another couple of links: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/11406556/Killer-disease-cripples-aquilegia-collection.html and  http://www.gardeningforhealth.com/contents1a/2015/04/new-killer-aquilegia-disease-sweeps-the-uk/
 
Please check the aquilegias that you already have in your garden for signs and symptoms.  If you have it, or think that you do, feel free to email photos to me (I can usually confirm), together with your village/town and county so that I may add to the directory of where it is found: http://www.touchwoodplants.co.uk/aquilegia-downy-mildew-UK-&-world.htm 

Packing Touchwood Aquilegia seeds

Stop Press November 2011:
training sessions of the next generation of machines commence

Most of Touchwood's seed is grown,
harvested & packeted here in Wales
Welsh flag

Seeds arrived quickly and in good condition. Thank you The aquilegia seeds I bought from you at Gardeners' World Live last year are now coming up in seed trays in my green house, and as I am relatively new to gardening it's very exciting! Everything is looking amazing, plants out and growing madly, seeds up and on the go--just fabulous thank you Congratulations on an outstanding catalogue - your seeds have superb germination. I find only Plant World comes near to you! This year my seeds germinated so well that I may end up digging up part of my lawn! Ian Miller, Galashiels Venditrice precisa e veloce. Ottima transazione!!! Immer wieder gerne. Super gelaufen! Alles super gelaufen. Danke Bin sehr zufrieden! Danke f'r die Zugabe The seeds you sent me earlier have all germinated. I shall have some to give away. Thanks, I shall recommend you to all my friends. Jan Etchells