Ms Thomas said: "I now see that I had some infected plants at least a year ago, but had no reason to believe that a sickly-looking Aquilegia
plant had a virulent infection of any sort, let alone one likely to lead to the death of the plant after efficiently infecting other plants around it, as well as creating the long-term issue of resistant, infective spores in the soil.
Carrie Thomas of Killay near Swansea has been growing aquilegias
for 15 years and owns the only two national collections of these flowers in Britain.
TIPS Bright, bold plants such as stunning purple iris, above, and, below, blood-red aquilegia
, will have a bigger following.
THE beautiful aquilegia
is a flower that deserves a home in any garden
I let the self-sown aquilegias
flower but if they are not the double claret, out they come before they seed.
cope well in full sun or in the dappled shade on the wild side of our garden.
I also love Primulas, Campanulas and Digitalis but I got totally hooked on Aquilegias
And there's alchemilla mollis, Japanese anemones - especially the white varieties - aquilegias
, astrantias, brunnera, campanula persicifolia, coreopsis verticillata, dicentra spectabilis, doronicum Miss Mason, echinops ritro, geraniums Wargrave, grandiflorum and Johnson's Blue, geum Mrs Bradshaw and Lady Stratheden, heleniums, hemerocallis or day lillies, lupins, lychnis coronaria, monarda, nepeta, phlox, pulmonarias, rudbeckias, sedum spectabile, sidalcea, stachys lanata and tradescantia.
I'm planting aquilegias
, lupins, black hollyhocks and verbascum' I'll start them in pots to avoid the slugs, then grow them on to flower next year.
DON'T miss our fantastic collection of 25 new double aquilegias
for half price - only pounds 17.
Check borders for self-seeded foxgloves, aquilegias
, campanulas, forget-me-nots and other flowers.
IF you are growing plants from seed, then aquilegias
are a great place to start.
Last week Tracey Banks emailed in because some of her aquilegias
had set seed.
Liz Freeman ABECAUSE aquilegias
flower so early, their seed is set and very often ready for collection by July.
A former medical rep, Ms Thomas now makes a living out of her love for aquilegias
which began when she was five years old.