Aquliegia Alert

The Aquilegias (Aquilegia vulgaris) have just started opening in my rockery…

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They really add height and colour after the tulips have faded…

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I shall be looking out for a couple of new ones I planted late last summer, but in the meantime most of them seem to be pale pink or purple…

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I can’t imagine my rockery without them, so I was very worried when I recently became aware of a terrible disease threatening Aquilegias in the UK. If you grow them or intend to buy one, please read one of the following links – early identification is essential.

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The Telegraph

Apparently it is limited to certain areas and is particularly widespread in the south-west of England. However, my Mum is farther north (Northamptonshire) and has been saddened to find that all of her Aquilegias have disappeared. It only takes one plant to spread this mildew, which then stays in your soil and will prevent you from being able to grow them in the future too.

Carrie Thomas, who owned the National Collection, lost almost all her plants last year. She has compiled some useful information on her website, including a list of reported cases and where they are:

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I hope your Aquilegias are safe!