In a Vase on Monday – Granny’s Bonnets


For this week’s vase I decided to feature aquilegias which as I said in my last post are a real favourite.  The aquilegias in the vase are the real Granny’s Bonnets, as in one of the common names for Aquilegia, as opposed to the long spurred aquilegias I showed in the GBBD post which I believe hail from the US.

But what foliage to use to show the flowers off?  I decided to go for some woodland plant foliage as after all aquilegias are woodland plants.  So in the vase with the Aquilegia is Bessia, Astible and Maianthemum. Finally to add a little height I added some sprigs of Tellima grandiflora; not a particularly interesting plant but the tiny pink tinged flowers work well with the pastels of the aquilegias.


And the vase is the simple cheap glass one I have used before but I want to show case the delicate flowers.

For other Monday vases ramble over to Cathys at Rambling in the Garden


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Julie says:

    This is really lovely Helen and looks like a natural wildflower bouquet. Tellima grandiflora is a great support act. Reading blogs reporting of Aquilegia downy mildew makes me cherish this wonderful plant even more. Glad to see yours are looking so healthy.

  2. That’s lovely – delicate and naturalistic.

  3. Christina says:

    I echo Julie is that I’m glad to see your Aquilegias are looking healthy; they are such a lovely delicate flower. your vase is very pretty and feels like a woodland in spring.

  4. Thanks for that bit of info on the differences between Granny’s Bonnets and the US columbines. Either way they make a lovely bouquet. And they remind me that i need to go see if mine are blooming yet!

  5. Quite lovely Helen…I adore Granny’s Bonnets and mine will be blooming soon….of course our native Aquilegia canadensis, a bit different, is a favorite of mine and I know yours too…..your vase is chock full of woodland beauty!

  6. Cathy says:

    The different detail on aquilegias is so fascinatingly beautiful, isn’t it Helen? I love to inspect them at close quarters in a vase so yours are a real joy today and will give you much pleasure, I am sure. Thanks for sharing

  7. Kris P says:

    I have a tough time growing Aquilegia in Southern California. I wish I had the plenty your garden produces.

  8. Anca Tîrcă says:

    I love Granny’s Bonnets, mine are in full bloom these days and taller than ever. Lovely vase, Helen!

  9. rickii says:

    Some of the folksy common names can’t be beat.

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