The self seeded aquilegias are allowed a pretty free rein in the garden. We all love them and they spread themselves around finding their preferred spots and thereby flourish where others struggle. We have several varieties in yellow and pale blue, but it is this purple and white bi-colour that is the most vigorous. Its common name Columbine comes from the latin columba which means dove, which is rather lovely. It is also known as Granny’s Nightcap or Granny’s Bonnets but I would imagine that all the grannies I know don’t wear such attire to bed anymore. This needs to be confirmed.