Aquilegia and Scabious Early Spring Blooms

By 24th March 2017Fosseway Flowers, News

Spring time at Fosseway Garden Centre

The wonderful colours of Spring are today’s topic, and what better way to highlight these than two of our favourite early season flowers. Aquilegia (otherwise known as grannies bonnet) and Scabosia.

Take a look at our stunning galleries below, and for an even closer look  – why not visit Fosseway Garden Centre this weekend?


Aquilegia commonly known as granny’s bonnet or columbine, is a genus of about 60-70 species of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere, known for the spurred petals of their flowers.

The genus name Aquilegia is derived from the Latin word for eagle (aquila), because the shape of the flower petals, which are said to resemble an eagle’s claw. The common name “columbine” comes from the Latin for “dove”, due to the resemblance of the inverted flower to five doves clustered together.

Aquilegia petals show an enormous range of petal spur length diversity ranging from a centimetre to the 15 cm spurs of Aquilegia longissima.


The common name ‘scabious’ comes from the herb’s traditional usage as a folk medicine. Some species of Scabiosa are annuals, others perennials. Some are herbaceous plants; others have woody rootstocks.

The leaves of most species are somewhat hairy and partly divided into lobes, but a few are smooth and some species have simple leaves. In a few species the heads are sessile but in most species they are borne singly on a tall peduncle.

Scabiosa species and varieties differ in the colours of their flowers, but most are soft lavender blue, lilac or creamy white.