This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
" J. T. B.," Tonah, Wis., writes : "I send by mail a blossom of wild Aquilegia. I sent a blossom to Cam. bridge, to Profs. Goodale and Watson. They write me it is different from anything of the kind they ever saw or heard of. 1 found the plant while in bloom last season, and removed it to my garden ; the blossoms are as large again this season as last. The one I send you is the last on the plant, and is one-third smaller than the first ones".
[This is a double variety of Aquilegia Canadensis, and the first of this species we have ever seen. The European species have often double forms, as we see under cultivation. A double Aquilegia is always interesting from the manner in which the petals are fitted into one another like a long string of empty flower pots. The finding of this double variety adds another to a long list, showing that nature as well as "the skill of the florist" is equal to the task of raising double flowers. - Ed. G. M].