Some seeds such as Aquilegia and Larkspur become dormant when collected and stored. In the garden our usual winter weather is all it takes to break the seeds dormancy and trigger germination. Moisture in the soil and frost action both help to break down the hard seed coat so that shoots and roots can grow.
It’s lashing it down with rain here today. It’s good for the garden! Luckily I had already cut some flowers and they were standing on my studio verandah waiting patiently in buckets full of water. So I’ve arranged and photographed the flowers indoors for a change.