I discovered Flower Friday last year while visiting Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!
Here are some delphinium from my vegetable garden. These were taken this past summer. I thought I’d save these for winter to share some color!
These aren’t growing in a very nice area. They’re in the back of the garden by the woods, but they’re fairly happy. These would obviously be more elegant in a separate flower garden, but I enjoy viewing them while picking vegetables. They aren’t very fragrant, but butterflies seem to love them.
I started these from seed a few years ago. They didn’t bloom their first year, but became so full and lush in their second. They did fairly well this summer, but we had a little too much rain. As summer moves on and they continue to grow taller, more than likely they’ll need to be staked.
I was unsuccessful in prior years getting these to germinate, until I started using a heating element and found pelleted/coated seeds.
Now they come back every year gracing me with their beauty. It’s wonderful to go out and pick vegetables while viewing so much color and this flower is different from any other flower we have growing. These blue colors are rare in my gardens with only spider-wort coming anywhere close.
Delphinium’s petals have been said to resemble the bottle-nose of the dolphin, hence the Greek derivative of the name “delphis,” which means dolphin.
Botanical name – Delphinium elatum
Higher classification- Larkspur
Good for zones 3-7
Height 4-8 feet – Many require staking