This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Delphinium

My all time favourite cottage garden flower - Delphinium. They're tall, attractive and need little care (apart from staking).
Variety: Delphinium Pacific Hybrids. Grown from seed several years ago. Flowers June.
Flower buds before they open.

These plants seem to like where they're planted, reaching almost 6 feet. They get bigger and better every year! My attempt at staking them with sticks and canes above. Photo taken 18 June.

A little bit of wind damage above - my staking didn't quite do the job!                                                     Photo taken 25 June.

The same delphinium in fuller flower. Pictured are only two plants.

Another group of delphinium in a different area of the garden, only about 2-3 feet tall. Same type of seed as the plants above, however, this year one of the plants changed to a 'mini' (pictured) - maybe lacking nutrients or on its way out. I've read articles that say delphinium need replaced after a few years. (Not sure if true).











Same flowers, just different angle...

9 comments:

  1. What beautiful blooms Kelli!!

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  2. I love the light blue variety. What gorgeous blooms Kelli ~ I say 'bah' to staking them. You have picture perfect blooms!

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  3. They really are beautiful. I remember seeing 6 ft. tall delphinium in Ireland. I have two growing that will bloom, and two new ones that I planted a few weeks ago. I love them too, almost as much as foxglove.

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  4. Your garden must be an absolute delight right now - you have so many of the lovely Cottage Garden type flowers. I admire your skill at getting the blues to show up properly in your photos, too!

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  5. What a gorgeous colour. I've never grown delphiniums.

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  6. You have so many beautiful collection of blooms this month! If I only can visit your garden:). Is delphinium and larkspur the same?

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  7. Your delphinimn are spectacular! I've never seen ones so tall and big. And so bright a blue---just beauutirul!

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  8. How lucky you are to have good luck with delphiniums! I've tried them countless times, and they always fade away quickly. And they are so beautiful! Any secrets?

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  9. How lovely is that? The blue just takes your breath away. I also love Delphiniums because they do so well inside as cut flowers. I can tell you spend a great deal of time in your garden. Your photos are great.
    Kathy

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