What’s With Delphiniums?


IMG_6797So many plants grow easily in Maine.  My problem is not being very expert about any of them.  Take delphiniums.  They are beautiful, but little did I know about how tall they grow.  As I watched them mature, I thought it possible that I’d planted one of Jack’s beans!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe taller they g0t the more top heavy they became meaning they bent and broke no matter how carefully they were staked.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell, I thought, I’ll just cut these beauties and take them inside.  As soon as they were disconnected from their stem the blue ones began raining petals, but the lighter colors proved to be long lasting on table tops throughout the house.  On this table runner, they were also the inspiration for a casual table.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt was one of those nights for a house favorite, fish chowder.  Playing off the yellow in the  runner, these plates served as a charger for varied colored bowls.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor salad, I chose these harlequin patterned dishes.  I never tire of using them as they are so versatile and add interesting pattern.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANapkins are one of my favorite table accessories as they are not only functional but add a little artistic flair to any setting.  This one is a simple accordion fold which when spread becomes a standing fan.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs this understated table shows, it doesn’t take much to make the ordinary special.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow, about those delphiniums.  I felt so defeated by their unruliness that I cut them down to the ground, but they are a very determined flower.  Here it is September and they have come back ready to bloom and still growing!  We’ll see if I’m any luckier controlling them the second time around.

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12 thoughts on “What’s With Delphiniums?

  1. Hi Linda, The great thing about delphinium is that they do grow quickly, but you need a tomato or peony cage to hold them up. I was thinking of you recently while touring an exhibit of Andean woven textiles at Yale, and then I came upon a sculpture named lulu! I said I must get over to see what Linda is up to!! Enjoy the end of summer in Maine! Linda

  2. This same thing happens to me with my delphiniums. They are so beautiful when standing tall and then they droop because they are so full of blooms and heavy. I have tried trellis and stakes but there is still a good amount of breakage! They frustrate me and if it wasn’t for their beauty I would weed them!!!

  3. It is a challenge growing tall flowers in Maine because of the winds. The Delphiniums seem to have a mind of their own and are determined to give you blossoms. 🙂

  4. I really like the last picture with the set table and the lovely flowers. They look so magnificent! Makes any meal so much more! I do not have a green thumb, but a white thumb..dusty white flour on it – not ‘flower’. I suspect the delphinium grew too tall and thin from reaching for sunlight or needed to be staked earlier. But what you say, you could consult nurseries to get the answers you need.Good Luck!

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