Thursday, July 23, 2009

Delphinium Tour

First Stop: My Wildflower Garden

I really like Delphiniums, mine are pretty puny, well what did I expect..no water other than rain, no weeding, despite all their hardships out in the wildflower garden they are going to bloom. I do know where to find some of the best Delphiniums in the entire country. I have lots of old customers that are smiling this time of year when the Delphs have had a great summer.


I drove up on the prairie, I love the prairie. I was born and raised on the edge of the prairie with a view of the woods. I love my trees here in the woods..but those prairie views are so good for your soul.

Second stop: My cousins

Another good thing for your soul is visiting one of your cousins with beautiful Delphiniums...she loves the dark eyed ones, and wanted only those. However..she does have a few white eyed ones..that are my favorite! It must have been a mislabeled seedling..maybe Far Guy did it. I used to order the seed as a mix, start the seedlings early enough in the spring so that they would shoot a bloom in a four inch pot, so I could transplant into a gallon size pot that was appropriately marked for color and eye. Once they bloomed, if you removed the flowering stalk..you sometimes were rewarded with added blooms. I grew three series of Delphs, the main thing to remember about them is they are heavy feeders, and like plenty of moisture and cool weather. They usually overwinter pretty well too.. however wind and heavy rain are their enemies, especially when they are heavy in bloom.

I had a wonderful visit with my cousin, she is such a special lady. She is a very busy gal, I took an off chance she would be home and she was! She is in the process of remodeling her house..I was anxious to see what her vision was, she isn't done yet as she was doing some finish carpentry when I arrived. She has all the angles for the corners worked out, and her saws were on the deck, she had her tool apron on and a big smile on her face! I told her that I could hear her Delphiniums calling my name, they are gorgeous..and the lettuce from her garden that she sent home with me was fantastic! :)

13 comments:

  1. Her delphiniums are beautiful! I'm like you, I like the white eyed ones the best.

    That prairie view is very serene, I could get use to that! Around here it's rolling green pasture.

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  2. What beautiful flowers. The prairie view is so peaceful. Glad you had a chance to visit with your cousin. Maybe later you can share what she's been working on. Hope you are having a good day.

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  3. The flowers are absolutely gorgeous. I love the color. And I agree about the prairie. That is a great shot of those clouds.

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  4. Wow, they are all beautiful plants with such rich colors. Your climate must be great for the dels, I had a lupine for one season, and a very whimpy light blue del for a couple of years. Just couldn't get it to do much except die. Enjoy your weather. The prairie shot has a wonderful cloud with a teddy bear in it.

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  5. I am jealous! I have tried so hard for YEARS to grow this plants and after awhile they ...just..die. Sigh. It has to be our heat. Heat and wind. Heat and wind and sun...and HEAT!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  6. The Delph's are lovely. Mine don't do well. Probably for a number of reasons. And I'll be darned, there IS a teddy bear in the clouds over the prairie! Great photos!

    The Duchess

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  7. There is no description for how that color of blue makes me feel.... but it is a good feeling.

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  8. Loved the flower shots and those clouds are so beautiful against the prairie sky!

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  9. Ahh I can just imagine looking out over the prairies. I love looking out over our ponds and rolling hills. I am sad your greenhouse is gone. But you sound happy. Growing things are a lot of work. I've observed that the Greenhouse growing business is a little bit of sparkly beauty sandwiched between two big slices of work.

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  10. Wow... I love the flowers. And that wide open prairie view is just gorgeous! Now that really must be good for the soul!

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  11. Your flowers are lovely, and I really like the clouds on the prairie. Thanks for sharing.
    Sunny :)

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  12. Oh, I recognize those flowers! I love those delphiniums too. I bet mom is thrilled to have her flowers on your blog. Your praire picture is gorgeous. Just absolutely gorgeous.

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  13. Great visit, you with your cousin me here! I love your take on flowers.

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