Delphiniums

Delphiniums: Reds, Whites, and Blues

When I took this picture I saw several things.  The first was a really cool blue stalk with gorgeous white and blue layered flowers.  The second was that the stalks of flowers  silhouetted against a field of pink and reds.  The color is so vivid and alive.    However, the plant is a mystery to me.

I admit that I’m not much of a gardener.  Living in a rather urban setting, there are few opportunities to practice growing anything more than an odd tulip now and again.  I should say that between tornadoes, hail storms, and the oppressive drought or summer heat from May to October, it is difficult to grow long-term plants that don’t end up looking like they had a 3 round fight with a weed-trimmer.

There was no sign telling me what kind of plant I was looking at.  Therefore, I did what anyone would do.  I Googled it.  This hybrid flower is one of the 300 species of the Delphinium plant.  It is a perennial found in many gardens throughout the world.  Gardeners are fond of the large spires of flowers and the unique color combinations that are found.  I discovered that they are only grown outside of the comfort zone of a cool climate like Alberta and Colorado as annuals.  Otherwise, they remain classified as perennials.   They remain a favorite with butterflies and hummingbirds.  However, it’s best to keep dogs and toddlers away from them as they are quite toxic and can make them very ill.

I’d imagine the Texas heat in July and August would melt them which would explain why I hadn’t seen this type of flower being grown around Dallas before.

I found this website gives good information on the different types of Delphinium available.

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http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plant-dictionary/perennial/delphinium/

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