I have a certain pride…
When sharing flowers that I’ve nurtured in my own garden or grown from seeds; a pride that I’m sure isn’t warranted, but one I’m feeling about today’s flower. This flower’s light blue petals are stunning. Its unexpected center is brown with fuzzy yellow stamen. How joyful it is to grow flowers and to share them with you.
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points of interest
Introduced in 2010, this delphinium has double sky blue flowers with a hint of pink and dark blue-black centers, referred to as “bees.” A stockier plant bred for improved vigor, sturdy form and heat and humidity tolerance, blossom branches comprise about half of the plant. The leaves are deeply lobed and lighter green. Classified into the elatum group, these delphiniums are the most spectacular of the species. Appearing throughout summer, use as a cut flower or in a butterfly and hummingbird garden.
Grow in fertile, alkaline to neutral, well-drained soil, with average moisture in full sun or partial shade. Remove all but the strongest 2-3 stems when they appear in spring (or 5-7 on well established plants). Trim the main spike after blooming to encourage side shoots to flower, prolonging bloom period and bushy appearance. Protection from strong winds is recommended. Allow to self-seed by leaving spent blooms.
friday’s flower fact
Named from the Greek word for dolphin (Delphis), individual delphinium flowers resemble a dolphin’s nose.
Botanical Name | Delphinium ‘Moonlight Blues’ (New Millennium/New Zealand hybrids)
Family | Ranunculaceae
Type | Perennial
Origin | Garden (worldwide parentage except Australia and out of zone)
Zone | 3-7
Flower Height | 2½'-3’
Flower Diameter | 2½”
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