In a vase on Monday: Nick’s delphiniums

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I’m often inspired by Cathy’s meme, In a vase on Monday, but it doesn’t usually take me to the keybord. It’s silly really, because there’s usually a vase of something from my garden on the kitchen table. However, like these flowers, they are often things I felt sorry for, that fell over in the garden or were hiding their faces in the mud.

It’s the same story this Monday afternoon. I was out picking spinach in the rain (lovely!) and saw that my husband, Nick’s, special delphinium (the first to flower of about 20) had fallen over and broken. The plant is obviously fine – it’s just the flower that suffered. Next year the delphiniums will be supported properly.

And so, because he works away from home and he won’t see it otherwise (that’s actually one of the main reasons I blog in any case) – here are your delphiniums Nick!

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This variety is just rather boringly known as ‘Blue with White Bee’ – I wish I could say it was ‘Lancelot’ or ‘Guinevere’, or something more romantic.

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But they do look nice cosying up with Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’, nigella and some roses that were also in need of rescuing. I’m getting fonder and fonder of the white nigella, although I didn’t take to it to start with.

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At the bottom of the vase (the roses have such short stems) are David Austin’s pink rose ‘Eglantyne’ and the old white Damask that is becoming a real star here – ‘Madame Hardy’.

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Can you see the little button of green at the centre of the flowers?

My last picture is a cautionary tale – of two rain-rescued roses and how different (and clashing) two reds can be. To the right is ‘Etoile de Hollande’, a climber that grows at the front of the house. To the left is D. Austin’s ‘William Shakespeare’. Not happy together in a vase – thank goodness they don’t share a bed!

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I love Cathy’s Vase on Monday meme at Rambling in the Garden’. It sometimes gets me as far as taking pictures and blogging about my vases (although not often, I have to learn to put time aside). Perhaps more important (from my point of view), it inspired me to start a cutting garden, something I’d never considered before. Consequently, I’m hoping to join in with Julie’s cutting garden meme next month at Peonies & Posies. Meanwhile, thanks to all you ‘cutting garden bloggers’ for passing on so many tips about growing cut flowers.

24 thoughts on “In a vase on Monday: Nick’s delphiniums

  1. Kris P

    Your rescued Delphiniums are beautiful, Cathy, and, as you said, deserving of better monikers. I’ve always loved Delphiniums but they’re not well-suited to my climate, even if the plants are offered by the local garden centers. I’m glad to have an opportunity to enjoy them in your photos.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Glad you enjoyed – I planted them against my better judgement because they require work! But they seem to be thriving, in spite of me!

  2. Julie

    I love your delphiniums Cathy – such a good idea to save them from their collapse in the garden! Your garden is certainly a few weeks ahead of mine – I am still waiting for roses, nigella, nepeta & delphiniums. I do hope you can join in with my Cutting garden meme in June and thank you for the mention!

    1. Cathy Post author

      I guess we would be ahead, and it’s quite hot our south-facing slope in any case. Looking forward to the June cutting garden – even took a few pics for it yesterday!

  3. pbmgarden

    Cathy, your rescues are really lovely. The delphinium is gorgeous and wow! Fabulous roses. I sometimes find I’ve spent way too many hours getting a vase ready to share, but it’s enjoyable to have the flowers indoors.

    1. Cathy Post author

      I know what you mean about spending too much time – I tried to do this quickly as it was a spur-of-the-moment thing. But I do love the meme and would like to try harder to contribute to it!

    1. Cathy Post author

      Ha! Grecian toga – it is a very classical vase, Joanna. The only decent one I have – I am fond of it, but sometimes wish it wasn’t Wedgewood, because that means I’m sure to break it!

  4. woodlandgnome

    Nick’s special Delphinium is gorgeous . I am glad you were inspired to use them in your vase today . The Nigella is special , too. Such a beautiful combination of flowers 🙂 WG

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks for that comment. I really hope he enjoyed it too, however, I’ve never known him to leave a comment yet!

  5. Amy

    A perfectly gorgeous delphinium, Cathy – I am not jealous… honestly 😉 but I never have gardened anyplace where they would grow well so it’s wonderful to get to see them elsewhere! And I love the combination with the white Nigella and the roses – just lovely 🙂

    1. Cathy Post author

      It’s the first time I’ve ever grown them! Nick forced/persuaded me to go for a special offer on named plug plants last year – a saga in itself when they arrived bashed and bruised in the post. But now they are in the ground, they seem to quite like it here, so perhaps they’ll stay with me!

  6. Cathy

    I like Joanna’s toga reference and see where she is coming from and I am sure Nick will be delighted to see his delphiniums used this way. For the first time ever I have got a delphinium to flowering stage which I am very excited about, grown from a small plug, and coincidentally I also have a replacement plug waiting to be planted out which is ‘Blue with White Bee! Yours (sorry, Nick’s) looks stunning with the nigella and nepeta – I have white nigella seedlings from seed I collected last year am looking forward to them flowering too! Thanks for sharing all this loveliness Cathy 🙂

    1. Cathy Post author

      I wonder if we got our plugs from the same place, Cathy? I bought mine last June (over twenty varieties, I think it was, from Hayloft Plants). It was a really good offer and they plants have done better than expected. I always think I’m too careless and hasty a gardener to get delphiniums growing well.

      1. Cathy

        Yes, Hayloft have some really good offers – and I am exactly the same as you with delphiniums, which is why I am surprised that I have one about to flower!

  7. Christina

    Delphiniums are gorgeous, I used to grow them in the UK but have always thought it too hot for them here, but of course in the cutting bed they might do very well. The Larkspur are similar and seem to flower for ages which is probably better for picking. Good luck with the cutting border, I’m sure you’ll. e as pleased as I was when I started mine last year.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Thanks Christina – I was very dubious about them because our slopes are so hot. It was only when I finally started gardening below in an area that gets part day shade (no sun from about 3/4pm) that I thought I might manage them. And then my arm was twisted by Nick and a very good offer from Hayloft Plants!

  8. gardeninacity

    Broken flowers often make for beautiful bouquets. A flower is a terrible thing to waste! Nick’s Delphiniums are lovely, and I really like the Nigella included in the arrangement.

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